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Uglies (The Uglies) (edition 2011)

by Scott Westerfeld

Series: Uglies (1)

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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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    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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    Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: An intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
  7. 61
    Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
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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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    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (goodiegoodie)
  10. 51
    Specials by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
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    Skinned by Robin Wasserman (Phantasma)
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    Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (clif_hiker)
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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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    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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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 |
I wanted to enjoy this book. I mean, a critical look at and deconstruction of our appearance obsessed culture and a dystopian glance at the extremes to which it can be taken - YES PLEASE. As the mother of two very young daughters, my heart withers daily as I see the glorification of impossible beauty standards and the ridicule of those not conforming them, always knowing that this excessive obsession with appearance will damage them, the question is just how much.

However, I'm very sorry to say that I just couldn't get into this book. First off, I found Tally to be completely unsympathetic. While I understand that she is the product of her culture and society (aren't we all?) and I enjoyed her adventurous side, I found her cowardly, untrustworthy and just dull. Maybe if she was just a bit more like her friend, Shay, in the beginning at least asking questions or wondering about the status quo and how it's all supposed to make sense - because it doesn't, not really, how can a society like that function? - before being thrown into a situation where she's shown how it doesn't make sense, I would have felt differently? I can't honestly say.

I also found the plot desperately predictable and unsurprising and the writing mostly uninspiring. While I did enjoy the other characters Tally met during her stay at Smoke (Yay, Croy!) and the conversations with David about appearance, it was all very predictable and formulaic. Even the "shocker" cliffhanger-ish end was something I saw coming from miles away.

I feel bad for giving it only two, but I really just did not enjoy the book at all. ( )
  Leia-Ann | Apr 27, 2015 |
OMG! The book started out a little slow but really picked up a few chapters in. I can't wait to read the next volume (I'm hooked) ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 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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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
First words
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

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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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