Friday, May 16, 2008

Book Review: Uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Pages: 425

Genre: Fiction/ YA

Personal Rating 4.5/5

From the back cover:
"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 repellent 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.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book really was. The back of the book summary only covers the first quarter of the book. The majority of the book deals with the decision that Tally makes and the consequences that follow. In many ways it reminds me of Lois Lowry. If you enjoy her books you'll like Uglies.

Tally lives in a "future civilization" because ours has somehow messed up (of course). Our generation is referred to as "Rusties" for how much metal we used. They have advanced technology, and have learned from us . They don't make the same mistakes we do. The don't cut down trees and burn up fossil fuels. There is no war. Since everyone eventually gets to be pretty there is no more racism, jealousy, anger, hate etc. but we learn that it does come at a cost, thought very few know it.

From reading the back cover it appears that this story is going to be superficial. An ugly girl whining that she doesn't get to be pretty. It is so much more. People choosing freedom of their minds over the apparent freedom that beauty offers. I realize that my review is somewhat lacking in details but I don't want to spoil the outcome of the story for people who want to read it.

This is the first of three in the series. I think I just read there may be a fourth. I need to go out and buy Pretties, the second in the series right now. I really can't wait to read it. If you do not want to read the entire series I would not pick up Uglies because you will want to keep going!

If you have reviewed this book and would like me to link to your review please let me know in the comments

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Anonymous said...

I keep hearing how good this book is. Can't wait to read it!!

Joy said...

Hi Juli! Glad to see another positive review of this book. I plan to read it; I just don't know when.

Jeane said...

Every review I read of this book makes it sound more interesting. I might just have to add it to my TBR.

Lauren said...

What an interesting idea for a book. I'll have to try and find it somewhere!

Juli said...

It really is worth it! Now I need to find Pretties somewhere!

Susan said...

Hi Juli! I read both Pretties and Specials for SRT. I have liked all the books, but I think Specials is the best so far. Right now, I'm reading Extras. Anyway, glad you're enjoying the series, too!

I'd love it if you linked up my reviews. Thanks.

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