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Uglies, the Collector's Set: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras (The Uglies) Paperback – 6 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 1680 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Slp edition (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971207
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 13 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. pub Date: 2009 Pages: 1680 Publisher: Simon Pulse Scott Westerfeld's bestselling Uglies series in a Collectible paperback boxed-set!

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Tally (our main character) 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. I had heard amazing things about this series and I have to say I was not disappointed! Scott Westerfeld's idea of beauty being perfection really echo'd the vibes of how some people see society today. Tally is awaiting her operation to transform her into a pretty, but upon discovering something about her friend, her operation is withheld unless she can perform a certain action that will prove herself worthy. The saga moves on gradually and you are introduced to Westerfeld's idealistic society and I have to say the world building is fantastic. For me, the constant 'pretty talk' put me off slightly in the second book but I realised that was the exact way I was supposed to be feeling about this society and it really put Westerfeld's ideals into perspective. Wonderful collection of great dystopian novels from an amazing author.
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I love these books. I think the story is complex but still understandable and interesting. Have to say I was surprised that a man had written it as he still retains the appeal to women but having science as well to interest the male population. Think these books aim to suit the majority. I am glad it is in a box set as I always prefer to have the series together, and I quite like the new designs as the older ones were a bit 'girly' and at least this design may encourage men to read this as well.
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First of all, I am a firm admirer of box sets. I really dislike having to wait for the next book.... and the next.... and the next...
So, having read the first one as soon as I saw that there is a box set, I gave my book as a present to a friend and ordered the box set.
I wasn't so much impressed with the first book but I was curious about the development of the story. You see, the theme was quite impressive. A society of almost perfectly looking people, the coming of age of a young girl and the consequences of human nature both in the natural environment and in human nature itself. Was it a distopia ar a utopian experiment?!?!?!? Are humans capable of sacrificing the gifts of free thinking, development and choice in order to preserve the natural environment?
But the pace wasn't up to the theme, the descriptions were too descriptive and the characters not developed enough. I was expecting more from a story that has great potential.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97f00e94) out of 5 stars 57 reviews
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f1ba2c) out of 5 stars Your teens will love it 4 Dec. 2009
By Lena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The "Uglies" series is one of those rare cases when both I and my daughter (not yet 11) absolutely agree in our judgment of these books as absolutely brilliant - interesting, original and well written, as well as "mind-twisting", in Westerfeld's definition. If I think back, only Harry Potter books in our house received the same unanimous positive feedback.

Even though the "Uglies" series are targeted for teen audience, I would recommend these books for younger readers as well, especially if these readers are interested in Sci Fi books. Just be aware of mature themes and some frightening moments - think "Fahrenheit 451". The world of "Uglies" is definitely dystopian, even though in a different way than the world of Ray Bradbury. This world is strange and frightening, but also cool at the same time; it is future with mandatory cosmetic operations and endless parties, time where almost everybody can choose the way they want to look and even change it by will ... And as always, there are people - teens - who try to fit, or rebel against the existing order, or...
I liked the series, because it talks about very serious subjects (price of perfection, relations between individual and government/society, true identity of the person, love and friendship - to name just a few). However, at the same time it is engaging, very well written and resonates with many things that happen in modern teens' life.
With all this, it is incredible fun to read!

PS : I almost forgot : the book doesn't have any vampires in it - rarity in the modern teen fiction. It is original, refreshing - and very good reading.
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f1ba80) out of 5 stars Wonderful books 22 Jan. 2011
By Tanara Petrova - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The books were absolutely amazing. They truely reminded me why I am a Westerfeld fan. I got the quartet on my Kindle, however, and was severely disappointed in the quality of the digital transcription. It was HORRIBLY proofread, with hundreds of missing periods, randomly placed hy-phens (ser-iously, it was this hor-rible,) equally random slashes where periods\ commas\ or colons should have been, missed line breaks (dialog from diferent characters in the same paragraph without even a space separating the quatations, and worst of all, all four books were in the same file (which was fine with me, it made going from one book to the next seamless) but they put Extras (book 4) ahead of Specials (book 3.) It was apparant that the publishers outsourced the transcription of the Kindle copy to a low quality firm in stead of doing it themselves. Definitely a recommended read for anyone who wants to get the hard copies, but for your own sake, avoid the quartet package on digital readers!!!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f203e4) out of 5 stars Awesome Books, Great Set 1 Nov. 2009
By Leah R. Mattson - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this series is written for teens, adults who love the genre will enjoy the Ugly Series. The books are well written; the characters are well developed; and the world Westerfeld creates is intriguing.
The box set is a great deal because you don't have to wait before jumping into the next story (and you will want to).
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f200fc) out of 5 stars Threes Company. Fours a Crowd 4 Jan. 2011
By Jadedgemini14 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first read Uglies I was amazed. I hadnt expected a book to be unique within its subject area. Yes world domination as well as trying to enforce a Utopia but trust me this book is something you havent seen before. Beautiful insight from the young Tally Youngblood and by her you feel you are there flying on the hover board with her. You feel why. The adventures continue in Prettys and Specials and trust me if you are the type of person who cant put a book down once your hooked this is it. Save your money and buy the collection. Youre not gonna want to stop reading this. However beware of the fourth book. Its not....as special as the other ones. A waste of story really. The first three books are the stories you want to get lost in.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f20870) out of 5 stars Great read for teens and young adults! 20 Nov. 2009
By M. Rutledge - Published on Amazon.com
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My 15 year old daughter and I read this series together (she read one book, then passed it to me). It was fast-paced, well-written and gave us lots to talk about. Get it and share with teen girls that you know!
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