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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Uglies Series (#2-4) by Scott Westerfeld

Okay...I hate to do this, but I've had so much time to read lately (uncooperative weather and a substantial amount of time off of work) that I haven't been keeping up on the blogging!  Anyway, that's my reasoning for combining the reviews for the last 3 books in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

The second book in this series is pretty amazing.  Tally Youngblood is living life as a pretty.  She doesn't remember her time as an Ugly out in the wilderness or the promise she made to take the experimental pills which would make her brain right again.  She falls in love with another pretty who takes the pill with her to calm her fears.  Unfortunately, this was a huge mistake.  The two pills Tally was given were meant to be for her, NOT shared,  This causes some consequences for Tally's new love as well as Tally.  She discovers things about herself she didn't recognize before.  Tally is put into difficult situations in which choices have to be made, but in the end she is left without a choice.  What happens next?

The third book in this series brings us to Tally's life as a Special.  She is part of an elite group in the Special Circumstance division.  Tally has had her brain messed with once again and doesn't realize what she is doing.  She fights to regain her own strength to control her mind.  This series was meant to be a trilogy, and the ending is nicely wrapped up, but of course allowed room for the fourth book to be discovered!

The fourth book in this series is nothing what I expected.  It was told from a different viewpoint which made Tally a sidekick in the novel rather than the star.  Times have definitely changed in the three years since Specials was set in.  Tally doesn't recognize the terms being used, but realizes how messed up the cities have become.  Strange things have been happening around the world, and it is up to Tally and the new main character in the end of this series to determine what the cause is and how to fix it.  A great conclusion to an elegantly written novel from Scott Westerfeld.

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