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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Language: English
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Buy the Book: Amazon

     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.

My Review:  
     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.



  1. I absolutely LOVE this series. You will just love the next 2. This really jump started my fanaticism of dystopian fiction. Tally is amazing.

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  3. It is totally true... Uglies is perfect in every single detail and the other books still in the same line: AMAZING AND BREATH TAKING.

    The only one I didn't read yet is 'Extras', but I will read it \o/

  4. Ah, I've been having this on my shelf for the longest time. I really need to pick it up asap!! It sounds so great. Glad you liked it :)

  5. I actually did not particularly love this book. I mean, it was pretty good, so I continued reading, but the sequel just wasn't as great. And then the third one was only a little better. Sigh. My dislike for this series is really strange since I love dystopian. But I'm glad to see that you loved it as much as you did! :)

  6. This series is amazing. Look at the new cover.

  7. I have Uglies on my shelf to read soon too, but I have the old cover, & I so want to be able to find the old covers in the rest of the series, but I don't think I'll be able to in stores :( I love the new covers though, but I hate having different covers once I've started a series. So glad you liked it! I can't wait to read it.

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

  8. I have the old cover too and I found matching ones at Borders:)

  9. I think Uglies came before Hunger Games. I enjoyed Uglies, but I enjoyed Hunger games better mostly because I thought Katniss was a more likable character than Tally. Katniss wanted to save the lives of the ones she loved, while Tally just wanted to be pretty.

    It's tough when you compare any book to something as intense as Hunger Games though. You can always find a reason why another book can or cannot compare.

  10. This book was such a disappointment to me. I thought it was just ok but I'm a little bit curious about the rest of the series. Maybe I'll like the other books.

  11. I really wish they didn't redo the covers of this series because I really like the new ones too now! I have already bought this book in the old cover ages ago, and I really have this pet peeve about having the original covers of series. But this new one is just so tempting.

    I'll definitely be giving this book a chance soon because of your review. Thanks!



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