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Uglies Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Playing on every teens passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shays cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the riders skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 6 Up–Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. But Shay also disdains the false values and programmed conformity of the society and urges Tally to defect with her to the Smoke, a distant settlement of simple-living conscientious objectors. Tally declines, yet when Shay is found missing by the authorities, Tally is coerced by the cruel Dr. Cable to find her and her compatriots–or remain forever "ugly." Tally's adventuresome spirit helps her locate Shay and the Smoke. It also attracts the eye of David, the aptly named youthful rebel leader to whose attentions Tally warms. However, she knows she is living a lie, for she is a spy who wears an eye-activated locator pendant that threatens to blow the rebels' cover. Ethical concerns will provide a good source of discussion as honesty, justice, and free will are all oppressed in this well-conceived dystopia. Characterization, which flirts so openly with the importance of teen self-concept, is strong, and although lengthy, the novel is highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic technologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies. Fortunately, the cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel.–Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
Shay has strange ideas, she doesn't want to become pretty. She knows of a way out and tries to convince tally to come with her. Tally refuses but Shay leaves anyway and Tally is alone again. On the day Tally has waited for her whole life, the day of her surgery, she is whisked away to Special Circumstances to learn that they know of all the tricks she has played and that her friend Shay went to live in the `Smoke' so that she never has to become Pretty and live in normal society. Tally is given a choice, be ugly forever or find the `Smoke' and signal Special Circumstances.
This book had a lot of social ideas. How do you keep a society in line, who decides what is beautiful, can you be beautiful to someone even if you are imperfect. There was also some environmental preachiness I think the story could have done without. I liked the way things were reused in the wilderness but some of the things they abhorred were really weird. I didn't get how all the building and hovercrafts and stuff in the city were made so that they were environmentally sound and didn't use trees or animals. It was a small part of the story though so it didn't matter a lot. The contrast between city life and pretty life was great to see.
All and all the story is interesting and moves along at a nice pace. You quickly pick up on the language and the end has a slight cliffhanger so I wanted to read the next book in the series right away. Solid writing and plot line even if it was a little preachy at times.
The reader experiences a small part of Tally's journey through life and as the reader you become connected with her. Through the course of the book Tally blossoms from a rebellious teenager to a mature and selfless young adult within a few months. The reader is able to witness all the relationships that influence Tally and how they transform her and change her views.
Uglies encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and society and what effect the standard of pretty has on humans. The book expresses internal beauty’s importance and that there should be no standard for how people look. Looking at our own society similarities may appear concerning humanity’s obsession with pretty. You should read this book to see what revelation Tally makes, what Tally discovers about herself, and how this changes her life. (MQM)
So, why didn't I like it? Firstly, it was dull. The first third of the book was us getting to know Tally Youngblood, the main character in the novel. We met her and she spent a long time going on about how everyone who wasn't pretty was so ugly, and so on. She soon grew sickening to listen to. The book split the next part into Tally's journey, which was long, tedious, and EXTREMELY boring. Everything else was boring and predictable.
The characters. I did not like Tally, and I didn't like the other characters much, either. They were flat and one-dimensional, with cardboard personalities. Even Shay, who you were supposed to like didn't seem realistic or very well fleshed out.
If you don't know the plot of this book, here's a summary: Tally Youngblood lives in a world where on your 16th birthday, you get an operation to turn you "pretty." She befriends a girl named Shay, and when she rebels against the tradition, Tally is forced to either find her friend or never become pretty.
Don't waste your time on this book. There's many better books to read than this.
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She wants to read another one in this series.