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Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld
Contribution by Rodrigo Corral

Simon Pulse | February 8, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Uglies is rated 4.5385 out of 5 by 65.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.17 in

Published: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689865384

ISBN - 13: 9780689865381

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read! Uglies. Scott Westerfeld. New York: Simon Pulse. 2005. p. 406. Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld is a book very much based on how looks are what is most important in society. The purpose of this book is to showcase just that, how life today compared to life years ago, is mainly based on the appearance of one’s self and or others. How you look can either make or break you in society. So if this is how life is like now, how much worse or better would it be, in the future? I personally felt that this book did a good job of letting people know that we cannot let how we look or the idea of being perfect, rule our lives and that if everyone was beautiful and perfect, how terrible life would really be. The author has set this society or way of life in a futuristic time, run by a communist like government, and image is absolutely everything in this society. You start off as an “Ugly” living in Ugly Ville with everyone else who hasn’t yet undergone the “pretty surgery,” a surgery that supposedly makes you perfect and the same as everyone else who had undergone it. Once an Ugly has turned 16 they immediately get the surgery done where they are then known as “Pretties” and move to Pretty Town with everyone else who has become a Pretty and your life becomes a never ending party. But not everyone feels the need to have their lives set out for them in this way, not everyone wants to be the same as everyone else, not everyone wants to be Pretty. Those who choose to not live life this way run away to the “Smoke,” a place where anyone who wants to disobey the laws of Ugly Ville and Pretty Town take refugee and become known as a “Smokie” as well as hide from “Special Circumstances” the law enforcers of this society. This book does a good job in letting our society know how people can take the image of another or of one’s self to a completely ridiculous level, and that looks come before anything else, especially when it comes to the media. We are led to believe that if we want to be successful in life, have more job opportunities, or to be happier with ourselves or life, we must first be good looking, tall, slim, essentially our idea of what perfection is. Uglies, tells us how this idea of needing to look pretty to live a better life is ridiculous. The exterior of a person doesn’t determine whether or not someone is smart or dumb, whether or not they’re nice or cruel, or whether or not someone is living the best life possible, or the worst life ever. It’s what’s on the inside that counts for everything and this book tells us that. What this story lacks is that perhaps not all the Pretties are happy with the life they had entered. In Ugly Ville we are told that what any Ugly wants most is to become Pretty so that they no longer need to attend school or have strict curfews, but rather party every day and have the time of their lives, but we are also told that some Uglies don’t wish that for themselves, and so they runaway to the Smoke, where they can live life without strict rules, but still be themselves and look the way they look. So if Uglies can be on both sides of the fence, why can’t Pretties. Personally I agree to the Smokies logic, how can life be any good when you are identical to everyone else? I myself have asked this question to others or myself when it comes down to following social or fashion trends because I feel as though I would be labelled as someone I’m not, labelled as the everyday average person doing and following what others do. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether or not you fit in with the crowd or you don’t, what matters is how you feel about yourself and whether or not you are content with it.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies is one of those books you just can't put down! "In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly." If I could name one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is one of those books that you just can't put down, and when you do, your mind craves to just pick it up and continue reading. In the book, everyone is born and quickly labeled as an "ugly" until they reach their sixteenth birthday, that's when things change. For their sixteenth birthday they're given an operation that would turn them super model gorgeous that are known as "pretties" in this novel. Tally Youngblood, the protagonist of this story, is an ugly. She is also very mischievous and in a few weeks she will be joining her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. However, many problems come her way when she meets a new girl named Shay. She soon finds out that Shay is hesitant to become a pretty and would rather risk her life on the outside and avoid the operation. When Shay runs off to the Smoke, which is a rumored settlement for Uglies that haven't undergone the operation, Tally learns about a whole new side to the operation and New Pretty Town, nothing she would have ever imagined. The authorities offered Tally two options and she is left to choose between turning in Shay and revealing the whole community of rebels, or never turning pretty at all. This puts the protagonist in a difficult situation creating a very adventurous and climatic story which keeps you flipping the pages and making you want to read more. As you read on, you realize that the book is somewhat hard to get into because of all the slang and futuristic vocabulary that Westerfeld has used. There is nothing in the book that helps explain what the words mean, you just have to figure it out as you read the novel and try and decipher all the new words that are used. I feel as if the cultural background of this story is mostly around the US, Australia, of United Kingdom. The term "SpagBol" used in the book is also used in the UK and is not internationally used by most people. Uglies is a great start to the series and gives the readers a preview of what the word might come to, with the media making people strive to become more physically beautiful. Any young adult can make connections and relate to Tally, which makes the book easy to get hooked onto. Although the novel is based mostly on physical appearance and how being beautiful is the most important thing, it also reminds the readers that it really is what's on the inside that counts, not the out. In a world of brains versus beauty, which would you choose? Filled with a very unique and vast variety of characters, set among new and interesting scenery, and packed with adventure, Uglies is an amazing start to S. Westerfeld's series. With all that to start off the book and a frustrating cliffhanger, this book should be a great read for young adults interested in getting away and going into a whole new world.