Novel by Scott Westerfield
In a postapocalyptic world, everyone receives an operation at the age of 16 that makes them physically perfect. Prior to this operation, they are known as “uglies” and after, “pretties.” “Pretties” enjoy a life of endless partying and pleasure, so Tally can’t wait until she turns 16. Before her 16th birthday, Tally befriends Shay. Shay tells Tally all about a secret community—known as the Smoke—made up of “uglies” who refused the operation. Shay runs away to join them, and Tally is given a choice by the police: help them find the Smoke and betray her friend, or remain an ugly forever.