Set sometime in the future, Uglies is the story of a young girl who discovers the ugly truth about the futuristic society in which she grew up. This novel causes you to think about what is happening in our society today, and not blindly follow the lead of others, but to question what is percieved as "right" by many. A great book and dramatic ending.
p.s. I also love that the books come out only two months apart and a released in paperback! (finally someone understands the pain of waiting!)
this was an awesome book. set sometime in the distant future, tally youngblood lives in a city called uglyville, anxiously awaiting her 16th birthday along with nearly every other fifteen year old in her school. so whats so weird about that, right? i mean everyone wants to turn sixteen, cuz everyone wants to drive. well, thats where the weirdness comes in. she doesn't want to be sixteen so that she can get her licence. the reason for her is a little different. you see, in tally's world your sixteenth birthday means an extensive cosmetic surgery that turns you "pretty." tally has spent the majority of her years awaiting the day she can finally have that surgery and move to new pretty town with all of her friends. eventually though, a new friend named shay reveals that she never wants to turn pretty at all and runs away to a place called the smoke where everyone is, by pretty standards, ugly. tally is forced to run away and turn in shay and her friends in the smoke. follow tally in her quest to find her way as she is forced to make a life changing decision that will change all their lives.
Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen so she can have the operation that will turn her into a drop-dead gorgeous girl they call pretties. That would have happened if she hadn’t befriended Shay. Shay disappears into the night to go to the Smoke right before Tally’s operation. The Smoke is a place that’s shrouded in mystery but from what Tally hears, it’s a bunch of uglies that ran away before their sixteenth birthday to live in the wild. Specials are a group of pretties that are not only pretty but also stronger because they are law inforcers that work discreetly. They want to know where the Smoke is so they can bring back the uglies and the bad news is that they know that Shay had gone to the Smoke and that Tally is a friend of hers. Tally is given a choice: find the Smoke and reveal its whereabouts or remain an ugly forever. One event leads into another as Tally’s ticket to New Pretty town slips farther away.
I loved this book because it has great ideas and Scott Westerfeld can always find a way to surprise you. If you can get your hands on this book, they won’t come of it ‘till you’ve finished reading it.
Uglies is the story of soon to be sixteen year old Tally who is an "Ugly". In her time and place everyone is born ugly with rare beauties and when an ugly turns sixteen they are given a cosmetic operation that makes them drop dead beautiful. Tally like many other otherUglies aspires to be beautiful and grows more and more envious of New Pretty Town as her operation comes closer. She's never met anyone who's never wanted to be pretty until she meets and befriends Shay. Shay is unpredictable and a nonconformist. She doesn't want to turn pretty she sees it as becoming ugly and brainwashed. It isn't until Shay runs away the eve of her sixteenth birthday and Tally's sixtenth birthday because they share the same birthday that Tally is told that she will not become pretty until she findsHsay and the other Uglies wjho escaped. Tally is forced to mull over the price of friendhsip and the coast of betrayal. Is A Pretty Face worth more than a friend's life, is the question posed in this satircal novel of cosmetic surgery and the "price" perople pay to have "good" looks.
Uglies suprised me because it has a lot of politcal meaning in it. Uglies is about a world where everyone gets to be pretty and Tally can't wait to get her operation. That is, until she meets Shay. Shay teaches Tally how to hoverboard, think for herself, and most of all, realize that beauty is skin deep. When Shay runs away, Tally's chance at being pretty is threatend. She has to bring her friend back and tell the city officials her location in order to become pretty. When Tally reaches the Smoke however, she doesn't know if she wants to go back to Prettyville.
At first I really didnt know what to make of this book. then i understood the concept. I also think that Tally is very vain. I guess it's not totally her fault though. She's constintly reminding herself she's ugly even when David thinks she's beautiful. The book raises lots of questions as to what the future will be like.
This was a grat book. I read 4 times already and I just got it two weeks ago. i love how when you read abook once twice and even three times and each time you read somthing new or understand something better. I really like Shay and Tally because I can relate to them both in one way or another. I give this book a 5+ star rating!
I also can't waid for Prities the other boook!
There are two things I love about this book:
1. the writing
2. the reality
Scott Westerfeld is my all-time favorite author. He can paint the pictures in my mind so well. But, the reality of the story is amazing. If you described the book to someone they usually wouldn't see the reality. But when you read it, you ,or at least I, can tell that even though we don't go through that drastic of a surgery, we will usually do anything to look 'pretty'. Even though everyone else sees a normal person, we see the ugliest thing in the world when we look in the mirror. We love but hate the people that are already so beautiful, but sometimes they are the ones that envy you also.
Anyway, this book is GREAT!!! I have recommened it to my family and friends, and I have had long conversations at the dinner table about the book, even though nobody has a clue what I am talking about. THIS IS THE BEST booK I HAVE EVER READ!!! SCOTT WESTERFELD ROCKS!!!