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! :D This book is sooo good! Filled with action, friendship, glamour, adventure and even romance- this series is a must read. I love the character development and the shocking truth that is reveiled. I expected this book to be pretty good, but not nearly this good! You definitely need to read this! Can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies This book is one of the best books ive ever read. I kept me very entertained, I couldnt put the book down. It was a different book, then i have ever read before. I loved the different type of world the character lives in, and I love how its a suspensful book.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Started off a bit slow - but once the action picked up - AWESOME! I have to admit that the concept didn't do much for me. And all the 'hoverboarding' seemed very...well, Back to the Future. The character of Tally was boring and one dimensional...that was, until she went off alone on her adventure and had to make the decision to betray her new friend. THAT'S when things got VERY interesting! And it didn't let up, there! There was more adventure, some romance, more betrayal, tragedy, triumph - well...just about everything a good book should have. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the boring beginning. Can't wait to read book 2!!!
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent take on a post-apocalyptic utopia I personally really enjoy post-apocalyptic teen fiction and this book fits the bill better than others. I really enjoyed the made up slang and the ‘utopian’ society where you are only as good as how you look. The plot has been done, obviously because what plot hasn’t at this point? This is a nice take on the escape from utopia, however, its something that might be a little easier for young people to stomach than something that requires a lot of deep thinking like 1984. As the main character is only a teenager herself, the reader gets to discover the plot along with her. I think this would be a good read as an in class project and also just something to pick up and have fun with on your own. It is very well written and explores everything that is wrong with society in a very in-your-face sort of way. I think every teenager can identify with the feelings of isolation and inadequacy that are explored, as well as the feeling that society is not all that you believed it to be. A good read for everyone, please give it a shot.
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a great series ;) Great book! It wasn't predictable at all- and I just reallly liked how Tally was always on the move throughout the novel. There weren't sections where the author just babbled on about nothing, which I often get bored of.
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book of all Time This novel is completely incredible, it is amazing this novel helps you think twice about what is happening to our world, this makes you think twice about the worlds obsession with beauty, our perception of beauty and also the way in which we are caring for our environment. This novel helps you become a critical thinker towards who is running our societies and how they are running them, we should critically analyze what our societal ideologies entail to be able to eventually fight against it, just like Tally
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read 3.5 stars When anyone turns 16 years old, they have a surgery they have been anticipating all their lives - they are turned "pretty" and are able to live a life of fun and parties all the time. Tally's best friend Peris turned 16 a few months before Tally, so Tally is lonely without him. She meets Shay, another "ugly", and they hang out until their mutual birthday. Suddenly, close to their birthday, Shay announces to Tally that she doesn't want to turn "pretty" and there is a place they can escape to. She wants Tally to come with her. Tally refuses, but after Shay runs away anyway, Tally is forced to help the authorities find Shay. Will Tally betray Shay? It was good. It's YA, so it's fast to read, and the chapters often end on a note where you want to keep reading. In fact, the entire book ended that way, on a slight cliffhanger, so I hope to get to the 2nd book in the trilogy, Pretties, fairly soon. Definitely an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies : To be or not to be In the future, years after a deadly virus killed off the majority of the human population, the world has vastly changed. It’s a world where anybody that’s not extremely beautiful is considered ugly. Tally Youngblood is a normal teenager, waiting for the day that’s quickly approaching, where she will become 16 and be able to become a ‘Pretty’ through surgery. It’s a day that every ‘Ugly’ dreams of – with the exception of a few. Tally soon meets Shay, a new friend that ran away from her surgery. To get Shay back, Tally is forced through the ruins of the past to find Shay’s new home. After many days of traveling on her hover board to find her, Tally lands inside a colony of other normal people who had refused the surgery to live their lives in harmony. But when the pretty police shut the colony down, will Tally stick with her new friends or will she return home to the surgery of her dreams? From the first line you’ll be hooked, never wanting to set the book down. Westerfeld’s action-packed novel is loaded with twists and turns and is sure to make your top ten lists.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Series! Don't judge this book based on the back cover! That's what I did - (multiple times) before actually buying it. This book is absolutely incredible. It is a dystopian novel about a population set in the future. This book covers a lot of deep themes, and to this day, I still find enjoyment in re-reading this series. If you've read the Hunger Games series, you will like this one!
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I've been putting off this series for quite some time, I just didn't think I would be into this kind of story. But I was wrong. I can't say I found these books "amazing".. but they did captivate my attention. Parts of the story were really predictable, where others left me surprised.. All in all, it was a great start to what I suspect will be a great series. I am looking forward to seeing where Tally Youngblood ends up, and if she ends up with PrettyBoy Peris, or ends up with David... Time will tell I suppose.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Thats amazing! How does someone think those ideas up? I love how he called us "the rusties" purily magnificent
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMMAAZZIINNG (so far) I'm halfway done and I love it! I've never seen a book that could compete with my loving of harry potter but this one is just great, can't wait to read the pretties!
