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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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    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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Uglies a book by Scott Westerfeld that takes place in the near future where a young adult who goes by the name of Tally Youngblood is excited for the operation that will change her life. In her world, the day you turn sixteen is the day you are permitted to take an operation that will turn you from an immature ugly to a beautiful and mature pretty. Tally's best friend (Peris) has already become pretty as he was about three months older than Tally and she is eager to become pretty so she can meet Peris and associate with him again. There are also many other "rewards" if you will that you get when you receive the operation such as no bed time and free travel in the city. Young uglies have a bed time and are supposed to stay in Uglyville. As you can see, the operation allows everyone to be as pretty as a supermodel and receive many privileges. This seems too good to be true and we find out later in the book that it actually is as the doctors who give you the operation also add things to your brain (lesions) that impact the way you think and act which changes the whole way you look at the operation. Tally has always dreamed of receiving the operation and if she wants to get it, she must complete her mission from Special Circumstances and find the Smoke and help eliminate them. There is only problem, Tally's friend is also at the Smoke and helping Special Circumstances would result in Tally's friend (Shay) most likely getting captured and brought back to the city against her own will. To find out what Tally does to solve all the problems, you should read this book to find out and throughout the story Tally makes new friends and even loses a couple. This book is a must read for people who love books that occur in the future.
  TomasJefferson | Apr 10, 2014 |
Interesting premise, reasonably well executed, a couple of gross science errors were annoying, but other than that quite fun.

Sometime in the future society has collapsed through the overuse of resources, and humanity has survived only in careful cities fully green powered but with ample technology. Social engineering has also taken place, with society carefully structed along age lines. 'Littlies' live with their parents in the suburbs before moving to dorms as teenagers. Here they wait, working and playing tricks for the magical age of 16 when they undergo their first operation to become pretty. When they can finally live properly and party. All of humanity is moulded to fit statistically approved definitions of acceptable appearance and behavior. Unless of course you meet someone who doens't conform. And then you learn about life's Special Circumstances - true the world over, but especially when you're attempting to shape utopia.

It's dissappointing that basic science errors crept in. Gold is not magnetic. It would have been far better if the hover boards had been left as just anti-gravity devices. Trying to explain their power by giving a pseudo-scienctific explanation for it, and then getting it wrong, is far worse. But generally it was fun, plucky kids against the stodgy adults always goes down well. Plot wise there is nothing particularly special here, the usual inept adminsitrators etc. But the social engineering aspect of a future society bares some thinking about.

I'm not sure I'm that bothered about reading the rest of the series, but I probably will if I come across them. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 8, 2014 |
The first and best of the series. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
The first and best of the series. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
I really really enjoyed this book. There was some slow spots, but overall it was a great read. The plot of the story is very interesting and unique. Not sure if I'll read the next books or not yet. Can't imagine a world we everyone is turned into Barbie dolls lol! ( )
  melissapetty10 | Mar 14, 2014 |
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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
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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

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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.… (more)

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