Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
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…
I picked up this book per recommendation of one of my lovely friends. This is her absolute, number one, 100% favorite series, so I just had to see what was up. Plus I met Scott Westerfeld at YallFest when I got my friends books signed, and he is a delight. So I hopped on the ugly train, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Dystopian is one of my favorite genres. There’s just something about it that is so… foreshadowing? Like every dystopian world was once our world, the world we are living in right now, and these futures written by such talented authors could just quite possibly be our future. Who knows right? Now some are more farfetched than others, but who knows what could happen in the science world 100 years into our future.
Anyway, being that this was a dystopian society I immediately began to enjoy it. This book really says something about our society today, and all our image issues. The main character, Tally Youngblood, is an Ugly who is months away from turning Pretty. It’s the “norm” of this society to think that Uglies are ugly, but in these descriptions they don’t sound very ugly, they all seem like normal teenagers with normal teenage problems. So while Tally doesn’t have low self-esteem it’s really disturbing how much she picks on her own looks and the looks of her peers. But that’s the whole crazy world.
I’m looking forward to the sequel, Pretties. Bombshells were dropped near the end of Uglies, and I need to know how it continues. Plus I need to see if my ship will survive!
The only reason I decided to give Uglies 4 stars instead of 5 was because I had issues with Tally’s friend Shay, the first 25% of the book with her and Tally in Uglyville just really drags for me, and I almost put it down. So these are really my own issues, and I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of dystopian and adventure.