Series: Uglies #1
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: February 8th 2005
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 425
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Tally is about to turn
sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the
operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning
pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise
where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally's new friend Shay
isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. 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 a choice: find her friend and turn
her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her
“Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in a history class.”
I loved Tally in this book. She was a trickster and a person who just wanted what she had always been told was the thing to be. But when she learns that there are others out in the world “smokies” and see starts learning that all she had been taught wasn’t what she thought it was. She started changing and she was growing and learning, and when she realized that she couldn’t do the thing she was pretty much forced into doing, she tried to end it. Sadly this didn’t go as she thought it would and she ended up causing an awful thing to happen to the community she was now calling home. But she does her best to fix this and try to make it right and protect the people that she had by accident ended up hurting.
“History would indicate that the majority of people have always been sheep.”
It's true even if you go back centuries from the time were in now, it shows that people have always been followers. Most to good people, but some to awful people. It's sad to think of but it does make you realize that sometimes we don't learn and we just go with the crowd even when the crowd is doing something that's wrong.
This book is very similar in ways to how we are as a society today. Which makes it scary and was what made me love this story so much I think. Because maybe we still have a chance to change how we see things and how we live.
The only real problem I had with this story was the insta-love between two characters. I know it's because there young and all but I still feel like more important things were happening/needed to be dealt with.
That ending was really good, I can't believe she told what she had done even though she knew it would change everything. It did make me love Tally even more though because she didn't just keep hiding it until she couldn't keep it a secret anymore or someone else told it for her.
Overall I loved this story and I am so glad that I have the second book so that I can just continue on and find out what happens next.
“Yes. What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”