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by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Uglies (1)

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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.
  1. 352
    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.
  2. 220
    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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    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.
  4. 80
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (TheBentley)
  5. 70
    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. 70
    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (goodiegoodie)
  7. 70
    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. 71
    Specials by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
  9. 60
    Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: An intelligent, quickly paced YA dystopia.
  10. 71
    Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
  11. 40
    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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    Skinned by Robin Wasserman (Phantasma)
  13. 31
    Extras by Scott Westerfeld (ysar)
  14. 20
    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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    Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (clif_hiker)
  16. 20
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (Anonymous user)
  17. 20
    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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    XVI by Julia Karr (JoriPie)
    JoriPie: Similar Plots
  19. 21
    Feed by M. T. Anderson (jbarry, liberlibri)
  20. 00
    The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian (sturlington)

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This was a wonderful first novel in Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series and a delightful, quick read. I was completely enthralled by the notion of a futuristic society wherein they've "resolved" the "problem" of physical unattractiveness. On top of that concept, inherently intriguing, is the rebellion that ruffles the feathers of these "perfect" societies. Although this is a YA book, it has a broader range of appeal to all ages. ( )
  avanders | Nov 28, 2023 |
I've read this before, but never finished the series. Am now "reading" the audio version. Fantastic. Loved it. Can't wait to read more of this classic dystopian story of what if we all turned (were made) pretty (biologically "perfect") at 16 ... ( )
  avanders | Nov 28, 2023 |
This was a re-read for a challenge. I loved this book the first time I read it and I wasn't disappointed the second time. Even better I borrowed all 4 in the series for isolife. I like this series better than The Hunger Games and oh how I wish someone would make this into a mini-series. 5 stars! ( )
  secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
For all the crap reviews I'd read about this series, I have to say I loved it. Not only was it an enjoyable, fast-paced read, but it was incredibly entertaining and gave me more world and character-building than I have learned to hope for in dystopian trilogies. It isn't mind-blowingly deep or incredibly well-written, but it's a good, solid story that I blew right through... sure sign of something good!

If you like dystopias and aren't super PC in your criticism, definitely give this one a go. Could it be deeper? Yeah. But it's supposed to be entertaining, not life-changing. I'll be lucky if I can write a book half as fun to read someday. ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
I spaced this was a YA book when I began reading it and that really changed my expectations. Decent story and quick read. I think if I had read this when I was younger it would have been impactful but the big ideas and overall themes I have come across before. Not a bad story but I would have rated it higher when I was younger. It decent enough that I will likely continue the series at some point this year. ( )
  mindrot | Aug 22, 2023 |
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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.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Jan 1, 2006)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scott Westerfeldprimary authorall editionscalculated
Corral, RodrigoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaskoll, YaffaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montbertrand, CarineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelleteri, CarissaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tremaine, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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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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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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Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. 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 a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever....
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