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uglies in the best of the series. I purchased this series for one of my kids and never intended to read it. After the horrible writing in Twilight I was determined to never set my eyes in the pages of a YA book again. Alas, my child expressed how enjoyable Uglies was. "Mom, you HAVE to read it! It's not crappy like Twilight. I want to discuss it with you, I bet we can really get into a healthy debate about it" LOL. Well, I read it, I liked it, and no, there was no healthy debate. No debate at all, actually Kinda hard to debate a book when you both have the exact same feelings about it :-) The main characters of this book have lives that are divided up into sections. From birth to 12 they are called Littlies. From 12 to 16 they are called Uglies. At 16 they have a break through operation that transforms them into Pretties. Perfect hair, skin, eyes, teeth, body weight, height, etc. Their bones are sanded down to shape the perfect face,synthetic bones are put in place to shape some more. You even wake up with fresh skin over your entire body leaving them free of any scars, birthmarks or blemishes. For most Uglies this is an exciting time for them. Turning Pretty is the ultimate step into the high life. They get to party all day and hang out with other people who are just as pretty as they are. For a few it is not an exciting time. Even though all Littlies and Uglies are taught from a very early age that making everyone look the same way is what stopped wars, fighting, teasing, etc, there are still a select few who like how they look. After all, what is wrong with having a too big nose, a too high forehead or thin lips? In Uglies, we get to watch Tally Youngblood get ready for her much anticipated operation. We get to find out how she misses her chance to turn Pretty. We get to watch her run off to the Smokies--a place where Uglies who want to stay ugly go to live and, eventually, we watch her come back to the city and once again face having the operation. I liked Uglies because even though there are some very minor writing issue, it's a good story with a few twists that I was not expecting. It was interesting to see how the author played out the end of us (us as in us the reader, the people of our time and century) In the book we are called Rusties. Mostly because ours cars and buildings have all rusted over. This is a good book for young people. It makes them explore self image in a healthy way and see that looking perfect and similar to everyone else is not necessarily as good as it sounds. It's not preachy, though. The author provides good and bad reasons for all ways of life within the book.
Date published: 2009-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Was Fantastic! This book was fantastic! At the age 16, you turn from ugly to pretty by going through an operation. You move from Uglyville to Prettyville. Tally, a young girl who cant wait to turn 16, is the main character. Tally's friend, Perris, from when she was a littlie, has turned 16 and moved into Prettyville. Tally can't wait to join him. One day while she was out spying on the pretties, she saw someone, Tally froze, hoping the person hadn't spotted her. The person stepped forward and Tally realized it was just another ugly. The uglie's name was Shay. Shay and Tally quickly became close friends. A few days before their birthday, Shay told Tally she didn't want to become pretty, and that she was leaving Uglyville, so she could live in a place called "The Smoke", where all uglies who didn't want to become pretties ran away to. Shay gave Tally a note, a note that only Tally could decipher, that told her the directions to "The Smoke". Shay ran away. On Tally's 16th birthday, the day of her operation, she was told her operation could not be done. She was took into "Special Circumstances" care. There, they told her that they knew that Shay had given her directions to "The Smoke", and that they needed Tally to betray Shay, and save other ugly runaways from leaving town. Tally has to make a choice between betraying Shay or saving "The Smoke" and keeping her friend's trust. Which one will she choose?
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dystiopia in Beauty This book took a while to grow on me. At first I wasn't sure what to think. I didn't think it was going to be a futuristic dystopian fiction. So it took me a while to picture the setting while reading the story. Eventually though, I started to like the book. It had a lot of interesting moments and I was curious as to what happened to the world to make it the way it is in the novel. It was a little vague. However you do get an explanation as to what happened near the end of the book. I wasn't too attached to Tally. She just seemed so shallow and *silly* and pratically obsessed with being Pretty. I understand it sounds so much better than living the hum drum life of being an Ugly but she just wouldn't be stop obsessing over it, it got old quickly. I liked Shay for her thinking and individuality. I thought she did a great job in taking Tally out of her own little shell. However aside from Tally, most of the characters in this novel weren't really rounded out, or even developed. They were just flat. Although the story focused more on Tally it would have been nice to see other characters develop with her as well. Shay does, albeit drastically but it was nice to see Tally mature throughout the book. What bugged me was Tally's anguish over her secret. I was practically yelling at the book wanting her to tell the truth. But then, I figured the book would have probably turned out a lot differently - not sure if for the better. I liked the plot throughout the novel, although I found it sort of dragged here and there (when Tally is with the Smokies for instance). I was willing to let that go however, because the story did get my attention once I got adjusted to it. It does make a pretty good dystopian fiction novel and the ending does make me want to continue where it left off. There was some science in this book but pretty basic and not enough to be discouraged with scientific jargon. If you're looking for something with action, this book does have it. Tally's journey to find her friend Shay was interesting, as Shay left her directions in some sort of code that Tally would only be able to understand. I particularly liked that because it was like a puzzle she was trying to solve and you went along the journey with her. Overall, it wasn't the best novel I've read, but it was good enough for me to read through from beginning to end. Would I recommend this? yes why not! I liked the overall theme of beauty and striving to being content with just the way you are, and to be apart from the rest. This is a perfect novel to see what would happen if the obsession of beauty is carried just a few more steps too far.
Date published: 2009-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Great Concept of Life in the Future Who wouldn't want to be pretty? When Tally, is 15 she can only dream of the day that she wil turn 16 and go to New Pretty Town and have the operation to become Pretty. Pretties, are gorgeous, who go to parties and have fun all the time. Who wouldn't want that? Tally though soon begins to wonder if becoming pretty is everything that she has ever wanted. Read it to find out!
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK Wow. Wow is the only word that describes this book. It is amazing, super, wonderful, I could go on and on! Wow.
