I recommend this book?
I loved how different this book was to most that I have read. The plot and the story line are good and I really injoyed the characters. The only thing I was disappointed in was the last good was of a different character but I still loved how it fit in the the other books.
Everything you could want and more
I devoured this novel in one sitting. Uglies is such a unique and compelling sci-fi adventure - it is almost impossible to put down.
Tally was an incredible main character and such a great role model. She is one of my top ten book girlfriends.
And David - oh David. His and Tally's relationship was beautiful to watch develop - love them more than anything.
The plot was so different and intriguing. It is truly one of the greater YA novels out there.
Do yourselves a favour and read this novel.
This book is wonderful if you enjoy dystopian novels. If you love Divergent, The Hunger Games, or the Matched series, you will probably enjoy this book too. I enjoy reading books set in the future where the government tries to keep the people in their control and somehow everytime the heroine defeats them in some way this is that type of story. I think you will enjoy the read if you give it a try.
A Must Read Dystopia
If you liked the Hunger Games, this book is for you. As I read Tally YoungBlood's story, Katniss Everdeen was not far from my mind. If you like strong heroines, you will like Tally.
True to the young adult genre, there is also a love triangle, but I like Westerfield's take on it. Instead of love being the force that drives Tally, it exists outside the main plot line. It is a secondary plot to a much bigger cause.
Finally, the adult take on this is that it teaches a lesson that most teenagers forget. It is admirable to walk your own way, to be independent, and to never let anyone else think for you. Seeing teenagers lose their individuality on a daily basis inside the walls of a high school has helped me see the value in this novel. After all, we are all Uglies, and the book shows that there is no superior race.
This world that Scott Westerfeld has created is amazing! Basically Uglies is about a society where at the age of 16 you can get a surgery that turns you pretty. Everyone who doesn't get the surgery is considered ugly. Uglues and Pretties live in separate places. Uglies live in Uglyville while Pretties live in Prettytown, where you can party all the time. Where your only job is to have fun. This book just left me speechless. It was wonderfully written and the setting is amazing. The main character in the book Tally Youngblood has a very unique personality. She is very strong throughout the book even she had to by herself to the smoke to save her friend Shay. I highly recommend this book!
READ READ READ!
I love this book.
The Uglies is about a society that has their children, at age 16, receive plastic surgery. Almost like a rite of passage into adulthood, and if you don't get the surgery, then you're considered ugly to the rest of society. I absolutely love dystopians, and I made sure I absolutely DEVOURED this book up. Scott Westerfeld is an amazing writer and the book is perfection and an easy read. If you haven't read The Uglies, then you need to.
Loved the book. it was recommended to me by a few different people and hadn't really given it any thought. Can't wait till I get a chance to read the next book in the series!
Look at Us We're Beautiful
This has by far got to be my favorite dystopian world concept: getting a surgery to make yourself biologically undeniable at the age of 16. Who needs a driver’s license, anyway?
Scott Westerfeld has such great writing skills in that he’s able to make a very believable futuristic world with none of the usual farfetched concepts found in sci-fi. The world isn’t inhabited by alien species from far away places and there are no evil intergalactic warlords. Instead, Westerfeld elaborates on the dangers of our technologies if we let them get out of hand. Most specifically, Westerfeld discusses our culture’s obsession with looking good and what can happen if plastic surgery goes too far.
My favorite interaction with “Uglies” is the experience you have as a reader with Tally. At first you can’t help but feel so sorry for her that she is being held back from getting the surgery to make her biologically irresistible. You root for her to find Shae in the Shade until you realize that there is so much more to the surgery than you initially realized. Is the surgery good or is there a deeper more sinister purpose the government has behind giving all of this surgery free of charge? Westerfeld creates such magnificent tension in this world by making Tally and the reader constantly second guess whether or not this surgery is good or bad.
The other aspect of this book that I can’t get enough of is the concept of a person being undeniably beautiful. While Westerfeld does give basic physical characteristics of a person such as hair and eye color, the reader then gets to fill in the blanks by making each character look undeniably beautiful to themselves. This is very similar to the whole Helen of Troy concept in which she is never physically described so the reader can imagine who he or she would see as the most beautiful person in the world.
Without a doubt readers should check out Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” to get dropped into a seemingly perfect future that just may not be as beautiful as it seems.
This just shows how you can't have everything without giving something
I LOVED the concept of this book. How everyone is an "ugly" (a normal person) and then when they turn sixteen they get an operation and become a Pretty (pretty much a person who is perfect in every way).
Tally Youngblood is a fifteen-year-old who is one of many who ABSOLUTELY CAN'T WAIT to become a pretty like the rest of them and join her best friend Peris, who's already over on the other side living the good life. Apparently. Then Tally meets Shay, a VERY tricky ugly (she breaks the rules a lot), and after a while of hanging out, Shay confides to Tally that she doesn't want to become pretty - she wants to escape to a place outside in the wild called the Smoke. Tally refuses to go, btu then in the end she has no choice because Special Circumstances (the bad guys) give her a choice: go to the Smoke and betray them, or never turn pretty at all.
So, in Tally's opinion (a pretty stupid one, if you ask me, actually) there is no choice at all, she si desperate to become a Pretty. So off she goes, to the Smoke.
This book is full of deception upon deception, with choices and this dystopian future in the mix, this book is impossible to put down once you pick it up. I'm serious, I actually did not put this down after I picked it up. I started reading late at night, hoping to settle down before going to sleep, and then I ended up staying up until midnight ( a bad idea, since I had school the next day :P)
I both loved and hated the cliffhanger at the end, and then of course i just had to pick up Pretties, and then the cliffhanger at the end of THAT led me to finish the series in four days flat.
When she learned about how being a Pretty kind of destroys your brain, I really wasn't very surprised. So now the question was this: your looks or your brain? I think the answer is quite obvious, but then of course Shay just had to get herself captured by the Specials and turned into a bubble-brained Pretty.
I thought it was pretty stupid on Tally's count to give herself up to become a Pretty, but then I suppose she was just thinking about the rest of the city and Scot needed a way to continue the series.
About the characters. At the start, I loved Shay even more than Tally, because she was just so fun and daring and thought by herself that I really liked her. But I hated it when she got herself turned into a Pretty and then a Special at the end of Pretties.
This is an amazing book that everyone should give a go.
Normal or eternally stupid?
What a stunning idea, how could someone come up with such a awesome story? Uglies (normal people in my opinion) are people who haven't undergone surgery to become pretty (people who went under surgery to become stupid. Who would do that? I wouldn't!!). Tally is waiting for her birthday, the day she becomes pretty. But a few weeks until the very special day, Tally becomes friends with Shay, another Ugly. Shay tells Tally that being pretty is awful, she tries to convince her to leave, but to no avail. Shay leaves and Tally is caught up in her escape, she cannot become pretty until she finds the Smoke.
This book is full of choices, lies and hover boards, that will keep you eternally gripped in it's hold. I finished this book in one day since it was so good. I thought the cliffhanger was great, good idea Scot, great way to earn more money, you just need to know what happens.
I disliked the part where Tally volunteers to become pretty, after all that we learned about the consequences of becoming pretty. I thought that was pretty stupid (in Tally's case, not the authors, in that it was clever). I loved Shay quite a bit, but I hated it when she became pretty, and when in the Pretties book how she becomes special. She goes out of line my friends, out of line. I hope she she see the truth someday.
I recommend this book for 12+. Hopefully it will draw in more ever starving prey, like it did for me.