Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Uglies by David Westerfield Review

Uglies by David Westerfield
Uglies (Uglies Series #1)

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Tally lives in this dystopian world were you are 'ugly', until you turn sixteen and become 'pretty'. The technology in this world is extremely advance. It takes place centuries after the current time. They look back at us like we were extremely dumb, but that just happens after a few centuries because humans learn from their mistakes. As Tally has lost her best friend when he turned pretty, she meets Shay. Shay has the same birthday as Tally,so Tally would expect that she would want to be turned pretty together. Not at all. Instead Shay is the exact opposite. She's claiming that there is a better place outside the little 'ugly' town they have grown up all there lives. A place where there are people that ran away from turning 'pretty'. Shay's the rebel that will not rest or care if she gets caught, because honestly they wouldn't do anything to her. Tally on the other hand has waited for years, like every other 'pretty' has. She doesn't see anything wrong with the government because it has been like that for years. You turn 'pretty' on your sixteenth birthday and you won't have to do anything the rest of your life, except have fun at parties every night and day.

I personally love the world Scott Westerfield builds through out the novel and I just feel like there are so many endless possibilities that he could add. At first glance I was very hesitant with reading this book. The idea of 'pretties' and 'uglies' caught me, bewildered. Though it was tough in the beginning, I grew with the book as I progressed through it. The suspense did not keep me up much and Tally's character was hard for me to mold my mind and thoughts around to go through this journey with her. My favorite part of this book was mostly the dystopian points of the advanced technologies like hoverboards. How they described change 'pretties' freaked me out and I think about the actions they take. For example the flawless skin, stretching bones, and putting plastic inside your nose and checks, instead of cartilage was the opposite of the pretty fluffy stuff in paranormal young adults.

Wrapped up all in one I did not enjoy this book as I would like. I guess I have learned my lesson of not believing the hype. I might review Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky next week. Until then, I tip my hat off to you. 

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