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy How Scott Westerfeld conjured up this world on paper is crazy. No. Words.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Series. I thought that this series was very thrilling and alot of fun to read, the plot is genius and the characters are so cool. Each book is better than it's previous, The series starts of a little slow, but it's worth waiting for because Extras, the final book spins the future around on a totally thrilling ride, where the world could suddenly end.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have to say I was extremely disappointed. I had heard nothing but good things when it cames to this book, so I figured I'd give it a try. My god, it was dry and slow paced and I regret wasting my time reading it. It took all my effort just to finish it. The overal story looked really good from afar, the whole concept really intrigued me. But it was just so lacking, it was missing to many things, I found Tally to be totally flat and broing and overall the book was to random and pedestrian. Mr. Westerfield could have done allot more with this story, but instead he produced this. This book really isn't worth reading, I suggest you skip over this one and try Maximum Ride or something. Because this book really isn't worth reading.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Teen Sci-Fi The Uglies series speculates "what if everyone were pretty?" and runs with it. In Westerfeld's world, beauty is the ultimate ideal and narcissism, vapidity and selfishness are expected. Tally is an ugly waiting to become pretty by undergoing the operation all sixteen year olds go through, when she is swept up into unseen, special circumstances. She is manipulated into venturing into the wild outside of her city to spy for her city's secret agents, the Special Circumstances. While in the wild, she makes that all important teenaged discovery that beauty and popularity aren't everything. Despite the cliché moral, Westerfeld's writing is fresh and believable. By employing a speculative future, Westerfeld comments on current "Rusty" life and obsession with beauty. For those concerned about Science Fiction being ridiculous, it should be noted that Uglies has no lasers or spaceships, but is instead a low sci-fi book, meant to demonstrate life rather than technologies.
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from totally bubbly-making! haha okay so i was a little hesitant before reading this.. but i guess i am for every book so that isn't exactly saying much. But once i got going this book was literally amazing! i love the whole futuristic vibe :) and the funny thing is they always talk about how our generation/ way of life style ended almost destroying our entire species. it is extremely well thought out. when reading the characters opinions on our way of life, it made me realize how bad it it! i guess i t never really hit me how horrible we are on the environment and how violent humans are :'( but ANYWAYS: seriously amazing novel right here.. it really should have more fame then it does. So go read it!
Date published: 2009-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book was sooo good. It kept me hooked on teh series and absorbed in teh plot. At first i was really hesitant to read it b/c my sister liked it and we haev opposite reading materiaels but after reading the first book i had ot go get the rest!!! anyways AMAZING def read it
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Innovating and a page turner Uglies is a great story that takes place in the future. Scott Westerfield does a great job creating and intelligent utopic vision after present day man is extinct. The story is face paced and the characters well developed. An enjoyable read for all.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very enjoyable read indeed. :] I picked this book up because of all the great reviews about it and all the high ratings, and you know what? i'm glad i did. This story is about a world where being ugly is normal and being pretty is everything. Tally Youngblood, the heroine of the story, wants nothing but to become a pretty. But when her new friend, Shay, chooses to stay an ugly and runs away, Tally has to choose either to turn her friend in, or never become pretty at all. I enjoyed the suspense and adventure the author put into the story, and also how Tally is such a unique character. Of course I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense, romance, and a great plot. :]
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it It was really interesting in the beginning and then it got a bit boring in the middle. Don't get me wrong it was a good book and all just not my style. Still its worth reading!
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG such a good book I am still reading this book but I love it already! It gives a really good opinion on what being "pretty" can do to people and what the "rusties" (A.K.A the people of the world today) did to the earth. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I have all of the books on me X-mas wish list that every one in my family is begging for! :P <3
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was alright I did enjoy uglies but i thought that it was kinda slow pace throught the book. I felt like i just wanted to read it to see how it ended. I absolutely loved pretties and specials and are by far better books then uglies
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jaw-dropping The world that Scott Westerfeld has created in this particular series is incredible. The message that was brought to my attention right when you find this certain something out - hit me like a ton of bricks. Our society in the late future could eventually turn into this state. The characters, the settings, and atmosphere in general blew me away. This is my kind of psy-fi book.
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies I hated this book at first, i thought it was soo stupid and wierd...but then i got RIGHT into it, and now i cant put any of there books down!!! I just love to find out what side she is gonna go on, and what she has to do, and all the new people she meets...its alot of funnnn!!
Date published: 2008-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opener I loved this book ! I loved description about this world they live in, and i love how it's set waayy in the future. I really liked how they referred to us as the rusties, and it just goes to show what damage is being done to out plant, how low the self esteem of the majority of the world is. The fact that these humans are considered "Uglies" until they have a complete makeover to make them unbearbly gorgeous is baffling to me. It bothers me that it's true that people feel like the only way they will be beautiful is by going under the knife.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of all time This just blew my mind. It was amazing. I couldn' put it down. It made me think about how we are ruining our planet. It is an Amazing book. It is a great read!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! This is one of the best books ive ever read! I love how is supposed to be way in the future not past or present..... its deffinatly an all age book... its awesome. i think young kids would love it and same with middle aged people its sooooo goood!!! i would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for teens... I picked this book up simply because of the cover! Wow, did I luck out! This book was excellent! I immediately bought the others in the series! Not just a teen read...very intriguing, futuristic look at the world. It really addresses peer pressure and the whole concept of body imaging in a fictional manner. Very well written Mr. Westerfield! I am on the third book and my daughter has been sneaking it to read because she just finished "Pretties". His use of language and description really paints a visual story simultaneously! Hurry up get to Chapters and put it in your cart!!
