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Uglies (Uglies #1)
by Scott Westerfeld
425 pages
Published February 8th 2005
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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.


If I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.

All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. I’ll admit, the names just sound silly. Uglies, Pretties,
Littlies, New Pretty Town, Rusties, they remind me of something my four year old cousin would say. There’s a lot of other slang that takes some getting used to, but don’t let it put you off! Uglies is set in a society where everyone has an operation to become pretty by a certain age. Peris has already became pretty and Tally makes one last trip to see him before her operation in 3 months. Uglies and Pretties don’t mix, so you can imagine she gets into some trouble which is just the start of her adventure.

I like Tally, she’s not my favourite character ever, but she’s not overly annoying. The only thing that bugs me is her obsession with being pretty. She goes on and on a few times about it, but she’s been brainwashed to think anyone who hasn’t been made pretty is automatically ugly. I guess I can forgive her for that, because she does, eventually, start to see the world differently.

I don’t want to go into the story of Uglies, or what Tally gets herself into, but in a nutshell, she has to decide if becoming pretty is worth the price of betraying her friends. I like the adventures she has, I like the cast of characters, I like the setting, basically there’s nothing about this book that I dislike. I am really surprised at how gender neutral Uglies is, I was not expecting that and you could say I got a little frustrated with the lack of romance. Westerfeld’s writing more than made up for it though.

With the ideas presented later in the story, it’s almost eerie to think about something like that happening in the future. I definitely recommend this one to anyone.

Already devouring book two,