Friday, March 7, 2008

Uglies By: Scott Westerfeld

Rating: 4/5 stars ( which is high, 5 has to be truly spectacular)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Well to be perfectly honest, this book has been on my to be read pile for quite a while, I picked it up a few times and started it but became sidetracked. I only just got around to finishing it now, but I'm glad I did!

In Tally's world, the only things that matter are being Ugly or Pretty. When you turn sixteen, you are changed from an Ugly to a Pretty, and its all that Tally's been waiting for. After her best friend is turned pretty, Tally must wait three long months to join him in his new city. It is at this time, when she makes friends with Shay. Tally can't wait for them to become pretty, and go to parties with all the other pretties. But, Shay doesn't want to be pretty, and when she runs away Tally is told by the Special Circumstances that unless she finds Shay she won't become pretty either.

These are tough choices for a girl of sixteen because whatever she decides will change her life. Along the way, she learns secrets about the past, and lessons about herself.

After the first few pages of Uglies, I was hooked. Although the book at first glance, seems shallow, with all the talk about uglies and pretties and its odd title, I found as I read along I was mistaken. Tally is definetly an interesting character, as I found myself laughing at some of her thoughts, while others were a bit annoying. Yet, the world she lives in is fascinating. Scott Westerfeld vividly creates a world governed by futuristic technologies and a whole new lifestyle, from hoverboards to full body plastic surgery. This was a very cute read, and I hope to lay my hands on the next book in the trilogy, Pretties, pretty soon!
I'm interested in knowing what others thought of this book...if you read it leave some of your thoughts here :]


The Story Siren said...

i'm so glad you liked uglies! it is an awesome series! you should definitely read the others! great review!

Anonymous said...

I <3 Uglies, it's one of the best series I've eva read. And that's saying something. ^^ Read the rest, too!

Great review. ^^

Em said...

I haven't read this one yet but I really want to. Great review!

And I added you to my blogroll. I love finding new book sites. :)

Em said...

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Ink Mage said...

I am probably one of the few people who didn't find this series amazing. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think it was the characters who seemed SO one-dimensional and dull. If the story hadn't been as interesting as it was, I would never have gotten through them. With the exception of Extras, in which Aya actually had a motive and a personality.

Sorry for being kind of negative, but those are my thoughts.

BooksandLove said...

I enjoyed this series too!

Bookworm said...

i just finished Specials! it's the greatest book ever written (or at least to me)! i can't wait to start extras, but a friend of mine is borrowing the book first, so ya. i hope u like the rest of the series. nice review.

Sarah said...

I also loved this series! I'm sure these books get enought credit.

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