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The final book of a downhill series
on 4 September 2016
I bought 'Uglies' when it was on offer and enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series straight away. The second book I thought wasn't as good as the first but this book I think just shows the weaknesses of the series as a whole. It's very telling that I finished the first 2 books in 2 days each but this one took over a week, mainly as I couldn't be motivated to pick it up and keep reading it.
The plots of each book follow the same format, Tally is in one state (Ugly, Pretty, Special) and loving it at the start of the book, she then finds out there is something wrong, she finds and loses a boy, falls out and makes up with Shay, discovers a darker plot by the government which changes the way she views the world and goes about trying to change it, usually by changing personality and letting everything happen all over again in the next book. Although this story has the most exciting plot of the series (the Diego and armoury parts of the story), the format is so tired that it just makes it uninteresting and predictable.
The main character of Tally goes through so many personality changes that we don't really know who we are meant to be routing for anymore. I particularly didn't like the way that self-harm was portrayed in any of the books. It's never really seen as a problem and in this book in particular there are some parts where it is heralded as the way to think clearly and solve problems - not something that I believe should be the moral in a Young Adult book.
There is another book to follow which I'd already bought, but it doesn't follow Tally's story line and although this may make it a better book, I'm not in any hurry to pick it up and start reading it just yet!