Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Uglies is a good dystopian novel about self acceptance.
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...
This book was a lot more interesting than the goodreads blurb made it out to be. They focused a lot in this place called the Smoke, which is where Shay ran away to . It is a place where people live like we do now. This book is never really slow. Sometimes, as a fast reader, I thought it moved a little too fast. I sometimes lost part of the story line because of this.
I didn't really like the way the characters talked about our generation. The called us the "Rusties" and criticized everything we do, like burn wood and waste metal. The weird part was, some of the things they did were worse.
Another thing I didn't really agree with was their view of beauty. They all wanted to be alike, and "Pretty". They had no individuality, which drove me nuts.
The characters in this book were pretty diverse. Tally was an ideal version of her society who ended up with a little individuality. Shay was unique and wanted independence from the society. David was the cute boy who Shay loves from out in the smoke. However, he falls for Tally.
I think this book was very engaging and easy to read. It was good and had great hidden messages.
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