Book Title: Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 3rd 2011
Series: 1st in a 4 Book Series – Continue the series with Pretties, Specials and Extras!
Summary (via IndieBound):
The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience.
Tally’s adventures begin in Uglies, where she learns the truth about what life as a Pretty really means. She rebels against the surgery that will make her a Pretty, but ultimately succumbs. In Pretties, Tally has forgotten all about her Ugly life, and when she’s reminded, she has a hard time listening. And what little’s left of the old Tally is further compromised in Specials, because Tally has been transformed into a fierce fighting machine. But when she’s offered a chance to forever improve civilization, will she be able to overcome her brainwashing? The answer is evident years later in Extras, after the Pretty regime has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. But fame and popularity can be just as dangerous as extreme beauty….
Tally Youngblood lives in a society where everyone is born ‘ugly’. When you come of age and turn sixteen you undergo the process to be made ‘pretty’. Tally has been looking forward to this day her whole life but when her best friend Shay runs away to a rebel settlement, Tally is forced to make a choice. She must either find and betray her best friend by turning her and the rest of the settlement over to the authorities or never become ‘pretty’ and remain ‘ugly’ for the rest of her life. However, once outside of the authorities control and within the rebel settlements territory her eyes are opened to another way of life. Now she is questioning everything that she was raised to believe in and the very rules and authority that bind her government and society together. Tally goes on a journey of self discovery and must make an even greater choice than before: continue on with the ways of her government as she has always known them to be or stand up and fight along with the rebel settlement for change. Scott Westerfelds Uglies is a page turner that you won’t want to put down.
Overall, the novel is very thought-provoking. It challenges what it means to be beautiful and the cost of attaining such desires. The novel takes some very dark turns when looking in on the society of this fictional world and the standards in which they live by. The ways in which this society works will leave you in wonder all while being appalled and slightly disturbed. This was an excellent book to challenge your views and the way you see not only yourself but the society around you. I also think that this is an amazing book for any young reader who might be having issues with how they look or feel about themselves in comparison to ‘societies’ standard.