Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license–for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world–and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
Since there are MANY covers here, I’m not going to break down my thoughts on every single one of them, because to be honest, this is a last minute post! ( I’m horrible and forgot >.< )
Here are my top 3
#1: German edition. Seriously I love it! No the girl on the cover is not “ugly” but she is not supermodel beautiful, and in the world Scott westerfeld created, you are told from birth, you are ugly until you have the surgery, even if you are already beautiful/handsome. I also really enjoy the effect created by showing the surgical lines.
#2 English edition ( bottom left corner ) I do think its a bit weird, but at the same time, that’s what makes me love it even more! I look at it two different ways. 1, they are piecing together barbi doll perfect features. 2, the characters in the book are trying to destroy this idea of perfection.
#3: English Edition ( top left corner ) Simply and intriguing, plus it’s the copy I own, can’t help but feel some loyalty to it lol.
The other ones just didn’t totally do it for me. not to say they are all bad, some of them just felt off. Ex: The English edition with the sheet over the face — just creeps me out too much. ANd the Spanish version feels more like a weird fairy tale than dystopian, yes in this world they can add drastic effects like this to their bodies, but it’s not really a huge part in the book I don’t think.
So what are your thoughts! Which ones do you love? Why? Which ones fell short? Why ?
I love hearing your opinions!!
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