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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. Pretties fear them because they were created to spy and evoke fear in Pretties, but the reader now knows that Specials are just that and not bogeymen. Until Shay and Tally. Remember that "worm" of dissension? Now it is a "worm" of discord and, boy, can it do some damage! When Shay and Tally were in the Smoke (the natural world), they learned important lessons for the third world beyond Pretty World and the Smoke.
For a quick criticism of society, find a science fiction book. Here's one: "Uglies." Look! Two more--"Pretties" and "Specials." What a bargain--a boxed set! You will be glad. And do something about your society and its ills before something evil this way comes.
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. Everyone looks so weird, no one finds her scary or intimidating anymore. They put her in a mental hospital because she is so dangerous. Tally's city attacks Diego and Tally and Shay have to stop the war they started. Tally gets to Dr. Cable and tells her the truth and then cures her. Dr. Cable loses power and the city tries to make Tally unspecial. Is this going to be enough to stop the war? Tally gets back to Diego and finds Zane in the hospital hooked up to a bunch of machines. The doctors tell her the only reason why he's alive is because of the machines, is he really dead?
Extras is the last book in the series. Aya Fuse is 15 and everyone says the world has changed and there is no more separation from uglies and pretties but it still pretty much sucks to be 15. Aya is looking for the Sly Girls, a group of girls who did dangerous stunts. No one knows about them except Aya Fuse. While on adventures with them they find some weird people who are trying to take over the earth and kill everyone, or are they? Aya puts the story out but of course, no one looks at it. Her older brother, Hiro, decides to help her out. He re-kicks the story and everyone looks at it. She becomes famous in a matter of minutes. Aya gets a ping from Tally Youngblood, the most famous person in the city. Tally is the one who defeated the operations and gave everyone freedom. The ping tells her to run and hide. They get captured by the aliens on purpose because of Tally and then they find out the truth.
I would recommend this series to everyone. I know this series sounds really weird but it is really good! I found this series really interesting. This series is by Scott Westerfeld and he is one of my favorite authors because he never writes the average book. They are always interesting.