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Uglies Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Uglies reminds of The Giver, in that the people feel as though they are in a utopia, and the reader thinks this is great to start out with, and then it all starts falling a part at the seams once you begin really thinking about the plot. I like this book because it raises some of the same questions; how much control should we give the people in power, should you question the world around you, what's with all the rules, conformity, but it does it with the whole idea of receiving cosmetic surgery and hoverboards. The science and technology added to this story make it easier to swallow then The Giver.
This is geared towards young adults, but believe me it's a book for any age. Scott Westerfeld is one of the few male authors out there who can successfully tell a story through young girl's eyes and get it right. This book is about a world divided into two parts, just as humanity is, ugly and pretty. Up until your 16th birthday you are considered an Ugly, you go to ugly schools, live in ugly dorms, reside in ugly city all the while dreaming of that one day when you will become pretty and get to live the good life in pretty town. Young girls and boys are told they are ugly by their parents and the government, they think they are too fat or skinny; they have big noses and squinty eyes. All they have to look forward too is that day when they turn sweet sixteen and get to shed their Ugly skins to be "normal" and pretty. The Pretties live in gorgeous buildings, throw parties all day; they seemingly have no worries and are always happy.
I know it seems just too literal, okay young people think they are ugly and when they "grow up" they will be able to do whatever they want, and pretty people always seem happier. It goes beyond that. Tally Youngblood is our heroine, her best friend Paris has been turned and she cannot wait to join him. She meets Shay and thus begins a quick friendship. Shay soon shows Tally another world, taking her to the "rusting ruins" on their hover boards (yes I said hover boards you back to the future freaks!) The ruins, are what is left of the "rusties" which you figure out are basically us, but so far gone and abandoned now its all being taken back into the earth, rusting.Read more ›
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I read this book when I was in high school for an English class. Even then, I thought that it was an interesting book in which anyone can relate their personal challenges with. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ashley
I think this is one of the better young adult post-apocalypse/dystopian novels I've read. Westerfeld has a great way of balancing world building alongside character development... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kat
Purchased this book for a summer reading assignment for my 7th grade daughter. 1st line has interesting hook. Read morePublished 13 days ago by BeGolden
I liked the concept of this book. The idea of a world like this was something fresh and it definitely gave me a new perspective on our perception of beauty. Read morePublished 14 days ago by amazon_reviewer
Okay I read half of it and lost it but I am buying a new one but the first half was ah-mazing! Cant wait to read pretties, specials, and extras.
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This is such an engaging story. I read many books in a week so I'm normally up to try anything. I thought the story was inventive, a neat twist of the dystopian genre that is so... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jolene Workman
Not what I thought it was going to be about, got it for my daughter's summer reading list. It was a great book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 29 days ago by Kimberly Petriga
My 11 yr old daughter loved the book and asked for all the books in the series.Published 1 month ago by Jumoke