Day 10 of the Dystopian Novel Countdown
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies Description (via GoodReads):
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.
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This is a great series. Set in a future world where being "pretty" and "bubbly" is the only thing that matters the reader follows Tally's adventures as she learns and decides what is truly important in life. The series continues to follow Tally and her friends through the wild ups and downs of trying to defy the governing authority. The fourth book in the series brings in an entirely new set of characters, while still touching base with the ones you came to love in the original trilogy. A really good read, Uglies is a great start to our Dystopian countdown...