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Uglies AUTHOR Scott Westerfeld Read & Download ↠ 4 ¾ Tally is about to turn sixteen and she can't wait In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty And as a pretty she'll be catapulted into a high tech paradise where her only job is to have funBut Tally's new frienTapulted into a high tech paradise where her only job is to have funBut Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty When Shay runs away Tally learns about a whole new s. I’ve only seen one episode of The Twilight Zone In this episode a woman undergoes a battery of surgeries to look normal At the end of the episode viewers learn that this latest surgery has failed the woman is still hideous Except that to the audience she is beautiful Online research led me to another episode where teenagers are surgically altered to live longer and conform to a unified standard of beauty based on a limited number of acceptable “models” “Uglies” Scott Westerfeld’s dystopic novel plays similar games of perceptionThe novel starts with Tally Youngblood a fifteen year old girl desperately waiting for her sixteenth birthday when she will be reunited with her best friend and importantly when she will finally be pretty“Uglies” is set in the distant future after a mysterious global catastrophe precipitated changes to the foundations of what readers would call modern society Fearful of war and violence cities now operate as independent states think Renaissance Italy as opposed to contemporary Italy Isolated and self sufficient the cities have agreed to certain standards for the greater goodNew technology ensures that citizens never want for food or luxury items weapons of any kind are largely illegal and at the age of sixteen everyone undergoes a series of extreme surgeries to better conform to societal standards of beauty The logic being that since humans are preconditioned to respond to certain visual cues in each other already big eyes are non threatening a clear complexion and good teeth indicate that a person is healthy applying these beauty standards will reduce conflict and create a harmonious societyBut in a world where everyone is movie star gorgeous oldies like Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo are considered “natural pretties” normal people are so not pretty In short they’re uglyThings change for Tally when she meets Shay another Ugly girl who wants to run away before the operation to a place called The Smoke where people can live like “Rusties” that would be us basically in the wilderness without any surgery As the novel progresses and Special Circumstances a government agency coerces Tally into finding The Smoke for them Tally is forced to choose what means friendship or beautyAs the plot might suggest this is a science fiction novel Just to be clear the real difference between sci fi and fantasy is that the technology in science fiction novels could conceivably work if someone ever built it dragons most likely are never going to be genetically engineered so they’re a good indicator of a fantasy novel At times this leads to explanation of say hoverboard mechanics in the novel than is strictly necessary to the plot but the rest of the book makes up for this small shortcomingWhat makes Uglies great besides how it looks at cultural values is Westerfeld’s use of language The novel is not pretentious or brash Instead Westerfeld creates a narrative voice that is really uniue—especially for a sweeping sci fi saga like the Uglies trilogy The novel opens with Tally observing that “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit” That is not it is fair to say a typical opening for any novel Yet Westerfeld moves from that observation seamlessly into the storyThis book is the first in the Uglies trilogy followed by “Pretties” and “Specials” which focuses on Tally and her city The scope of each book can largely stand alone but to get the full story it’s best to read the entire trilogy Additionally Westerfeld released a companion book to th

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Tally is about to turn sixteen and she can't wait In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty And as a pretty she'll be ca. “In a world of extreme beauty anyone normal is ugly” In Tally Youngblood's society everyone obtains absolute physical perfection the perfect skin hair eyes literally everything At least after you turn sixteen and undergo the right operationsTally at age 15 is an Ugly right now but after her birthday she will get to become Pretty She can then move out of the Ugly Dorms and into New Pretty Town It's all she wantsAfter all who in their right mind would choose to remain Ugly All she has to do is wait to turn 16 With all of Tally's friends already Pretty and living in New Pretty Town it's shaping up to be a very long boring summerEnter Shay another Ugly who Tally meets during one particularly wicked trick Tally grabbed a bungee vest and dived off a Pretty building Shay has the same birthday as Tally and for a while the two of them spend all of their time together “I want those perfect eyes and lips and for everyone to look at me and gasp And for everyone who sees me to think Who's that and want to get to know me and listen to what I sayI'd rather have something to say” Then Shay comes to Tally with a wild story There are people Smokies who live outside of their city and would rather remain Ugly than turn Pretty It's absolutely insane by Tally's standardsA few days before their birthday Shay takes off to find the Smokies leaving Tally to go through the operation along Only on the day of the operationTally finds herself barred She must lead the Specials aka Special Circumstances aka the police task force to the Smokies or she will never turn PrettySo armed with nothing but dehydrated food water purifier hover board and a sleeping bag she sets off to become the Judas Goat She's waited all her life to become Pretty there's no way she wants to be stuck with her Ugliness forever Only along the way she finds friends in unexpected places she learns things about herself that she never thought possible and discovers something far horrifying about the Pretties than she could ever have imagined Your personality the real you inside was the price of beauty And the overconfident Specials are going to get than they bargained for “Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness There's always one thing we depend on And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in a history class” Rereading this one as an adult really made this one pop in my mind It definitely passed the test of timeThe only thing that bugged me was that this one did manifest one of my pet peeves Namely the tension is motivated and maintained by people keeping secrets It's just why can't they communicate Oh yeah it's cause then there wouldn't be anything to drive the plot anyAudiobook CommentsWell read by Emma Tremaine The guy voices sounded a bit weak but it was still a great one to listen toYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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Uglies AUTHOR Scott WesterfeIde of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty The authorities offer Tally a choice find her friend and turn her in or never turn pretty at all Tally's choice will change her world forev. I remember my initial disappointment when Scott Westerfeld switched from adult sf to YA fiction How could he do this to me I liked his books but I don't wanna read a dopey YA novelI'd read in an interview that it was mostly a financial decision the YA market has exploded and that's where the money is right now How can you fault a guy for trying to make a livingAs a junior high Language Arts teacher it's impossible not to notice that Westerfeld's first YA series has done extremely well I guess it's time I checked it out for myselfWell after the first section of the novel I can understand why Uglies has been a hit with the YA crowd it's a fun easy read While Westerfeld hasn't completely dumbed down his writing it is certainly much accessible than his adult novels Tally is a likeable teenager that the readers will identify with and her plights are standard ones considering the world she inhabitsYes it takes some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise that all people are given massive plastic surgery and made pretty at the age of 16 But if you are willing to accept the premise the rest of the world makes sense Tally wants to be pretty as do all teens in this world But she's a mischievous girl and loves to play pranks and pull tricks When she meets up with Shay a fellow prankster her world is turned upside down Shay introduces her to a world where people don't consider being pretty the ultimate goal and when Shay runs away choosing NOT to be made pretty Tally is led down a road that will completely alter how she sees herself and the world around herWesterfeld has created a good old fashioned coming of age tale in a sf world Sure it's a YA novel but that's ok We need to create another generation of sf readers It might be a bit of an easy read for a sophisticated ie old reader like myself but it was still enjoyable The book is in fact the first of a trilogy but it is possible to read the first novel by itself Sure the story continues but Westerfeld does give the first book a sense of closure I think the YA market is lucky to have Westerfeld I hope he continues to have great success And maybe someday he'll write adult novels for his growing legion of YA fans