Monday, February 23, 2009

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis from B&N

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.

This book was amazing! I had read a lot about the series and while they seemed interesting I never really felt the pull to read them that I often get with books. Boy, was I wrong. This book is fabulous and I am going to the library as soon as I am done to get Pretties.

Westerfeld has created a whole new world and amazing characters. Tally desperately wants to be pretty and can't wait for her sweet sixteen when she will have the surgery but of course things never work out that easily. Her story just gets more compelling when she leaves the safety of her city and heads to the Smoke where people live without all the futuristic help, basically like we live now.

I loved that they keep magazines and things from Rusties (us) as artifacts and that they think the way we live and idolize the celebrities in the magazines is ridiculous. It is a great futuristic world without being unbelievable.

The book ends on a giant cliffhanger so I really have to go get the next one because I loved it and I need to know what happens. Go read it. Right now.

Favorite quote: While Tally and Shay are looking at old magazines.

"They're sports stars, actors, artists. The men with the stringy hair are musicians, I think. The really ugly ones are politicians and someone told me the fatties are mostly comedians."

This book counts toward my Library Challenge and First in a Series

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Beth F said...

Great quote!! I'm going to read this for the Westerfeld mini-challenge. My niece has been on my case to read the series for a long while now.

Really nice review

Mandy said...

I've read the entire series, plus the Guide for them, and they are all really good. I hope you enjoy the rest. My favorites of the series was 1 and the extra one. But I would suggest that before you read Extras, go in knowing that it's a different story. It's in the same world and things, but different story.
Happy reading!

Katie said...

I've got something for you on my blog!

Ladytink_534 said...

I just reviewed this on my blog the other day lol. That was one of the best quotes :o)

Here's mine

Robbie said...

Best one in the series :) Great review!

Melissa said...

I loved that quote, too--definitely got me laughing! Great review :-) I finished Pretties last night and hope to get that review posted soon.

Thanks for linking my review, I've updated my post with yours, too! And I've enjoyed tweeting with you too! Wish I could tweet while I'm at work, but they block that site on our network.

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