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Uglies (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies (The Uglies) (edition 2011)

by Scott Westerfeld

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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)
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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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    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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    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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    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 read this book along with a student I tutor for her summer reading assignment. It has been on my TBR list forever. I was pretty disappointed at first. I knew going in it was written over a decade ago, so it would be a bit dated for a dystopian, but I was anxious to see how Westerfeld led the movement. The beginning was super slow and very superficial. If it had not been required reading, I would have put it down. Glad I did not. The story and characters actually fleshed out a bit and became multidimensional. I found myself picking it up whenever I had a few minutes and ended up reading ahead of my student. It is not the best in the genre but definitely worth the read time:) Overall I liked it for an older book. ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
The Uglies was a very good young adult novel. It was well written for an audience of 11 - 14. It had a very good story line and theme to it, however, it wasn't very subtle. It basically outright stated the theme several times: Your inner beauty is what matters. It is still a very good novel. A fun read!
It's just that it's directed towards a younger audience, and I'm not used to reading at that level so it seemed to fall kind of short. However, after I sat back and thought about the novel I could really appreciate the message, characters, and setting that had been portrayed. Tally's character development is excellent, and you can tell that by the end of the novel she is a completely different person with very different values.
While I may not read the next books in the series, I may return to reread this first one. Quite a good book. ( )
1 vote sasta | Feb 1, 2017 |
Uglies is a great read for young adults interested in science fiction and dystopian worlds. Tally Youngbood, the protagonist, is gutsy, appealing and intelligent. One dilemma Tally faces is whether to become a "Pretty", party endlessly and reunite with her former best friend, Peris. This dilemma is juxtaposed with Tally's desire to jrun away with her new friend to join a rogue community outside her city.

Westerfeld brings a fresh perspective and insights into the questions of inner beauty vs. external beauty, what it means to belong to a community, and the role government can play in controlling its citizens.

This book could be a great addition to a science fiction lit class. It could also fit into a study of government and government control. It could be used in a wellness/health class as a catalyst for societal expectations of beauty, and how society defines and exploits beauty. Finally, I would recommend this book to library patrons interested in YA science fiction with a compelling main character. ( )
  mcintorino | Jan 25, 2017 |
This is definitely written for a younger audience than me, but I really enjoyed it. When the people from the smoke left all their shoes, I teared up. And wow at the ending. I'm definitely going to continue. 4.4 stars ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Brief Summary: First book in a series about Tally as she is coming of age and begins to learn the truth about what life as a Pretty really means.
Why I loved it: Points out the brain development of studetns at this age where they are concerned with how they look and compare themselves to others.
How to use in a classroom: Uglies is a lot about personal identity and personal perception on what makes a desirable society. Reading will allow us to unpack these ideas and discuss about real-life issues.

Award & Description: 2006 Best Books for Young Adults
Book Citation (APA): Westerfeld, S. (2011). Uglies. New York: Simon Pulse. ( )
  meganconser | Nov 28, 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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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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