Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Author's Website: http://scottwesterfeld.com/
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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.
I know that people try to compare books to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games all the time, so I've tried not to do that as much as possible. This time, I can't help it. Seriously, for the majority of Uglies all I could think of was The Hunger Games. And I loved it. I sort of forgot what it's like to read books that are this good. Uglies took me on an emotional roller-coaster. The plot was exciting at just the right parts, and the story was just the right amount of believable. I feel like it's so amazing that I'm almost lost for words. I've spent so much time saying so much about so many other books, and most of them, in comparison, seem bland. Uglies is vibrant, and is one of those books that puts other books in their place. It deserves every single ounce of praise it receives, and I would recommend that all of you go read it. Now. And I will be starting the next one. Tonight.