Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon.com
Series: Uglies Book 1
Other Books by This Author: Peeps series, Midnighters series, Leviathan, So Yesterday
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
Uglies had been on my To Read list for a very long time. It just was not very high up on my list. Lately I have had a fascination with all things dystopian and the box set was cheap on Amazon so I thought, Why Not? I’m so happy I bought them!
The book seemed a little slow at first. We jumped right into the world without much explanation or background but it didn’t take long to figure things out. After that I had a very hard time setting this book down. The whole concept of the story and the world is completely genius! And completely frightening at the same time. This seems like something that could actually happen! I guess that’s true for a lot of dystopian books. That’s probably why I like them so much too. Scott Westerfeld’s world building is incredibly done.
All the characters were easy to connect to and well written. At times I wanted to shake Tally but I think that is a natural reaction and one that the author wanted us to have. I felt the fear, distrust and horror that these characters felt at their situation.
All in all Uglies was a fantastic read. I can’t wait to devour all of the series and Scott Westerfeld’s other books as well.