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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
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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    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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    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.
  6. 50
    Delirium by Lauren Oliver (LauraT81)
    LauraT81: Very similar dystopian societies where an operation is meant to subdue the members.
  7. 61
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    PamFamilyLibrary: An intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
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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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    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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  englisherna | Apr 8, 2015 |
Rather like the 3rd Reich, Hitler, totalitarianism,Reynold Heidrich and the "Special Cases" (gestapo like) department set in a dystopian future when looks count for everything, and those who don't fit in are a public enemy. And all the good guys ride amazing hover boards. Interesting but I don't love it.

In short,far too many hovercrafts. ( )
  912greens | Mar 11, 2015 |
I didn't think I would enjoy this book. It's not an idea that really appeals to me. I mean, I was never that ugly as a kid. So, I never really hoped to be beautiful. Maybe it's a girl thing.

But what got me in this book, was the amazing sci-fi world this author has created. In his Uglies future, the supermodels of our current era are thought of as ugly. I can't even imagine what the supermodels of their era look like.

But it's not just that. It's all the tech that he's created for this book that's fascinating. How they make people Pretty. The so-called side effects of it. The food, the clothes, the toys, even the transportation, is new tech that I've never heard of. Absolutely amazing.

That being said, the plot in this book is way too convenient. I mean, does this girl really even want to be Pretty? I don't fucking know. Nobody knows. But she betrays her best friend, and an entire society just so she could be Pretty. What the fuck? Seriously? How does that make any sense at all?

Yeah, okay. At the beginning, it was pretty obvious that Tally desperately wanted to be pretty. But then, she met Shay, who showed her why she should stay the way she is. It's cool to be different. You have character, and all that good stuff that makes you who you are.

But as soon as there's a reason to stay Ugly, she goes off and betrays her friend, and all of the rebels, just to have a chance at being Pretty. Yes, okay, she does regret that, after a bit, but still... What the fuck?

Oh nevermind. I just remembered that these are teenagers we're talking about here. The perfect reason to write Young Adult fiction. Being a teenager conveniently explains just about anything.

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  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
Tally has always wanted to be pretty. In this book she meets a friend, Shae that does not want to be pretty. Shae goes off to live in the Smoke. Tally is made to be a spy and go after her. She ends up becoming pretty.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
In Tally’s world fitting in is not an option. At 12 everyone goes to live in ‘Uglyville’, they live in dorms until they are 16, then they have the operation that turns them pretty so they can live in ‘New Pretty Town’. In New Pretty Town everyone is pretty and the only thing they have to do is have a good time. In three weeks Tally will be sixteen. Her best friend just became pretty and while waiting, Tally meets a new ugly, Shay, and they become friends.

Shay isn’t sure she wants to become pretty. Since she doesn’t have a choice, she runs away to the outside to a place with others who didn’t turn pretty. Tally stays behind, on the day of her sixteenth birthday, she learns just how serious the authorities are about everyone turning pretty. She is given a choice, track down Shay and the others to turn them in, or stay ugly forever.

This world Tally lives in is set hundreds of years in the future, everyone wears a tracking devise, there are hover boards and hover cars, electronic sensors on everything. Everything is closely regulated, the current rulers don’t want humanity to destroy the world, which is what almost happened in the past. But as in every civilization, there are those that rebel, and those that want to squash the rebellion. It is the age old battle of the little man against impossible odds. It is also a story of manipulation and treachery and a teenager faced with an impossible choice, a decision that could change her and her world forever.

I would put this book in the category of fantasy, the characters were well developed and the story moved along at a good pace, it kept my attention from start to finish. The twists in the story line were not unbelievable and at times expected. While not quite a 4-star book it was definitely better then 3 and I would recommend it. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 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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Corral, RodrigoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaskoll, YaffaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montbertrand, CarineNarratorsecondary 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
First words
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
Quotations
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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see what happens to Tally in book #2
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689865384, Paperback)

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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:43 -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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