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Uglies (Uglies Quartet) by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies (Uglies Quartet) (edition 2006)

by Scott Westerfeld

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.
Title:Uglies (Uglies Quartet)
Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's (2006), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:borrowed, read 2009, ya, sci-fi

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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This series has some of the YA dystopia tropes at play but overall its pretty (haha) original and engaging. I think Westerfeld writes teenagers well and I like the way most of his scifi tech tracks with our current technology. Some of it is a bit out there of course, but it feels relatively within the realm of possibility. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 28, 2021 |
I would give this book a 3.25. Throughout the 1st half of this book, I thought of DNFing it several times. I just wasn't getting that into it. It just seemed very shallow. I asked someone who read it if it gets better and they told me it did, so I kept going. As the book went on, it did in fact get better but not enough to get a higher rating. It was just ok. It's about this world where everyone is considered Ugly until they turn 16 at which time they can have surgery to become a Pretty. Tally is ready to become a Pretty, but when her friend Shay runs away, Tally is denied the surgery unless she helps them find Shay. Only thing is that once Tally finds Shay and learns a few things about what's really going on, she doesn't think she really wants to become a Pretty after all. It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't great either. It felt very thin and kind of weak to me. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Uglies and Specials were my favorite out of the series.
I love the world Scott Westerfeld built and the plot was interesting. ( )
  DoomLuz | Jul 20, 2021 |
First book of a really well done YA series. I read all but the fourth book, Extras. Intriguing set-up and interesting commentary on our ideas of beauty, conformity, and the wisdom of social engineering. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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
Pelleteri, CarissaCover artistsecondary 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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