When Tally was given two pills (the cure for the lesions in Pretties' brains), she split them with Zane. When she tells Shay about it, she's furious that Tally didn't think to split them with her instead. She decides to find her own cure through pain and consequently forms the Cutters. Recruiting at least two Crims and seven other Pretties who want to be Crims but weren't accepted, Shay leads them out into a clearing on a cold rainy day. Making eye contact with every member of her group, she drops her winter coat on the ground, exposing her bare arms to the freezing rain. Slowly and slightly nervous, the others follow her example. Taking a long knife and fixing the others once more with her gaze, Shay slowly, deliberately cuts her forearm. Raising it so that the others can see the blood flow freely, she hands the knife to the others so that they, too, can cut their arms in an effort to clear their minds of the Pretty haze.
- There are either sixteen or seventeen Cutters.
- Most of the Cutters have flash tattoos.
- Instead of saying the Pretty word "bubbly", the Cutters say "icy".