Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an 'Ugly' into a 'Pretty'. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a ...Read MoreTally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an 'Ugly' into a 'Pretty'. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also fifteen - but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn't sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in the forest - the Rusty Ruins - where Uglies go to escape ' turning'. Tally won't be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she's ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway - against her will. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she could ever imagine: find her friend Shay and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing 'pretty' about the transformations...And the choice Tally makes will change her world forever.Read Less
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I really loved this book! Wonderfully plotted, and Scott Westerfield is SO good at discribing! I couldn't set it down! I would definitely buy it!
Apr 8, 2010
The good, the bad, and the Uglies!
The good: this series (Uglies, Pretties, Extras, Specials) is a real hit with the YA crowd. I work in a high school English department, and as far as we're concerned, if they will read it, it's good.
The bad: yes, it's shallow (just like the appearance-driven society it depicts.) Yes, the romance is sudden and without basis (my disbelief was not willingly suspended.) And yes, it does tend to wink at (or even glamorize) teen-age hijinks.
The Uglies: in spite of its faults, a fun read. If you don't like Tally now, stay with it, as she does "evolve" in the subsequent novels. Amusing fluff, but potentially thought-provoking, especially for teens. Worth a try!
Apr 22, 2009
This book shows so much about today. Everyone cares too much about the outside-pretty or ugly-and what people think. Westerfield is an amazing author and i most-definitely LOVED this book! I really recommend this to ALL kids-through age 110 .A thrilling novel! It is one-of-a-kind and there's no other book like it! it is one of the most unique and meaningful book I've ever read. Most girls & Guys can relate to Tally-the wanting to be pretty and exactly like everyone else-and it is so true. There were some very surprising things happening when Tally and Shay go on an adventure that will change both their live forever!! Will they become pretty? You should definitely read this never forgetting and unbelievable novel! hope you enjoyed what i thought of the book Uglies. Just to let u know EVERY book in this trilogy is AWSOME. The 4th Book is just as Good as all the rest. ENJOY & HAPPY READING!!!!
Nov 17, 2007
I was fascinated with the world that Westerfeld created for this novel. It took me a little while to truly connect with it, but once I did I was really sucked in! The world of ?uglies? and ?pretties? is enough of an extension of our world today that it?s not that hard to believe. Combined with a bit of adventure, humor, and a heroine who likes to play pranks and take risks, what more could a reader ask for? There is a more serious side to this novel, however, that deals with themes of beauty, betrayal, and ethical dilemmas, all of which resonate strongly in today?s society. Then there is the whole government control plotline which puts one in mind of themes from Orwell?s 1984 or Bradbury?s Farenheit 451: fascinating yet scary. I thoroughly enjoyed Uglies and look forward to reading more in this series.
Aug 4, 2007
Well, i have to say it's a very good read. I read it twice already and i can't wait to read the other books in the trilogy. The book is action-packed and it really makes you think about the society we live in today. So read it!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-03-21 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. As in his So Yesterday, Westerfeld introduces thought-provoking issues, but readers may lose track of the plot while sorting the many messages about how the "Rusties" nearly destroyed the planet. They may also feel cheated when, after 400-plus pages, the ending leaves loose ends to be tied up in the next installment, Pretties. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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