If you like dystopian novels, then I highly suggest this book. I fell in love with this book and finished it in 2 days. Scott Westerfeld is an amazing author!
I really enjoyed this book, I had to read just this book of the series for a class and enjoyed it so much that I read the others. I really got engrossed in the book and didn't want to put it down, it is a really interesting story and an interesting concept to think about. Is this where our world is headed? There is such an importance placed upon physical beauty and technology and this book shows a scary future for us in respect to those two ideas.
The only thing I disliked was that I wanted to know more about how the world came to be that way. I wanted more of the back story because it was intriguing.
I, and I think most people too, can relate to feeling like an "ugly" at that awkward age between child and teen years. I also connected with Tally's character in that I long to be prettier-thinner, more stylish, etc. The book kind of reminded me of "The Hunger Games" with the all-seeing, controlling government and of course it being a post apocalyptic world.
I would like to integrate this novel into my classroom in a Dystopian unit, probably as a companion novel to "The Hunger Games." I think I would like to do a "book-in-a-day" assignment with it to go along with "The Hunger Games."
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 operatoin that turns you from a repellant ugly to 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 chouce Tally makes changes her world forever.
If you like 1984 or The Giver, you'll be able to appreciate this book. It follows the story of a 15 year old girl and her friends as they go through life in a world that is strictly controlled by a small group of people. It's called Uglies because that is what the elite group raises them to think they are-ugly-as a method of control. When they reach age 16 they are sent to become a Pretty, but this 15 year old girl may choose a different path......Continua