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Uglies (Boxed Set): Uglies, Pretties, Specials (The Uglies) Paperback – October 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: The Uglies
  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Slp edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416936408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416936404
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to Peeps. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

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Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Leviathan and Midnighters trilogies, and the so-called "NYC Trilogy": So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City. His next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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Customer Reviews

These books were recommended to me by some of my students at school.
A. Marcroft
Very well thought out with amazing futuristic ideas and a great easy to follow plot.
Reader
My daughter checked this series out from her school library and fell in love.
D. Davenport

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BaseballGrrl on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this trilogy - It's a unique look at a possible future. Along the lines of movies like Gattaca, it explores the what ifs of how far we can take science. "Rusties" have destroyed the environment and were very violent and wasteful. We are the Rusties. The idea that people respond to beautiful people better than to ugly people is what's behind the titles. At 16, every "Ugly" has an operation to make them "pretty" -- This is the story revealing what the operation really does. I like the exploration of the human spirit to overcome, and the old - just because we CAN do it, SHOULD we? -- What are the ramifications of trying to stop one bad feature of humanity?
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on January 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you like apocalyptic novels, you might as well order the trilogy and save time and money. "Uglies" is set several hundred years in the future where Rusties (the people of our time period) have left the civilized world in ruins, continues in "Pretties," and concludes with "Specials."

Tally is the main character and hero. However, her best friend, Shay, leaves her mark by being the catalyst that sets the story in motion. In this utopian world designed to distract the rebellious ones, Shay is the leader whose personality is such that others willingly follow. It is she who leads Tally first across the river to Pretty Town just to attend this party for Pretties. At sixteen Uglies are given operations to make them perfect in looks and bubbly-making in behavior. One thing leads to another and they leave the city for the Smoke, a primitive settlement way beyond, in the frontier where rebellious Uglies go to avoid the Pretty operation. It is the perpetual theme of conformity against individualism, or in this case forced conformity against individuality that erupts happenstance.

In "Pretties" Tally and Shay are finally one with the group of Pretties, although how they arrive is not typical. Even though they are Pretties now, part of the "worm" that caused their dissension is still there. Shay becomes a dreaded Special because she covets ultimate powers and Tally tries to get back to the Smoke to cure her Pretty boyfriend. Twists and turns and more betrayals are part and parcel of the story.

"Specials" quickly became my favorite of the trilogy. Specials are given special powers--they are quicker, stronger, can propel themselves several feet, and have super-hyper abilities.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tammy F. Ryan on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Students at my school LOVE this series. I cannot keep them on the shelf; a couple have not returned, but I consider it a compliment for the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DGF Middle School on November 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like the Uglies Series because I can relate to several of the characters. Tally Youngblood is the main one I can relate to though. I can see both sides of the story from Shay's perspective and from Tally's perspective.

In the first book, Uglies, Tally Youngblood is 15. She is an ugly and about to be a pretty. Her friend Peris already got the operation and she is dying to see him. Tally meets Shay and starts to have more fun, but when Shay runs away, Tally pays the price. Tally meets a special named Dr. Cable and is sent to find Shay. If she fails, she'll never become pretty. Tally's plans of betrayal are spoiled when she meets David, will she betray everyone in smoke or stay with David?

The second book, Pretties, is Tally's and Shay's life as a pretty. Tally has given herself up to test Maddy's (David's mom) cure. While in the city she meets Zane. She splits the pills with Zane and he gets the unlucky one. They fight bubble headedness together and they win, or do they? They escape the city and find the new Smoke. Zane's pill is really taking effect on him now. The pills were meant to be taken together but of course, Tally Youngblood just has to experiment with everything. Shay got caught in the city and was turned "special" and now she and the other "specials" are tracking the new Smoke. Everyone except Tally and Zane get away.

In the third book, Specials, Tally is now a cutter, she is finally "special", but Tally is still Tally and she is still her stubborn self. Tally so badly wants Zane to become a special. She and Shay decide to help out a bit. They blow up the armory and make the city think it's under attack (by accident), and they track him to the New Smoke. The New Smoke is actually a city, Diego.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SMS CA on April 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Uglies trilogy is a great teen story based on the power of secrets, a person's mindset, trust and friendship.

Uglies *****
This first book is set in a futuristic city in a time when everyone must wait until they turn 16 before turning into a pretty. Pretties are beautiful and strong and have special immune systems so they hardly ever get sick, except for hangovers; pretties are allowed to constantly party and have the life that every teenager dreams of. The main character in uglies is Tally Youngblood a adventurous 15 year old who is only 3 months from turning pretty and joining her best friend Paris, who she is no longer allowed to see until she turns pretty, But when she secretly sneaks into prettyvile to see Paris she notices something different about him. She later finds a friend who doesn't like the idea of turning pretty and is willing to do anything to stop from being turned into a bubblehead. When Tally and shay set out on their adventure they uncover one secret that will test the trust of Tally's own city.

I loved this book because it's new and adventurous and it has a very imaginative perspective of the future.

Pretties ****
In pretties tally has unwillingly been turned into a happy bubblehead and it isn't as great as tally expected, but she soon discovers that there's something different about her that could help her beat the lesions she also finds another friend that might help her along the way. then just when being a pretty wasn't so hard anymore an old freeing returns with Madee's pills and tally takes the risk of a 50/50 chance of the pills not working, but she shares it with a friend. She also has to find a way to get around Dr. Cable to rejoin the new smoke.
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