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliantly written this book and its sequels were simply amazing. it kept you captivated every second and imposed a new way of thinking. the Pretties,Specials, and Extras and equaly good and should be read by all.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and truly different The reason i enjoyed this series so much is because it was DIFFERENT! The way the author wrote was different from any other and that was what i was looking for. All ideas were original, and i have never seen anything like this series before. If you read one, you have to read then all!
Date published: 2008-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, A Novel Worth Reading all the way to the End! This book got me hooked from start to finish! At first I didn't know if I'd like it, but I was very wrong! This book is fast-paced and full of interesting characters and a story line that really makes you question life, values, and how society can impact the way we think and feel. At sixteen years of age myself I would have already have to had made the choice that people have to make in Tally's world, the operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty or become a runaway. This book will make you wonder what you would do, and at the same time make you question your own belief on what is pretty. I am now about to start Pretties and I can hardly wait to read what happens to Tally next. I urge you to buy this book and enjoy the thrill of reading Uglies, which I can tell you, is no ugly book! So what are you waiting for? Go and read it now, if you haven't!
Date published: 2008-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAGE TURNER This book was awsome. a real page turner. If you have the chance to read it, then read it because it is worth the read.
Date published: 2008-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Awesome Captivating book that is SO worth reading it's unbelievable. I recommend to everyone and anyone
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable! This book was amazing! The way the author described certain events made me read it non-stop. I read it for 3 hours one day! The bond that David & Tally soon form is brilliant, and I really hope that they stay close. It was awesome, and I can't wait to read Pretties, Specials, & Extras. =D
Date published: 2008-02-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't get it When my best friend told me about this book I rushed over to the closest book store and bought it. When I read the book, and reflected on it, I thought that there was no point. Two friends get seperated and one is magically turned pretty and accepted in a different community? I mean, what is that all about? You have to have a really good imagination and a great deal of perseverence to read this one.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Different than I thought it would be but I actually really liked it :)
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable XD I found this book totally mesmerizing. It has an amazing plot line, moving characters, and truly magnificent plot. Everything was perfect! What I truly found interesting was how the author chose our time frame as prehistoric time, fortelling the end of our world as we know it. There are a few references that link their world and our present one, for example the mention of starvation - anorexia. BUT what I truly found moving was the deeper message in it. When every one cannot wait for the "wonderful" transformation into a Pretty, they do not realize the flaw in this process. But as the characters travel through the tale, they uncover the truth of the operation: that being a Pretty isn't pretty at all. When they find a cure, the main character, Tally, sacrifices her mind in order to test it. I thought it was amazing, how the author was able to convey the simple message "everything isn't how it seems" to a whole new level. I would reccomend this any one. It seems to have a splash of everything. Some romance, sci-fi, a little horror (the sameness of it all :P) or whatever you're into. Hope you'll consider. XD
Date published: 2007-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uglies It was an awesome book and read for anyone that loves to curl up with a nice book
Date published: 2007-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Amazing! I absolutely love this book... I read it non-stop! It's soo hard to put the book down.. Im not much of a reader but after this book i wanted to read the whole series.
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A diamond in the rough One of the few teenage fiction books I can say I truly enjoyed. While not the most original concept, it did, at least, stay true to itself with the author putting his little spin on the whole "perfect society" theme. I still haven't managed to get my hands on the sequel, but I'm really looking forward to that time.
Date published: 2007-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome <> Awesome book! Although I'm not too fond of the cat-vomit pink sky comparison, it's a great book. Definately worth reading. It's one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2007-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book of the best series ever! This book is a action-packed adventure with page turning suspense. It has tons of romantic conflict. I just couldn't stop reading until i was finished the whole series. If this book was made into a motion picture, I would be the first in line!
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! 33 this book was completely amazing. it had adventure but had some love spectrum in there too. it was pretty much the best book ive ever read (so far). tally is an amazing character and i can completely relate. im not saying im ugly or anything (lol) but i can relate to the way that she feels sometimes. i love how the author made our present day their old ages in the book. 50 stars :)
Date published: 2007-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most attention grabbing book I have ever read! This book is the absolute best!! the romance between Tally and David is so sweet, omg! i still have not bought the next book and it is killing me. i think about this book at all times and it is the first book that i actually could not put down i was reading all night one night! i have read this book four times in a week and i still am so entranced by it. this is a must read but u should buy the first and second books at the same time you will read so fast that when u finish you will want to read more!!!
Date published: 2007-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I thought that this book is the best beginning to a series Ive ever read. It just flows right into Pretties! Amazing. Absolutely Amazing!
