UGLIES T1 by Scott WesterfeldUGLIES T1 by Scott Westerfeld


byScott Westerfeld

Paperback | April 11, 2011 | French

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Title:UGLIES T1Format:PaperbackDimensions:7.5 × 4.2 × 1.75 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Pocket JeunesseLanguage:French

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ISBN - 10:2266214268

ISBN - 13:9782266214261


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Convincing Novel At first, it seemed sort of like a fairy-tale to me (which I do not prefer) thus, I was a bit reluctant to read it, but as I continued I found it really insightful. The novel is set three hundred years from now, in a conceptual society where everyone who turns sixteen-years-old undergoes a cosmetic surgery that makes them beautiful or “Pretty”. The protagonist, Tally Youngblood is almost sixteen and she cannot keep her patience. Her best friend, Peris has already undergone the operation and now lives with the rest of the pretties, in Pretty Town where all one does is party. Later on, Tally befriends Shay who perceives being pretty as something unfortunate. Hence, she tries to convince Tally that there is more to life than just being pretty. Shay tells Tally about this secret settlement “The Smoke” where “rebels” or people who do not want to get the operation live. So basically a normal human is considered “ugly” in this particular society. The government with the help of scientists saved the world from destruction (dystopia) that was previously happening. As a result, they developed a new style of living (utopia), creating peace and equality through surgical means. So Tally lets Shay go alone to the Smoke while she goes to get the operation done like everyone else. At this point Tally naively does a huge mistake, where she ends up wedged in between two worlds. The “Special Circumstances” (or the government), as their responsibility keep track of the population so obviously they know who goes missing (like Shay), but they do not know where they go. Once they know someone is missing, they try their best to get them back. Therefore, because Tally knew Shay the most, she was put aside from her operation and kind of forced to seizure Shay and the rest of the rebels from the Smoke. If she chose not to, then she would not get her operation and be ugly forever. As desperate as Tally is to turn pretty, she does not want to betray her dear friend Shay by turning her in to the Special Circumstances. Tally’s struggles are relatable to any teenager out there; relationships, distrust, and confusion, which are evident throughout the novel. With her dream of becoming pretty somewhat crushed and being alienated as the only sixteen-year-old in “Uglyville”, she needs to find a way out and quickly. There is a whole lot more to this novel, and the process of how the protagonist discovers new secrets about the bad in being pretty and the true meaning of life. I could blabber on and on about this novel, but I do not want to give everything away, so perhaps I should let you figure out the rest of it. The ending of the book kind of leaves you hanging by a thread, with a new beginning that carries on to the second novel of the trilogy: “Pretties”. Honestly, this book kept me on the edge of my seat until the final pages, and I am definitely considering the whole series. Throughout the novel you will realize how simplicity, deception over reality, appearance, identity, and humanity all collaborate in making this book so genuine. I would say this book is a mixture of both dystopia and utopia because a utopian society arises from a dystopian society in the first place. Initially, the “Uglyville” is a dystopian society where humanity hates its own self. On the other hand, “Pretty Town” is a utopian society due to the morality and perfection the pretties possess; there is no necessity to be immoral in such a society. The prophecy illustrated by Scott Westerfeld makes it one of the unique novels I have read so far. I absolutely recommend this book & its series to anyone who is looking for a fantasy with a touch of reality.
Date published: 2013-04-16