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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I remember the exact place I first saw this book.  It was about three years ago in my local Borders, on the “Employee Recommendations” endcap.  It caught my eye because, hello, the cover is so striking.  And also, so is the title!  Uglies?!  With a pretty girl on the cover?!

I didn’t buy it, but jotted down the title and author to read at a later date.  A few weeks later, I found out that one of my friends owned the books and really liked them, so I borrowed them and read all four in about a week.

To be short, I loved them.  Well, Extras (the fourth in the series) is kinda meh, but it’s not really related anyway.

So, when our book club was picking our 2010 books at the end of last year, I recommended Uglies, and it actually got picked!  (It made me feel very important.)

Here’s what it’s all about, according to Scott Westerfeld:

It’s about a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn sixteen, making them supermodel beautiful. Big eyes, full lips, no one fat or skinny. This seems like a good thing, but it’s not. Especially if you’re one of the uglies, a bunch of radical teens who’ve decided they want to keep their own faces. (How anti-social of them.)

This is included in the dystopian fantasy genre (home to other great books such as The Hunger Games), but it’s got all the elements of YA that we love– a boy, fighting with another girl over said boy, adventure, romance, and good old-fashioned problems with authority.

The main character is a girl named Tally Youngblood.  (She’s facing off against Katniss Everdeen in the YA Fantasy Showdown.)  She has been waiting her whole life for the operation, and since her best friend Peris got the operation, she’s been counting down the days until she can join him.

While she waits, she makes friends with a girl named Shay, who is also waiting to turn 16.  But Shay doesn’t want the operation and runs away, leaving Tally to deal with the consequences.

I love this series.  It’s on my favorites list, and it’s one of the first series I recommend to people.


I recommend it to you.  🙂

Five stars = a favorite.  If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out.  Go out and read it, or I’ll send Special Circumstances after you. (You won’t get that until after you read it, sorry.)

  1. Colette
    August 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    So agreed! I loved this series. Read it last year and couldn’t put it down. I went out and bought them all.

  2. August 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

    i also enjoyed this series a lot!

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