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by Scott Westerfeld
Tally Timeline and Summary
Tally misses Peris but meets Shay. They pull some ugly tricks, and Shay teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard, but they also argue about whether or not the pretty surgery is a good thing. Shay leaves for the Smoke, but Tally stays to be made pretty. Surprise! Dr. Cable refuses to let Tally get the surgery. Cable blackmails Tally into telling about the Smoke. Tally hesitates. Her parents can't convince her to break her promise to Shay, but Peris eventually does. But that's not enough for Cable, who sends Tally off to find the Smoke. Tally has some adventures finding the Smoke, including finding some pretties who seem smarter than other pretties and who are performing some environmental management. Tally reaches the Smoke and learns both about the Smoke (how it works, who lives there) and about the Rusty civilization (how they looked weird, and eventually died). Tally spends some time with David, which isn't bad for her (David is okay), except that she seems to get in the way of Shay having a relationship with David. David's parents tell Tally that the pretty surgery causes brain damage. Tally destroys the tracking device in rage, but the fire activates it and Special Circumstances swoop in. When Special Circumstances destroys the Smoke, Tally escapes and finds David. They go to the city and rescue the captives, but David's dad is dead (guilt) and Shay is pretty (major guilt). And then Tally confesses everything to David and volunteers to be made pretty so that David's mom can test her brain-damage cure.