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Beauty reigns supreme in ‘Uglies’

In Sci-Fi, YA Lit on January 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

Uglies

Title: Uglies (Book One of The Uglies Trilogy)

Authors: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Sci-Fi/Young Adult

Rating: **/****

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I have to say that I liked the premise of a world where no physical imperfection will hold you back in life, because every person receives an operation when they are sixteen to change them from an ugly to a pretty.  Even natural pretties, if they do exist, would not have an advantage over the former uglies who were surgically enhanced.  The book centers around the character of Tally, a fifteen year old girl living hundreds of years in the future, who has just lost a friend to New Pretty Town.  Her friend, Peris, turned sixteen three months before she, so he has been living a new life in New Pretty Town filling his life with social events, new friends, & has forgotten to write/see her once he had surgery.

When Tally sneaks into New Pretty Town to visit Peris, she is amazed by his beauty, but notices that his personality has changed.  He’s no longer the friend who would pull pranks & make fun of new pretties for their mindless ways.  In fact, his whole opinion has changed about being pretty & even though he is still friends with Tally, he makes their relationship contingent upon her getting surgery.  I guess even in a world where you are told past early childhood that you’re ugly, you would still be a little shocked as Tally was when Peris made his sentiments clear.  She had to be pretty to be his friend & he would see her after the operation.  Crazy!

Not to give much of the book away, but as we see from the first episode in New Pretty Town, Tally begins to realize, rather slowly, that there is more to being pretty than having your face & body changed.  Maybe all the science & biological reasoning behind becoming pretty is skewed, in hopes of  achieving a common goal outside of making everybody HOT!

The series starts off slowly, that’s why I give it two stars, but it does pick up towards the end. I’ll be reading the rest of the series as time/interest allows.

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Read more about the Uglies Trilogy here:

http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/books/uglies.htm

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