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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Year: 2005
ISBN: 0689865384
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I first heard about this book through my friend Caspettee. At the time I was in New Mexico visiting with my sister so I planned to check out the series when I returned to the east coast. Well, shortly after I read Caspettee my sister, mom and I were visiting a bookstore chain in Roswell called Hastings…which is a wonderful blend of new and used items. And so while in Rome…I looked for the book. They had this book as well as a boxed set of the three books in the trilogy. Taking Caspettee’s advice I bypassed the single book for the box set. She is a reader that I trust so if she says buy all the books then I buy all the books. And I was so very glad that I did.

This series takes place roughly 300 years in the future. The world has suffered a major cataclysmic event and most of the population…as well as the cities that they lived in have been wiped out. The cataclysm wasn’t due to nature…but as a direct result of humans trying to control something that they shouldn’t. To prevent such a thing from happening again the survives built controlled Utopian-like societies. In these societies there are three main phases of life. Your time as an Ugly, when you turn 16 you undergo and operation to become a Pretty, and then the final phase is a blend of Middle-Pretty and Old age. The main character is an Ugly called Tally Youngblood. her best friend has just undergone the surgery to be a Pretty and has moved into New Pretty Town.

Tally is lonely and wants nothing more than to turn 16, turn Pretty and join her friend. While she waits she meets Shay. A girl like herself waiting to turn Pretty. Only Shay doesn’t want to be societies ideal of Pretty. She thinks that she looks fine the way she is…and with Tally’s help they can escape Utopia and find this mythical group of people who live off the land and think that being unique is better than being Pretty.

This was a well written, fast paced novel that starts off with a bang and dosen’t let you go. As a reader you really bond with Tally. With Tally you begin to question all that you were told and learn that Utopia may not be as great as you are taught to believe. As with most stories that deal with Utopian society there is much under the surface that the pretty perfect world hides. Tally is an amazing teenager that the reader really bonds with. You cheer with her when she succeeds and you cry with her when she fails. She is delightfully human. She is flawed but you love her because of her flaws. The story never stops and once its finished you really will want to have the next book because you’ll be eager to find out what happens to Tally. The ending is a cliff hanger and if you don’t have the second then you’ll regret it. This is a series that I highly recommend to all.

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