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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Publication Date: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Series: The Uglies Series (Book One)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 448 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon

Raitng: 5 sm

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…


This was a reread for me. I first read Uglies my freshman year of high school (about seven years ago) and loved it! I remember also reading the second book, Pretties, and possibly part of the third book. I recently decided it was definitely a series that I wanted to finish. But since it had been so long since I had read any of the books, I decided to start from the very beginning. And I am absolutely thrilled that I did! I had forgotten how much I loved this book.

I absolutely love the world that Scott Westerfeld created in Uglies. You can definitely tell that it’s well thought out and that he poured over small details. There’s so much stuff going on in this novel, very action packed, and just all around fun to read. I love the theme of the book; your appearance doesn’t define you. I think it’s such a simple and amazing message and you definitely pick up on it in this story. This is a very fun and fast read and I would definitely recommend it to people who like futuristic dystopian type novels!

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