Uglies – book review


Uglies is the thrilling first book in its series by Scott Westerfeld.

In the future, society has come to believe that in order for everyone to be treated equally, they all need to look the same. These people believe that people looking different for each other started all wars in the past. So now, everyone gets an operation upon turning sixteen that transforms them into a stunningly beautiful ‘pretty’. Until then, everyone is considered a repulsive ‘ugly’.

Fifteen year-old Tally has looked forward to the day she turns sixteen all her life. She can’t wait to be transformed from a hideous ugly into a stunning pretty. She will finally be able to move out of Uglyville and into New Pretty Town, where their only job is to have fun. She will be thrown into one big, never-ending party and will be able to do everything and go everywhere she desires.

But when Tally befriends a girl names Shay, who isn’t sure she wants to become pretty, her life and her future is changed forever.

When Shay runs away, Tally is faced with an impossible choice – find her friend and turn her in, or never become pretty at all…

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 Pretties! I loved Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10.

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