Author: Scott Westerfeld
Ideal Age Range: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 448 Pages
Blurb: Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
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 repellant 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.
My Rating:(★★★★) Uglies is another one of those Sci-Fi young adult books that seem to be hitting the market lately featuring a highly technologically advanced dystopian society where everything seems perfect on the surface of things but if you happen to peel back a thin layer you could find something truly ugly.
Scott Westerfeld touches on so many of the issues that teens face nowadays in his “post Rusties” earth that it’s hard not to wonder what a world would be like where everyone is the same, would there really be no fighting? No war? No pollution? Instead of teens starving themselves to be thin, or only some people getting plastic surgery to make them perfect, everyone gets surgery when you hit 16 and no one has to starve themselves to be thin because they already are.
The beginning of the book was a little lagging, but as soon as Tally’s friend Shay takes off for “the Smoke”, where the rebellious Uglies are that don’t want to move to New Pretty Town and get the surgery live, it starts to get interesting and exciting. With the arrival of the terrifying Specials and the Ultimatum given by Dr. Cable, Tally has no choice but to go on an adventure that will change her life or never be pretty.
I enjoyed Uglies, after the slow start, it was an exciting read and I thought that the characterization of Tally was well thought out. She seems like a shallow twit, but becomes much more out in the Smoke, and I felt very connected to her when suddenly things are not going her way anymore, I felt helpless when she felt helpless and terrified when she was terrified.
I’m really looking forward to reading the other books in the series!
Quotes: "Tally smiled. At least she was causing trouble to the end. "I'm Tally Youngblood," she said. "make me pretty."
Similar Titles: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, Specials by Scott Westerfeld, Extras by Scott Westerfeld
My Rating System:
★ = didn’t like it
★★ = it was ok
★★★ = liked it
★★★★ = really liked it
★★★★★ = it was amazing
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