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Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1) (edition 2005)

by Scott Westerfeld, Rodrigo Corral (Designer)

Series: Uglies (1)

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Title:Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1)
Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Other authors:Rodrigo Corral (Designer)
Info:Simon Pulse (2005), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, bildungsroman, science fiction

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Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (elephantshoe, liberlibri, electronicmemory)
    elephantshoe: futuristic world again, but the teens have to compete and fight to the death in a televised reality show.
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    The Giver by Lois Lowry (KamTonnes)
    KamTonnes: Uglies and The Giver both portray societies that limit conflict by having very specific rules, roles, and expectations for everyone. Also, in both stories, the main characters slowly start to question the values of their respective communities.
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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TheBentley)
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    Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (flemmily)
    flemmily: Very similar heroines in similarly closed-off, oppressive worlds. Similar emphasis on an unknown "outside." Similar environmental emphasis, although Westerfeld focuses more on nature, whereas Snyder deals more with issues of population control.
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    PamFamilyLibrary: An intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
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    Delirium by Lauren Oliver (LauraT81, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    LauraT81: Very similar dystopian societies where an operation is meant to subdue the members.
    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these intense dystopian novels, teenage girls start to question the life-changing operation their oppressive government mandates for teens. Both girls redefine their values and grapple with the possibility of escaping to a rebellious colony in the wilderness.… (more)
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    KingRat: The White Mountains contains issues similar to those of Uglies: secret control of a society, "mind control", induction into that society, and rebellion against it while pretending to be a member. There are obvious major differences too. Still, enough similarities in style and substance that I suspect people who enjoy one will enjoy the other.… (more)
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    Gamers by Thomas K. Carpenter (terriko)
    terriko: Great teen fiction! Gamers posits a world where everyone competes using games to define their future, while Uglies posits a world where everyone becomes pretty at 16. While these are pretty different worlds, both books chronicle stories of heroines not going quite where their society expects them to go...… (more)
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    The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (2Mu)
    2Mu: Similar theme: A girl lives in a brainwashing, conformist society. A group of rebels knows the truth and is trying to break the control of those in power. The girl must choose between what she's been raised to think and the people she cares about/what she knows to be true.… (more)
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This novel portrayed the same themes as The Giver but in a way that was more interesting and digestible for my students. While the major plot events captured my attention, the suspenseful get-aways and travel sequences bored me. I'm not thrilled that it ends in a cliffhanger that makes the story totally dependent on the sequel, (I preferred Twilight's ability to stand alone on its own merit, even though it was part of a larger series), and I think I'd rather read a plot summary of how this turns out in the next two books. I'm interested, but not enough to invest my time into reading the whole books. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
My favorite thing about dystopian fiction is their ability to give me a different perspective on our world, culture, and society. Dystopian novels push me to really consider the world that we live in and see a little bit of our reality in the dystopian world, to see the potential for what our world could become. Uglies is one of those novels... one that made me really think about some fundamental issues that are present in our own culture.

Every dystopian world is a the result of a utopian effort to eliminate those things considered to be detrimental to society. For the world of Uglies, that is nonconformity and extremes. Set about three hundered years in the future, the world is otherworldly high-tech and the government provides everything to its people, even the extreme cosmetic surgery that is a major part of it's culture. At 16, each person receives cosmetic surgery that transforms them from an "ugly" to a "pretty." Prior to surgery, each person can choose what their future self will look like within the governmentally mandated standards of beauty. The lines between ugly and pretty are not just visual, but physical as well. Once transformed, new pretties cross the river to live in beautiful condominiums where, for the time being, their only job is to be beautiful and to have fun. Later, they will have other operations in conjunctiuon with the passage of time. Eventually they will have surgery to turn them into "Middle Pretties," those who are adults with jobs. And later they move on to become "Crumblies," our senior citizens.

Tally Youngblood is the protagonist, about to turn 16 and looking forward toi her operation. Her best friend Peris has already had his operation and she is feeling the strain that comes between Pretties and Uglies. Shortly before she has her operation, she meets Shay, another Ugly. They become fast friends, hoverboarding and pulling the pranks that are a part of Ugly tradition. Shay is different from anyone she has ever known, balking against the surgery. Tally ignores that, but is forced to deal with it when Shay runs away just before their shared birthday. When she goes, she leaves Tally a note with cryptic directions that she doesn't initially understand. On the morning of her surgery, Tally is taken instead to Special Circumstances... a paramilitary division of the government that enforces the rules. There she is given an ulitmatum to give up Shay or never get her surgery to become a Pretty. This is the motivation behind the plot of the novel as Tally discovers things about herself, about her friends, about the world, and about her own feelings.

This is a character-driven novel with important themes to consider. The concept of identity is a big part of the storyline. The government has created and mandated these surgeries in order to create conformity. Extreme individuality is considered to be a disruptive aspect of past societies, creating a standard of appearance that even removes racial markers. Beauty is dictated by those standards, a nod to the image-obsessed society that we now live in. But beauty almost loses its meaning among the Pretties, when everyone is beautiful. Uglies think of themselves as almost temporary, fUlawed. After all, they will be "fixed" when they turn 16. Even the personalities and personal dynamics change when they move from Ugly to Pretty, underlying the idea that we are defined by our appearance.

The characters are well-developed and easily relatable in different ways. Because of the wide range of characters along the Ugly-Pretty spectrum, there were lots of perspectives and thoughts about the world. Some of the characters made you really think about the choices you might make for yiourself if in their position. There are undoubtedly things that are tempting about the Pretty part of society, but at the same time, the implications are frightening. And there are just as many things that are tempting about remaining Ugly (our own reality), as well as the sacrifices.

