This second book in the series picks up right where Uglies left off. The doctors in the Smoke rebellion have found a cure for becoming “pretty.” Tally has had the surgical procedure to become Pretty so that she can help test this cure. But when Tally is immersed in the mindless life of the Pretties, she forgets her promise. After Tally gets a message she wrote to herself before her operation, along with two pills for the cure, she and her new boyfriend each take one. Unfortunately, Zane has a dangerous reaction and Tally needs to seek help from the rebel doctors. When the authorities discover that some Pretties are able to cure themselves of their “bubbleheadedness,” they want to recruit Tally and her friends to join the dreaded Special Circumstances organization.