Tally is an ugly. Shes not necessarily ugly in the traditional use of the word; she just hasnt had an operation done to her to make her into a pretty. Thats because she hasnt turned sixteen yet unlike her best friend Peris, who just got the operation. Now he lives in New Pretty Town while Tally is stuck living with the rest of the uglies.
She is befriended by another girl names Shay, who she ran into while sneaking into New Pretty Town. She teaches Tally how to use a hoverboard. Shay is different in that she isnt looking forward to becoming a pretty. And then she runs away to Smoke.
Tally finds out from Dr. Cable, a special, that if she ever wants to become a pretty, then she has to bring Shay back from Smoke. Tally sets out to find smoke by herself, using cryptic instructions left by Shay and wearing a device that she can set off to let the specials know where Smoke is located. When Tally arrives, however, she starts to get used to the life there and even falls for David, which is unfortunately the guy Shay has also set her sights on.
Uglies is an amazing beginning to a series, and Scott Westerfeld has proven himself an amazing storyteller. The ideas are so original and new and yet so believable at the same time. The story is packed with action, suspense, betrayal, and even romance. It is easy to relate to Tallys character most of the time. I highly recommend this book to everyone who hasnt read it, especially for fans of futuristic fiction.
In this science fiction book by Scott Westerfield, it follows the 15/16 year old Tally Youngblood in her journey to become a pretty. This is the first book in Scott Westerfields trilogy. Tally Youngblood can't wait until she is sixteen. Not for a car like most 16 year olds, but to become pretty. In this futuristic world on every sixteen year olds birthday they have an operation that turns them Pretty. But on Talley's birthday this dream is put on hold. Tally is forced to travel to a place outside of her city and betray her friend. Will she be willing to do such a cruel thing for such selfish reasons, she
may not even have a choice.
This book is different from most stories that take place in the future. It does not have the typical setting and cliche picture of what the world would be like 100 years from now. It is very original and one of the best books I have ever read.
You don't need to be a science-fiction fan to enjoy Uglies. I'm not, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
From the very first page, Westerfield sucks you into the futuristic world of 15-year-old Tally. When you're under 16 in this world, you're an Ugly until you get the operation on your sixteenth birthday that will make you beautiful. Tally is like everyone else, and she can't wait to turn pretty and join her other friends in New Pretty Town. But then she befriends Shay who talks to her about running away. Tally must now choose in between her friend and becoming pretty. And that choice might be taken from her.
The characters are develop very realistically and naturally. The themes of the book are very well represented. Overall this book is a must read.
When I heard there was a book series out there where everyone got plastic surgery to turn them pretty on their 16th birthday, I knew it would be right up my alley. It's high concept, it's dystopian, it involves a female protagonist - and I came to it so late that I could buy the whole series and not have to wait between books.
Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, introduces us to a world where civilization has inched its way back into a robust existence after being nearly destroyed by us careless "Rusties" of the 21st century. Hundreds of years later, there is no more war because everyone over 16 is pretty and lives a vapid life of partying and feeling "bubbly". Tally Youngblood, nearly 16, can't wait to join the pretty life and rejoin her best friend Peris who had his pretty transformation already. But for now, she's still ugly and still up to playing ugly tricks - tricks that grow more dangerous after she meets Shay, also close to her 16th birthday but unsure she really wants to go through with the operation. Shay insists she's made contact with people off the grid, "Smokies", who say that being pretty is not all it's cut out to be. When Shay runs away, Tally is recruited for a mission by the ruling class "Specials" to get Shay back or shell be denied the chance to turn and will be ugly forever.
The plot is very well paced, following Tally from the city out into the wilderness on her search for Shay and the Smokies. Westerfeld grinds his exposition so finely that I never felt bored by a bunch of telly scenes. And even though Tally has a lot of her decisions made for her and character growth is pretty much accidental, it feels authentic to the story. The social commentary is very sharp as well, especially in regards to the superficial life of the post-op pretties. In one passage, Tally is told about a beautiful, rare orchid that was genetically reengineered and is now a monoculture, choking out any biodiversity it comes in contact with. Doesnt that sound just so pretty?
