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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld



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.
Audiobook, 13 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Recorded Books (first published February 8th 2005)
series: Uglies #1
literary awards: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2008), Georgia Peach Honor Book Award (2008), Abraham Lincoln Award (2007)



Ok, so you know when there is a super-hyped book and you’re like, “Well, with all the major hype, I just don’t know if I should give in and read it.”?  Well, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was one of those books for me.  And I’m glad I read it, because I know what all the hype’s about.  But I just didn’t enjoy it the way I thought I would.  Honestly, it really frustrated me.

Part of the irritation could be from the narrator.  She made Tally very whiney at times.  I detest whiney characters, especially those who are whiney for no reason like Tally was.  Blind obedience turning into quiet defiance then to full-fledged rebellion is a normal theme in YA dystopian, so I was cool with that.  What got under my skin so much is Tally.  I mean honestly, she just couldn’t see that what she was doing was wrong.  Her motivation of being pretty just got old very fast.

So, I basically just wanted it over.  But it was like the book that never ended!  Over all I was really very irritated by Uglies. I will give Pretties a try, but depending on my mood after finishing it, I may or may not ever read Westerfeld again.

*Packs up soapbox and heads home*

2 Trees: Mildly entertaining, left me with an ugly feeling about it.

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1 comment:

  1. this is the series that made me fall in love with YA. i'm seriously hoping it was the audio that didn't do it for you. i DEVOURED these books, one right after the other. i couldn't read them fast enough. and after i read these, i read everything else by Westerfeld. the only things i haven't read by him are the Leviathian series, and it is because i wanted it completed.

    i really want you to like this series because i'm scared you're gonna miss out on something special. i never felt Tally whiny, i thought she was kinda awesome and strong. but i read the printed book.

    this will stress me out all day long, no joke.


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