Date published: 2007-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loves it!! Wonderful!! The characters are made to which most teenagers can relate. If you love reading then pick this book you won't e able to put it down!! Make sure you own the next bok before you finsh otherwise the cliffhanger ending will drive you mad!!
Date published: 2006-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique & Beautiful This book is anything but ugly…Scott Westerfeld has gotten away from the normal “order” of teen fiction. There is a point and lesson actually being told. This book is a page turner and it didn’t take me very long to finish. I would strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do NOT Judge This Book By Its Cover! This book is a true example of the saying "Dont judge a book by its cover." When I was told to read this book I was extremely sceptical, it looked like the type of book that only teenage girls would like and the synopsis on the back of the book made me feel like I would be regreting reading it even more, but my friend assured me that i would like it and she was right! This book may seem like a shallow teen girl book but it is actually a great sci-fi mystery full of intrigue, great character development and astounding twists and turns throughout the entire book. You will NOT regret reading this book and youj will not want to put it down until the end. I also strongly recommend buying the entire trilogy at the same time because you will definatly want to start reading the second book, "Pretties", as soon as you finish this book, if you dont the cliffhanger ending will drive you wild!
Date published: 2006-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to Society This book is so true to society. Girls are told to look a certain way. Commercials, Television and magazines tell us how to dress, how to wear our make up, how to act. Tally is an ordinary girl, but lives in a world where average is ugly. When she is sixteen Tally can get an operation to become beautiful. I find everything about this book, similar to real life. More and more people are getting plastic surgery, because they think they are not beautiful, or are over weight. I love everything about this book and the three book series by Scott Westerfeld.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book In The History of the Earth!!! "The sky was the colour of cat vomit." as soon as I had read those words I was hooked! I sped through the 400 aprx. pages in a day captivated! I got it from the library and neglected it, how could I have been so stupid! I am now waiting in anticipation till I can get my hands on Pretties and Specials! This is a book that if you have not read it, you haven't lived! What are you waiting for? Stop reading my review and get reading!
Date published: 2006-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling a twist on the world we live in. What life might be like in the future! I thought it looked interesting but I was immediatly drawn into the book and its hidden world. The best book I have read since Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" It is one of the best books I have ever read! Scott is an amazing author! All his books I have read have been thrilling but this series is one of his best!
Date published: 2006-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies oh my god. this book is sooo good. i definantly recommend it. it's so good. it's about this wierd world set int the future where once you turn 16 you get this operation that makes you supermodel gorgeous. sounds dumb right?no. anyways, tally this one girl is all excited for her sixteenth bday, her friend shay dosn't want it to happen. shay runs away and the authorities make tally go and find her. The rest i won't tell you. You have to read it yourself.
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty comes with a price This book is an awesome book it makes you think do i really want to beomce pretty now if i know whats going to happen next if i have the operation??? It really gets you going. The most interesting part of reading this book is :What is Tally going to choose; is she ging to turn her friend in ,or become pretty. Anyone throughout the age of 10 - 16 shoud totally read this book.You wont be disappointed i gurantee you!!
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected... When I first read this book I had no clue it would be this amazing! it really makes you think about what beauty really is! I found it somewhat slow in the begining but once you get 1/3 throu at the most you are soo drawn in you cant put in down! if you're looking for a good read pick this book up! if you've read it all ready check out the sequel Pretties! and keep an eye out for the 3rd Specials!!!
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Fresh Oh My God!! This book was so amazing. It was so different than anything I've ever read, and in a good way. It's a combonation of fantasy, drama, and reality. If fantasy turns you off, don't be scared because this isn't the Harry Potter or Elgon/Dragon Rider kind of fantasy with faries and dragons and magical lands. This is a futuristic fantasy, and the way Westerfeld describes this world, makes me wish I could live there! Especially the hoverboards- SO COOL!! The story line is so addictive and complex, but it all comes so well together in one fabulous and explosive ending. can't wait for the sequel Pretties (which comes out today). A must read for anyone seeking something different from the boring and repetitive crap that's out today. Enjoy.
Date published: 2005-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uglies This is a fantastic book that really makes you think. It deals with some major societal issues and has a high paced, interesting story at the same time. The story line is reminiscent of The Chrysalids but somehow more real. Most of us want to look perfect but at what cost?
Date published: 2005-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book that makes you think Uglies is a book (obviously) by Scott Westerfeld. It concerns Tally, a young girl who in her society, believes that she is ugly. Tally is nearing her sixteenth birthday on which she will have an operation to turn supermodel pretty and to join her main society. Along the way, however, she befriends another fifteen year old named Shay. Shay doesn't want to turn pretty so she runs away to a land named the Smoke- a dangerous place where you have to work- its mainly like the society we have today only the have a little help from advanced technology that the people obtained over the years. Tally is eventually bulllied by the Special Circumstances to go after Shay- or else Tally will not get her operation. Tally goes to the Smoke experiencing adventure, love, betrayal, exeptance and above all Tally learns the secrets of her society that could completely ruin it. Uglies is an amazing book that you can spend days reading. It goes over the society of today and makes you think how we are destroying the planet. Tally is a very likeable character who you might not be able to relate to but she guides you through her life very openly. I highly recomend it. Liz~ 5/5 is my rating of the book and I am very excited for the next ones.
Date published: 2005-04-26

