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Uglies (Boxed Set): Uglies, Pretties, Specials (The Uglies) Paperback – October 23, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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those are the best books, i liked every oe and could hardly wait to start the next one. very interesting and creative thinking in those!Published 9 months ago by ilenekell
Very good quality, some second hand wear but otherwise fantastic! I really regret not buying the box set when it came out, and this has made my collection complete :)Published 23 months ago by Rachel Machkevitch
I am currently suffering through the third book "Specials" only because I have already invested so much time in these books. I should have quit after the first one, "Uglies". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Linda Murphy
arrived as promised in better condition than i thought. very excelent service from seller. overall a great deal.Published 24 months ago by Rhonda Heyman