“ Tally starts out being very narrow-minded. Being pretty is the only option for her. So when Shay starts to talk to her about considering being ugly for the rest of her life, Tally can't wrap her mind around it. At the beginning of the book I really disliked Tally because she was focused solely on looks. But then I realized that that was the way society made her. Everyone was forced to call themselves ugly—heck, the lived in Uglyville—until they turned sixteen. If I were her, I'd probably be the same. As the story went on, I really loved the way Tally grew. Not physically, but emotionally and mentally. She really matured throughout the whole book.
I also loved the idea of this world. Westerfeld, in a way, predicted what he thinks the world will get to if people keep destroying the world with fights and vanity and such. But he also added a scare factor: If you mess with biology, something is bound to go wrong. I adored the adventure, and the romance! Though the romance was in the background of the story, it was a nice thing to an otherwise scary concept. When I reached the end of the book, I was left wanting more—and I already read the series! ”