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Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld
Contribution by Rodrigo Corral

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.17 in

Published: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689865384

ISBN - 13: 9780689865381

About the Book

In Tally's world, one's 16th birthday brings an operation that transforms them from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Tally wants to turn into a Pretty, but her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, the authorities give Tally a terrible choice.

Read from the Book

From Part 1: Turning Pretty Is it not good to make society full of beautiful people? --Yang Yuan, quoted in The New York Times New Pretty Town The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit. Of course, Tally thought, you''d have to feed your cat only salmon-flavored cat food for a while, to get the pinks right. The scudding clouds did look a bit fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind. As the light faded, deep blue gaps of night peered through like an upside-down ocean, bottomless and cold. Any other summer, a sunset like this would have been beautiful. But nothing had been beautiful since Peris turned pretty. Losing your best friend sucks, even if it''s only for three months and two days. Tally Youngblood was waiting for darkness. She could see New Pretty Town through her open window. The party towers were already lit up, and snakes of burning torches marked flickering pathways through the pleasure gardens. A few hot-air balloons pulled at their tethers against the darkening pink sky, their passengers shooting safety fireworks at other balloons and passing parasailers. Laughter and music skipped across the water like rocks thrown with just the right spin, their edges just as sharp against Tally''s nerves. Around the outskirts of the city, cut off from town by the black oval of the river, everything was in darkness. Everyone ugly was in bed by now. Tally took off her interface ring and said, "Good night." "Sweet dreams, Tally," said the room. She chewed up a tooth
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Born in Dallas, TX, in 1963, Scott Westerfeld was born the youngest of three children. Westerfeld grew up in several states due to his father's career as a computer programmer for Univac. He graduated from Vassar in 1985 with a degree in philosophy. Before becoming a full time writer, Westerfeld held several jobs including factory worker, software designer, editor, and substitute teacher. He currently resides in New York and Australia with his wife, Justine Larbalestier.

