Wow...I don't even know where to start... I guess i'll just say that the entire Uglies Series is absolutely amazing... Scott Westerfield just transports you to a completely new world in the future where we humans in this time period have basically destroyed the worl. They have supposedly fixed it, but Tally Youngblood discovers that having everything perfect makes it all wrong. The series has an unbelievable cast of characters that you'll never forget... I promise!
I have to start saying that this is probably my favorite cover of
all times. Really! I mean, you can guess by my blog that green is my
favorite color, so that has to do with it. But also, I've always love
half-face pictures, the tricky part is.. can you actually tell who it
is from it? Not really, its hard! But anyway, I love the cover art. Way
The plot was terrific. This has been one of the best
scenarios that an author has managed to stick in my head. The whole
ugly-pretty thing, wow! What a concept! When I was not reading, I was
thinking about the book, the world, the story, everything. That's the
power of a great book. It was excruciatingly hard to stop reading. The
characters are great, I love Shay.
Maybe at first it took a
while to get me interested, but then I figured he has too much to
explain. The way Westerfeld makes you look at the world today, is
priceless. It has definitely been more than just a novel for me. It has
a message of equality that screams out of the story. I had never read
his books, but he just became one of my favorite authors.
One of the best futuristic sci-fi books ever written.
Reader reviewed by Suzanne
Scott Westerfeld is one of the most talented authors of the 21st century! In Uglies, Tally has grown up to expect that when she turns 16 she will become pretty, just like the rest of the population. Her best friend has already turned 16, and now she's just biding her time. On her way back from sneaking to see her friend,she meets Shay. Shay is different from most teenagers and just wants to be her. She teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard,and finally convinces her to move to The Smoke, an escape for uglies who want to stay ugly. After a long journey, she finally gets there,and starts to enjoy life as it should be. But then she is tricked into giving up the location of the Smoke and has to fight for her and her new friends' freedom. Filled with adventure, friendship, love, betrayal, and deceit, it'll keep you up all night!
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.
Amazing concept of the future.
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.
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!
Very detailed, Interesting Plot and great characters
In this launch title of a planned trilogy,teenager Tally Youngblood is living an unexamined life in a world unlike ours, hundreds of years from now. She's impatiently awaiting her birthday because in her town, Uglyville, everybody gets the same gift at age 16: cosmetic surgery which transforms them into gorgeous creatures. They also move into "party towers" in New Pretty Town. Tally's best friend has already made the transition and, motivated by her desire to see him, she sneaks into town. Her near-capture leads to a new best friend, Shay, who has the same birthday. On the eve of their operations, Shay reveals a plan to escape to a renegade settlement called "the Smoke." When Shay disappears, government agents blackmail Tally into leading them to the rebels. Once in the Smoke, Tally has a crisis of conscience when she learns the surgery is more sinister than she imagined. Teens will appreciate the gadgetry-including bungee jackets and hoverboards that work by magnetic levitation. But plausibility problems creep in, such as Tally leading a breakout of Smokeys from a high-tech compound while wearing handcuffs.
I thought this book was really good. I cant wait until the sequel comes out. If you like the action saving and boyfriend getting types of books you will definetly like this trilogy and will be waiting impatiently like me for the 2nd book to come out.
this book has a little for everyone. some romance, a lot of advetnure, and it really makes you think about the world we live in. not only do you realize that this books holds certain truth to what our future world might be but you also are in a controversy whether you would turn pretty or stay "ugly"
The utopia these people live in allow them, and force them, to engage in a enormous cosmetic surgery that turns them "Pretty." However there are some like Tally's new friend Shay who don't want to turn and run away to the Smoke. When Shay disappears Tally is forced to find the Smoke for it is her only path to be Pretty. Join Tally as she travels her journey to find the Smoke and as she discovers where her true heart lies.
Scott Westerfeld, the author for the novel Uglies, introduces a society thats located in the future. This utopia is unique, for when your sweet sixteen swings by, you dont just get a party, but a whole new face. On everyones sixteenth birthday, they go through a complicated surgery that makes them a Pretty. However, before you turn into a Pretty, youre known as an Ugly living across the river, staring at the tall, bright buildings, while the music blares all night long. Your childhood years seem like they get wasted as you patiently wait for the big day.
Seems like a great place, right? You get to be super model gorgeous, party at all hours, and sleep in all the time. Popularity and all the friends you need will be placed at your feet. Theres an endless supply of everything including clothes and bubbly bungee jackets that bounce you on the ground when you fall. There is just one catch, however. You are not given the choice of not turning Pretty.
Tally, like many fifteen-year-old Uglies, cant wait till her birthday. Since she has a late birthday, shes going to have one of the last operations for her year. This is where Shay comes in, another fifteen-year-old waiting for the operation. These two become close friends as the day nears. However, Shay is different. She runs away to the Smoke, a group of people who chose not to go through the surgery. Because of this, Tallys operation is delayed until she finds Shay and brings her back. This starts the long journey you take with Tally to find the Smoke and a mysterious David. As the book comes to a close, you really find out that beauty is only skin deep.
Scott Westerfeld introduces the idea of a utopia where you get to be beautiful, like everyone else, so there is no discrimination of being ugly. But if you really examine this concept, youll find you have no voice in whether you want your face to change. The theme in this book, in my opinion, would be transformation, on the outside as well as the inside. You change as you learn what goes on in this society. It really makes you think, whether you would go through this process, just to become pretty.
I, however, dont like the fact that Im not in charge of my life. Sure, the life seems great, but only at first. I want to make something of my life, no just be a bystander. In this society, a dream like that cant be possible.
So what do you say? Are you willing to pay the price of beauty?