This is a really strong start to the series, the world is set up easily and the story is fast-paced with our main character, Tally, denied the 'pretty' surgery until she goes and fetches her friend Shay from outside the city. There's a lot of dilemmas in this that are a more dramatic version of what happens to teenagers. It's a lot of high school drama but on a different scale which I loved, a lot of it is familiar as things most people go through at that age- friend loyalty, a relationship getting in the way, standing up to authority.
I wasn't much of a fan of the writing, it wasn't bad by any means, but it didn't really impress me although I have to mention Scott Westerfelds great use of imagery. The sky is the colour of cat vomit and the squeaking of shoes is like a herd of panicked mice was amazing.
Overall though, this book really impressed me, I can see why my friends loved it.
Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter. <3