Bookclub Guide

Uglies/Pretties/Specials

by Scott Westerfeld

About the Books

Living in a future where sixteen-year-olds are surgically transformed from "uglies" to "pretties," Tally Youngblood struggles with a choice: to become beautiful and content forever, or to leave the world she knows and keep her own face. Tally''s decisions bring her to both locations as well as others she''d never dreamed of, but they also get her in and out of trouble, and force her to grow and change and learn. Westerfeld''s books have won many nominations and awards as well as a huge fan following of teens everywhere. Uglies was named a 2006 Best Book for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Discussion Topics

On your sixteenth birthday, how would you feel about being forced to have the surgery to become pretty? Would you feel like Tally -- looking forward to being beautiful and bubbly -- or like Shay -- wanting to escape the surgery and stay ugly, but remain herself? If your best friend asked you to not have the surgery, what do think you would have chosen to do?

What elements of the Smoke remind you of a camping trip you''ve taken or one you''ve seen on TV or in a movie? What advice would you give the Smokies about living in the wild?

Tally has three important guys in her life: Peris, David and Zane. How does her relationship with each of the three effect her decisions at different points in the story? Which of the three do you think made the greatest impact on Tally?

Compare Tally''s society with our society today. What are the similarities between Dr. Cable''s controls and our own government? Just as Tally and her friends were brought up learning about the failure of the Rusties'' society, what lessons can be learned from the future portrayed in the series?

The author created new worlds, new technology and new language for the books. Which location -- New Pretty Town, the Smoke, or Diego -- would you want to make your home? Which of Tally''s futuristic possessions -- a hoverboard, a sneak suit, SpagBol -- would you like to own? What were your favorite slang words in the series?

What do you think was the pivotal point in each of the three books? What would you change about them?

What are Tally''s strongest assets and her tragic flaws? What about Shay? David? Zane?

Is Dr.Cable a protagonist or an antagonist? At what points in the series does she seem more good than evil or more evil than good? Does she have the best interests of the people of Pretty Town at heart or is she simply trying to gain power and prestige?

If the Uglies series was made into a movie, who would you cast to play the part of Tally? Shay? David? Zane? Peris? Dr. Cable? Where in the world do you think it should be filmed? Who would be the best director for this project?

Who was your favorite character in the series? How did you feel about how they ended up at the end of Specials? Which character do you think is the most like you or your friends?

Imagine that David decided to live in the city of Diego. What challenges would he face there, having grown up in the wild? What would a day in the life of David in Diego be like? Do you think he''d get used to his new life, or decide to return to his old one?

Where do you see Tally two years after the end of Specials? How about Shay? Peris? What do you think Pretty Town and Diego would be like two years later?

Activities

Design your own hoverboard. First make a blueprint including what kinds of gadgets you would include in its secret compartments, then make a prototype using cardboard, paper towel rolls, markers, etc.

Act out a scene from one of the books. Assign parts to each participant and choose your favorite scene -- maybe Tally''s first trip to New Pretty Town to visit Peris, the invasion of the Smoke by Special Circumstances, or the destruction of the Armory.

Put a pretty spin on a sport (think about the suspended ice skating rink in Pretties) and come up with your own bubbly rules and regulations.

Put yourself in Dr. Cable''s shoes. Take turns telling the Specials story from her point of view and include what you think her motives were behind her actions in the previous two books.

Design your own Smoke fashions, Diego surge or sneak suits. What materials found in the wild could you use to fit in at the Smoke? In Diego, would you have a snake for a pinky? How would you use your sneak suit in your everyday life?

Debate the benefits of Pretty Town versus the Smoke versus Diego. Form three teams -- one pro-Diego, one pro-Smoke and one pro-Pretty Town -- and discuss the positives and negatives of each.

Look at the covers of Uglies, Pretties and Specials. Then re-draw your own version of each of the covers highlighting your favorite scene from each book.

Appropriate for ages: 12

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