Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Science Fiction/Young Adult
Series: The Uglies series
Tally Youngblood is close to her sixteenth birthday. On that day, she will undergo the procedure that will turn her from an Ugly into a Pretty, and will become popular and get to enjoy the luxuries of being a Pretty. But her friend, Shay, isn’t sure she wants to be a Pretty and runs away. Tally is forced to make a choice – give Shay up to the authorities… or face being Ugly for life.
This book was a huge deal – I heard about the ‘Uglies’ series everywhere. So finally I thought “Well, might as well read it” after I read Leviathan.
It was actually surprisingly good. It was fast-paced, enjoyable, and thought-provoking. The only thing I did NOT like was the fact that Scott Westerfeld, who is an Evolutionist, promotes evolution several times very subtly in this book. Also, it’s semi anti-adult – I guess it could be called ‘kids are right, grown-ups are wrong’ but only to a mild extent. There are about three instances of swearing in the book, and it is clean of sexual content (some non-graphic kisses).
I liked it, enough to order “Pretties”, the second book in the series to see how it goes. You never know – sometimes they go downhill. So I’ll be reviewing Pretties after I read it.
3.5 out of 5 stars