Thursday, June 2, 2011
Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld
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've had this book on my "to-read" list for at least a year now. I just never had the opportunity to pick it up. I'm so glad that I finally did! This is a dystopian novel that paints a picture of a possible future in America if it was decided that everyone needed to be alike. If everyone had to be "pretty." In this situation it is thought that if everyone is turned "pretty" there will be less arguments and wars because we would all look the same. Tally discovers the Smoke, where uglies live together instead of being turned pretty. This society is a lot different than the one she is used to living in, but she has learned to like it. Tally also finds out that you aren't just turned "pretty" through surgery, but you are also given some type of tumors that may you compliant with society. Tally has decided that even though she planned on betraying her friend Shay, she now wants to live in the Smoke and doesn't want anything to do with being pretty.
The first novel in this series is exciting and adventurous. You are brought into Tally's world and trying to figure out what she is going to do and how she feels. Tally is on an emotional roller coaster and doesn't know what to do. She is going against everything she has been taught from birth, and somehow that doesn't quite feel right to her yet. Tally makes many discoveries in this first novel, and Westerfeld finds a way to keep you engaged so you want to keep on reading. I will be getting the second novel in this series from the library. I hope it's as good as the first.