This was a reread for me, I'm reading these books again for an assignment and I really enjoyed this book the first time and again this time.
The main character Tally kind of annoys me at first, but once her character develops and gets a bit more depth to her thoughts I really like it. The second half of this book is definitley the better part of the book.
The book tells the story of Tally Youngblood, it is set in a futuristic time when the human race has evolved and now when a person turns sixteen they get an operation that makes them beautiful and their status is changed from an "ugly" to a "pretty". Tally is an ugly who can't wait to be pretty, when she befriends Shay, she learns that there is a place people can go if they don't want the operation; The Smoke. Shay asks Tally to leave with her to The Smoke and Tally refuses, however Shay leaves her a set of directions to get there just in case. When Tally goes to have the operation a division known as special circumstances steps in and tells her she must follow the directions and go to the smoke to activate a tracker they gave her so they can disable The Smoke and make all those inside pretty. When Tally gets to The Smoke she learns that the operation also gives the person leisions on their brain that stop them making their own decisions, Tally then decides she doesn't want to leave or betray her new friends, especially David, whom she has fallen for and throws the tracker into the fire. This immediately activates the tracker and the specials arrive, Tally fights the specials and escapes with David, they then rescue seven smokies and a newly pretty Shay, from special circumstances headquarters and start a new Smoke in the Rusty Ruins near town. David's mother thinks she has found a cure for the brain leisions except Shay refuses to take it as a test subject, so Tally gives herself up so she can try the cure then give it to Shay and all the other pretties.