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Uglies (Uglies Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Uglies is a really clever and pertinent dystopian fantasy of a kind that asks children whether they really want to give up their individuality to become a blandly perfect being. Exciting, fast-paced and easy to read it tackles the propaganda pumped out by glossy magazines and shows how ugly extreme beauty would be.
Overall it was a decent book but I didn't find it anything special. It'd probably be better suited for ages 10-16.
Writing Uglies must have been a challenge for Scott Westerfeld. Challenge? The difficulty is inherent in the central theme of the book: the glorification of a standarised canon of beauty imposed by surgical intervention. All teenagers, who are universally called uglies, have come to despise their appearance and yearn for the beauty they will have once they are sixteen and are operated on to make them "pretty". It is not easy to write a story in which most of the population's appearance and behaviour have been normalised such that there are few distinguishing features. There's a sort of faceless grin or grimace to the world. Even the baddies, when they finally erupt on the stage, look alike. No wonder the main character, Tally, and her new-found ugly friend, swim in a sea of faceless people at the beginning of the book. This narrowness of perspective and the flippancy of the two girls makes holding the reader's attention more difficult.
The story did however hold my attention from the beginning, although I did wonder what it was that gave it more rounded edges than many a dystopian novel. I suspect this is partly because the threats and dangers are only hinted at but are not personified or made present in the first part of the story. It is as if the girls can get away with anything without being caught (despite narrow scrapes). Nothing matters. They'll all be pretty soon.Read more ›
Tally Youngblood lives in a world where she gets everything she wants and more, what with the miraculous turnover from ugly to pretty at the age of sixteen. Her perfect world remains in its bubble until she meets Shay, an intriguing new character who changes Tally's life forever, leading her on a strange adventure in which she encounters smokies, specials and learns what really happens in the operation theatre. The novel ends with a shocking cliff hanger which has left me waiting anxiously for the next book in Scott Westerfeld's powerfully written trilogy.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Uglies' and would highly recomend it to other pre-teen girls like myself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was initially very excited to read this book and purchased this alongside the rest of the series. The setting I felt was originial and very interesting. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Chloe Anderson
pooled ink Reviews:
UGLIES sets us up in perfected future that has risen after the great devastation that has destroyed much of the earth leaving behind collapsed stone... Read more
storyline not completely original and poor description, such as "The Smoke really was smoky".
it is okay for a read when i'm
bored but would not buy this again
Nice and easy read. I bit slow at the beginning but gets better and better towards the endPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good story and a very easy read. I'll be buying the rest of the series xPublished 5 months ago by Emmie Togneri
I read this book because of its' popularity. Almost every review I had read was favorable and it seemed like a good bet. Read morePublished 5 months ago by fredamans
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