Uglies is about people who are "ugly". When they turn 16 they get the privilage of turning pretty. But when Tally's new found friend, Shay decides to run away to a place called the "Smokes" , Tally's chances of becoming a pretty are runied, unless she can bring her friend back.
Do you ever wonder what life would be like if everyone looked like a super model? What would it cost people to become so stunning? Well, Tally Youngblood lives her life waiting for her 16th birthday, waiting to have a beauty operation following by a life of luxury. However, her new best friend, Shay isnt looking forward to the operation and decides to run away. The authorities want Tally to find her for them. Forcing Tally into a tough decision, the authorities manipulate Tally into betraying Shay by threatening to make her stay ugly forever. Once Tally ventures out in the wild, and meets people who live there, she discovers Shays reason for leaving the city, and a disturbing cost it takes to become pretty. You should read Uglies because its only the beginning of futuristic series with a strong meaning to it. First of all, you should read Uglies because it begins an enthralling, suspenseful trilogy that will have your brain thirsty for more. The author, Scott Westerfeld uses very descriptive words to paint a picture in the readers mind. In addition to that he makes the readers feel like theyre in the main characters shoes in a whole new world with futuristic devices and a whole new prospective on life. Lastly, Uglies has a strong purpose and meaning to it. The lesson taken by Tally is that it doesnt matter what people look like on the outside, its whats inside that counts. Its extremely suspenseful when the authorities track her down and hover cars are everywhere. The Smokies stay strong, but they are no match for the authorities,and are taken to the city, where some have the operation, while others are stay locked up at Special Circumstances.However, the adventure, betrayal, heart aches have only just begun.
I loved this book and cannot wait to finish the wonderful books that come after it. I think Scott Westerfield paints a wonderful picture with all his descriptions. You can imagine very easily what Pretties and Uglies look like. I think that Tally is given a good assignment....to find Shay and the others who disappear before they get the operation. I think that my views kept changing throughout the whole book. I want her to turn them in and then I didn't. I would reccommend anyone who enjoys reading to try this book. It wasnt what i would normally choose but i still loved it!!!
"In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly."
Reader reviewed by Kayla (Midnight Twilight)
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't imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
You know a book is going to be interesting when the first sentience is "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." This was one of the best books I've ever read. Tally has a huge struggle to face. This book is full of romance, sci-fi, and the horrible effects humans can have on each other and on the world. This book reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode (that's the main reason i decided to pick it up) but it is one of the most original works I've ever read. I can't wait to read more by Scott Westerfeld.
Most people want a brand new car for their sixteenth birthday, or maybe a huge party. But, had you ever thought of becoming supermodel -beautiful for your sixteenth? In Tally's world, that's what you get. Tally can't wait for that day to arrive, but when she meets Shay, everything turns the other way. Shay doesn't want to become pretty, so she runs away and asks Tally to come with her. This story was well-written, and is filled with adventure, and a little romance. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, the first in the Uglies trilogy, is my absolute favorite book. The book takes place in the future, where an operation on your sixteenth birthday makes you beautiful. Tally, fifteen years old at the beginning of the book, is left alone in Uglyville after all her friends have already crossed the river to New Pretty Town, where they have joined the carefree life filled with parties, showing off their perfect new faces and reconstructed bodies. While awaiting her birthday, Tally befriends Shay, who happens to have the same birthday as her. However, Shay has a different perspective than most uglies, and doesnt see the operation as anything to look forward to. Instead, she believes that appearance isnt all that matters and that there is no reason to change the way everyone looks. So shortly before her birthday, Shay runs away and tries to convince Tally to join her. Unlike Shay, Tally wants to become a pretty like everyone else, and stays behind. But on the day of Tallys operation, Tally is surprised to find out that she wont be operated on unless she follows Shay and betrays the runaway settlement that Shay has joined. So using a set of instructions that Shay left behind for only Tally to understand, she follows with a tracker hidden in her necklace that she must activate once having arrived. However, once she has been at the settlement for a while, she isnt sure whether to activate the tracker or not. Because being pretty isnt as perfect as it appears, and the government has been hiding the horrible truth.
Not only does this book have a good dose of action, but it also has deep meaning and many topics that really make you think. For example, is a symmetrical face with perfect features really all that defines beauty?