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