My Recommendation: This is a fantastic example of dystopian literature, a world with both utopian and dystopian elements. The implications of a world like the one in this book are a little scary, particularly when compared to the world and culture we live in today. Fantastic read that will make you think! ( )
  Kiki870 | Jul 15, 2015 |

Un libro genial AUNQUE no excelente .

Las primeras 100 pàginas fueron bastante pesadas y lentas : todo lo que pasa en ellas es lo que la sipnosis resume en dos pàrrafos ; asì que , mientras leìa los capìtulos y esperaba que finalmente sucediera lo que anunciaba la contratapa , me aburrì y varias veces estuve a punto de abandonar .

Es màs o menos lo que te pasa cuando miràs el trailer de una peli ; es decir , la propaganda te cuenta en cinco minutos absolutamente todo lo que va a pasar : el inicio , el conflicto , el climax y por poco la resoluciòn . Cuando te sentàs a mirarla al fin , ya sabès todo y , a veces , el trailer te termina pareciendo màs emocionante que la pelicula .

Claro que no fue tan asì con UGLIES . Lo que pasa despuès de lo anunciado es lo mejor . Es una novela impredecible y angustiante . Muy entretenida y eso es màs que nada gracias a la maravillosa protagonista.

¿Maravillosa digo? Màs bien , NORMAL .

Tally no tiene nada de especial . No es mitad vampiro ni mitad bestia ; no tiene el don de leer las mentes ni brillar al sol como diamante ; no tiene ideologìa ni valentìa para saltar de los edificios ; Tally no es una guerrera con fuerzas sobrehumanas . Tally es Tally nada màs . Es una piba de 15 años que sueña con convertirse en PERFECTA . Es esa su ùnica ambiciòn en la vida . Quiere que le hagan las cirugìas correspondientes para ser hermosa y vivir de fiesta en fiesta y de amores en amores con amigos igualmente perfectos . Con esa ambiciòn la criaron y con esa amibiciòn vivirà .

No quiero contarles màs - para què , total la sipnosis ya arruina la trama lo sufuiciente .

Voy a agregar èsto nomàs : lo genial de la novela , ademàs del suspenso , la acciòn interminable y las novedades , es Tally . Una piba normal cuya ùnica distinciòn entre el resto de la gente de su mundo , o sea , lo ùnico que la hace especial en la trama , es que le toca ser amiga de SHAY . Y es Shay la realmente "especial" , la frutilla de la torta , quien ata el nudo y hace compleja la trama . En otro libro , quizà serìa ella la protagonista . Suyos los hombros donde recaen los problemas ; ella , lo suficientemente inteligente para darse cuenta que no todo lo que te enseñan en la escuela es la verdad absoluta ; ella quien se enamorarìa y sobre quien dependerìa la salvaciòn del mundo .

Sin embargo , como nuestra protagonista es Tally , todo dependerà de ella . Y ahì està la novedad . Ahì lo que diferencia a esta novela de la clàsica trama . Porque a Tally no le interesa la revoluciòn . Y todo lo que haga a partir del nudo serà lo emocionante , lo novedoso y lo impredecible . Y ahì està la verdadera valentìa .Nada màs interesante que ver a un personaje que se descubre a sì mismo y al cual desentrañamos pàgina por pàgina sin estar seguros de que harà a continuaciòn . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen. In just a few weeks she'll undergo the operation that will turn her pretty and she will be able to rejoin her best friend. Tired of being ugly she's ready to grow up. That is until she meets her new friend Shay, another girl her age who wants to run away. Why would someone want to never be pretty?

Uglies is the first in the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. The world is our own set several hundred years in the future. Something happened to cause a massive global die off and the survivors rebuilt cities that use technology to live more in harmony with nature. I enjoyed Westerfeld's world building. The cities have their own culture and slang that's easy to catch on to.

I can see how this book would be appealing to young girls. Everyone wants to be pretty, go to the parties and fit in. This novel takes that premise and gives it a nice twist. Tally is a fairly typical teen. She's a clever young girl that likes to pull pranks and tricks during the lead up to her birthday. Meeting Shay completely turns her life upside down as she begins to consider why someone might not want to turn pretty. Tally begins to think independently for the first time. It's a good coming of age story combined with an interesting take on society's obsession with appearance.

I quite enjoyed this book and plan to finish the series. ( )
1 vote Narilka | May 13, 2015 |
I was surprised, this book is a lot better than I thought it would be. It still isn't great. This book came out at just the right time when the young adult dystopian genera was starting to trend. It's not particularly well written and doesn't have much depth, but it is a mildly original storyline. I will not be continuing with the series. However, young readers might enjoy it as an introduction to the genera. ( )
  ladonna37 | May 11, 2015 |
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The Uglies books are the perfect parables of adolescent life, where adult-imposed milestones, rituals, and divide-and-rule tactics amp children's natural adolescent insecurities into a full-blown, decade-long psychosis.
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Part I: Turning Pretty

Is it not good to make society full of beautiful people?

- Yang Yuan, quoted in The New York Times
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The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
Part II: The Smoke

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."

- Francis Bacon, Essays, Civil and Moral, "Of Beauty"
Part III: Into the Fire

Beauty is that Medusa's head

Which men go armed to seek and sever.

It is most deadly when most dead,

And dead will stare and sting forever.

- Archibald MacLeish, "Beauty"
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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.
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Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

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Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

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