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Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I had originally read Uglies 5 years ago. In fact, I read the whole seriesso I knew what was going to happen. Because of The October Club, I thought I’d read it again. After all, I was younger, maybe I’d think about it differently, right? Except I didn’t. I still feel about it the same way I did so many years ago. My book edition is from 2005, so the blurb and cover might be different than others.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
What my book cover looks like.
The back:
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 is part of a trilogy. Though there’s a fourth book, it’s not in Tally’s point of view, so it’s not officially considered as part of the series.
Age: 12 years and up
Review: 5 stars
Tally starts out being very narrow-minded. Being pretty is the only option for her. So when Shay starts to talk to her about considering being ugly for the rest of her life, Tally can’t wrap her mind around it. At the beginning of the book I really disliked Tally because she was focused solely on looks. But then I realized that that was the way society made her. Everyone was forced to call themselves ugly—heck, the lived in Uglyville—until they turned sixteen. If I were her, I’d probably be the same. As the story went on, I really loved the way Tally grew. Not physically, but emotionally and mentally. She really matured throughout the whole book.
I also loved the idea of this world. Westerfeld, in a way, predicted what he thinks the world will get to if people keep destroying the world with fights and vanity and such. But he also added a scare factor: If you mess with biology, something is bound to go wrong. I adored the adventure, and the romance! Though the romance was in the background of the story, it was a nice thing to an otherwise scary concept. When I reached the end of the book, I was left wanting more—and I already read the series! 

Note: I will most definitely continue reading the series once I’m done with The October Club, though I might not put any more reviews. But who knows? I might.

My video review on this book will be up Monday, Oct. 8th.



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