Reading time: 2 – 3 minutes
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis: (Taken From Amazon.com) 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.
I was highly recommended Uglies by Scott Westerfeld again and again — so naturally (being Dystopian and all) I already had high hopes. Unfortunately if my high hopes were a 5, this only reached about 70% of the way. It wasn’t particularly bad, per say — just a little above average.
It’s very hard to attach yourself to a character who is ingrained to be so superficial. Although I understand the whole point in poking fun at society in general, I don’t think it was AS beautifully done as it could be. What made the book enjoyable was Tally’s journey to find her friend, who had escaped being sent to Pretty Town. I loved the idea of hover boards and how they worked as well as the filter that filtered fresh water (even from urine!) and also hydrated their dehydrated food. (Even if it was only the same dish over and over!)
The thing about Uglies by Scott Westerfeld — is that it’s not a novel that is truly capable of being this amazing multi-dimensional novel that even highly educated adults would enjoy. It’s more of a novel that limits itself to young teenagers. It’s not particularly WELL-written. It just has a pretty neat concept with a touch of danger and excitement. It will surely attract young teens who are broadening their literary horizons to the Dystopian genre!