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Uglies (The Uglies) (edition 2011)

by Scott Westerfeld

Series: Uglies (1)

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Member:erinmcewen
Title:Uglies (The Uglies)
Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Info:Simon Pulse (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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Uglies 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)
  4. 60
    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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    Matched by Ally Condie (kqueue)
    kqueue: Another story about a 'perfect' society that is deeply flawed once you look beneath the surface. Both feature strong heroines who fight against the powers in control, and both have themes of independence and free will.
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    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (goodiegoodie)
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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)
  8. 50
    Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: An intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
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    Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
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    Specials by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
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    Skinned by Robin Wasserman (Phantasma)
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    The White Mountains by John Christopher (KingRat)
    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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    Feed by M. T. Anderson (jbarry, liberlibri)
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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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I really liked Westerfeld's writing style -- for someone who has outgrown the vapid and often shallow material that comes through in teen novels, he manages to take a great idea, a relatively complex and engaging plot, and not dumb it down, but still make it accessible to both young and older adults alike.

The story itself kept up a good pace, which I liked. As I approached the end, I found myself flipping through pages just to see what was going to happen next. A little section in the middle (probably a couple of chapters) move a little slow as they are void of any real dialogue, but other than that, this was a pretty interesting read. The thing that makes this book interesting, other than the writing, is that it draws on some very current issues, such as plastic surgery as a quick fix to low self-esteem, society's obsession with perfection, and the irresponsible use of technology. Readers can relate to these themes, and this makes the read that much more engaging. You won't be dragging your feet reading this one!

I would definitely recommend this as carefree afternoon read. I'm reading the sequel to this next! ( )
  meowism | May 17, 2016 |
This story has an interesting premise. Change society by making people pretty, effectively removing many human traits from people, mainly discord and fights. Everyone is beautiful. Or so we thought. There are people out there who do not have this operation. People who live on the outside. People no one was supposed to know about. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
The main character, Tally, is excited to be turning sixteen. She will undergo extensive plastic surgery to make her pretty and that will catapult Tally into a world where all she has to do is have fun. But Tally's friend,Shay, does not want to become pretty and she runs away. As Tally learns more about the pretties, she too is not so sure that she wants to become pretty. The authorities insist that Tally find Shay and turn her in or she will never be made pretty. Tally makes a choice that changes her live forever. This novel is a good example of conformity and the status quo. The social expectations for women is that they will be perfect, particularly in physical appearance. I would use this novel in a unit that explores gender roles and the coercive nature of media and advertising regarding beauty. Specifically, this novel dovetails well with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. VIDEO "Dove Evolution" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U
  sgemmell | Apr 19, 2016 |
I really really enjoyed reading this book. The depth behind the plot is like no other that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The moral of the story is that everyone is pretty in their own way and people can not just see one aspect of a person and judge them. This story is incredibly relatable. I also love how Westerfield broke down this story. There are 3 parts, which follow a classic novel structure. It is extremely easy to follow along and for that I applaud Westerfield. Finally, the most admirable thing about this book is the build up. One never knows what is going to happen when reading this novel. For example, who is going to end up a "pretty".. Read to find out!! ( )
  lhutch3 | Apr 18, 2016 |
This book was an interesting take on the issues of conformity and ideals of beauty. It follows the life of a girl, Tally, who lives hundreds of years in the future. She lives in an age of apparent peace, where the world's problems are said to have been solved by the advent of a tradition: at the age of 16, people go through intensive surgery to essentially standardize their looks. However, everything is not as it seems when Tally comes face to face with the other side of the equation: a community of people who reject society's ideals and have chosen to live completely apart from it.
This book is a well-written and intriguing example of science fiction, as it immerses the reader in both the technology of the future and a harkening back to how things are for us today.
Uses: I would have really, really enjoyed this book as a young teenager. It is a great blend of literary goodness and a challenging of norms. I look forward to having this on my choice book list when I teach English to middle schoolers!
  meggienell | Apr 15, 2016 |
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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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Corral, RodrigoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Part I: Turning Pretty

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

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:03 -0400)

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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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