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Uglies

Author:  Scott Westerfeld
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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.

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Jun 08,2017
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The uglies was made in 2005 by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a future post scarcity dystopian world. The new type of society was formed after a disastrous oil-bug was released upon the planet killing 98%  of the human population. Three hundred years from then the government will provide for everything, including plastic surgery operations. Everyone on there 16th birthday receives the "pretty" operation where they turn into the societies standard of beautiful. After the operation, new Pretties cross the river that divides the city and lead a new life with  no responsibilities or obligations. The first novel is focused on the exploits of Tally Youngblood. When Tally's new friend Shay runs away to the Smoke, a secret refuge for those who oppose the city's government, the future of Tally's own operation becomes uncertain. The head of special circumstances, cut Tally a deal: Betray her friend and help the city locate the runaways or remain an "Ugly" forever. But after a while with the smokies, she learns that the operation doesn't just make them beautiful, they also put lesions into the minds of the "Pretties" making them dumb, shallow. 

The book was made for young adults, consisting a range of: Action, romance and other things. 

In the book there is a range of characters having different personalities. In this novel Tally Youngblood is the main character. She is clever and loves different types of tricks. Shay is Tally's new friend in "Uglyville". Shay is playful and childish and soon gets jealous of Tally's attention at the Smoke.

This book is the first in the Uglies series (followed by Pretties and Specials). Each book largely stands alone, but to get the full story it's best to read the series alone.

 

 

Apr 14,2015
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I love how adventurous and exiting this series is, I love how at the end of every chapter you can't put it down, and how you get so attached to the characters, that everything that happens to them is like its hapening to your own brother or sister - ok I know that that sounds kind of weird, BUT ANYWAY................. I know that the title might seem strange, and the blurb may seem uninteresting and not for say; 'your sort of thing' but trust me you HAVE to read this! :D

Sep 09,2014
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Uglies Book Review

This book is called the Uglies and is part of a series of four books. It is written by Scott Westfield and the series is in the library.

The main character in this book is called Tally. She lives in a world in the distant future where we (the Rusties) had almost destroyed the world. The world has changed and now, people get operations to make them look stunning. No more cutting down trees and polluting the world, they now have hoverboards and holes in the wall that shoot out clothes.

Tally is almost sixteen, the age where you turn from a hideous, pimply ugly, to a gorgeous pretty. All Tally’s old friends have turned, and in a few weeks, she will be over the river to pretty town where all you do is party and get drunk. But when Tally is out playing Ugly pranks, she meets a girl called Shay who is unsure about becoming Pretty and knows secrets that Tally never dreamed could be true.

I love this book and series and would recommend it to anyone who loved ‘The Hunger Games’. It is fast paced with new twists and turns around every corner. I think the author wrote this book as a new interpretation of the future and has a fantastic view of it. It is entertaining and I couldn’t put it down. Finishing on an unexpected twist, reading the second book is a must!

Aug 15,2014
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'Uglies', by author Scott westerfeld is an amazing Sci-fi/ dystopian book with meaning and realistic, futuristic issues. In a world of extreme beauty, is anyone normal ugly? The main character is Tally Youngblood a 15yr old pretty wanna be. 'Uglies' is about Tally's adventure in her choosing her way of life. It's starts off in uglyville, a place where people live before their 16th birthday pretty operation. Through out the book Tally goes other places like the Wild, and of course Prettyville.

Tally starts of as a typical 15 year old girl, she was a pretty wanna be. Her previous best friend Perris had had his pretty making operation and Tally was alone in Uglyville. After a fortunate turn of events Tally met another girl Shay, but Shay was different, she didn't want to be turned pretty. Tally and Shay became unlikely friends but as their birthday came they went in different directions. Shay ran away to the Wild and Tally went to have her operation.
Unfortunately Tally was diverted to the Special Circumstances Headquarters in which she was given a threat and then given a choice. This book features Tally's journey and how one person can change the world.

This book is a must read, it's sudden turn of events makes it a thrill and adventure for not only Tally but for you as well. I could not put this book down. It features a realistic view of what our world could be like in 1000 years time. It almost warns us against the future and the way our world could be if we continue the way we are going. I will leave you with the books driving and feature question, “Is it not good to make society full of beautiful people?”

I completely recommend this book to anyone who loves real adventures, or and loves romance and heroism.

Jul 17,2013
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The storyline for Uglies is very unique, and is set in the future. Uglies really shows how much people in general, care about their looks, and the reader can really see how the authorities in Uglies, came up with the operation, which is basically, their way of eliminating any originality, imagination and creativity in people. The world of Uglies is very realistic, and reading about Pretty town and Ugly ville is a very accurate mind picture of today's society, and how people judge other people on how they look. Tally is a very good representation of a teenager in today's society, she deserately wants to fit in, and she does not realise the cost that fitting in comes with, nor the costs that standing out comes with (in her world). Uglies is a great book; all the characters have different and realistic personalities, and are very relatable to people, especially teenagers, in today's society.

Jun 19,2013
4

I completely, 100% loved Uglies. The way that Scott Westerfeld wrote about this futuristic society gave me shivers. Their society was so incredibly thought out to every last detail, and I think that in the future, perhaps we will in fact have interface rings and hoverboards. Just everything about Uglyville and New Pretty Town was so believable. It made me feel like I was actually living there with Tally and was experiencing everything she was doing. But this future was really creepy in the way that everyone was controlled and so closely watched – it’s like nobody had any privacy. I loved the characters in this book. I admired Tally for her courage and bravery. I liked how Tally was not dependant on anyone or anything for help. I also enjoyed watching how her opinions about the world she lived in were completely changed by the end of the book. Another character that I really liked was Shay. I loved the way she was so different to everyone else in the book. She was so independent and determined to live her own life and not to be pressured or made to become pretty. This book really made me wonder, if I grew up in that world, would I want to be pretty too? I guess if I grew up in that type of society, everyone else would have become pretty or were waiting to have their operation, so I wouldn’t have questioned the system. But after finding out the huge secret behind the operation, no way would I want to be a pretty. This book was just so thought provoking and there wasn’t a dull moment. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

 

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