Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Series: Uglies, Book 1
Review by Gabriella C.

Uglies is the first book of the Uglies series. It is a dystopian post-apocalypse story that centers around Tally, the main character, who is on the verge of her 16th birthday when she will be able to finally have surgery that will make her “pretty”. The operation is basically a full body and face surgery where one can choose what to look like; everyone has the surgery when they turn 16, because who wants to be ugly, right? But then Tally meets Shay, who introduces her to a whole different side of the “pretties” world, which opens her up to new and different ideas that the majority of people haven’t gotten the chance to know about.

I really liked the book, because I personally like books that take place in the future or that has completely different societal values and norms than we have. This book is easily relatable to adolescence because it talks about people’s physical insecurities and what they do to get over them. In this book’s case, surgery or acceptance. I decided to read this book because a friend recommended it to me.

This book was pretty inspiring because even though the majority of the people had the surgery at 16 to become “pretty”, there were others that were okay with themselves, or eventually learned to just accept it.  I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it was really entertaining, well-written, and eventful. I have also read all of the other books in the series which I highly recommend to read as well.

(added bonus: Scott Westerfeld has recently announced four new novels in the Uglies universe!)

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Nevermore by James Patterson

I would recommend nevermore to anyone that enjoys sci-fi and romance. If you’ve read any other of James Patterson’s work I believe this one is one of his best. The tension between Max, Fang, and Dylan builds up romantic suspense. It’s a great love triangle that goes on beyond a single book since Nevermore is the 6th book in the Maximum Ride Series. Another reason why I really enjoyed this book was because it is a series. I hate getting emotionally into a book that won’t continue for a couple more. It helped me break my mini reading hiatus that I was going through at the moment.

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OverWatch Review



There is a reason Overwatch is really popular amongst gamers and I’m going to tell you why. One thing that can catch anyone’s is a great cast of characters and Overwatch excels in that area. They are all really unique in different ways whether it be there background, style, personality or weaponry. Another thing that helps bring out each character is that they are from different parts of the world, so there will always be an interesting character for you to play. It also has a bright and colorful art style which is a nice change for the first person shooter genre. Next is gameplay which once again is something you’ll love. You will  be set on a team to either push a payload or capture points on certain maps, this is where the characters come into play again since you and your team will have to pick out a team of those characters to win the game. The gameplay has even got a bunch of people live streaming it and even managed to become one of the top games streamed on Twitch. Overwatch is also a nice break from all of the gritty shooters out on the market right now. So if you are looking for a great game to play with your friends this is the one to buy.

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena cover art.jpgIn the book The Mark of Athena, a group of eight half-bloods (half Greek god, half human) have to stop the evil goddess Gaea from taking over the world. Together; Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Nico, Jason, Piper, Hazel, and Frank have to travel across the world to save both their friends back at Camp Half-Blood and the world.

Synopsis by Alice

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One of my favorite books I have read is the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. I think this is a great book because it is entertaining and incorporates many important values as well. It brings the problems Auggie, the main character, has to face throughout different points of view. It shows that people receive what they deserve based on how they act to other people. This book is a shorter chapter book, but is still something that brings important virtues into everyone’s mind.



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Lockdown: Escape from Furnace

“Lockdown: Escape from Furnace”

I liked the book. The book was really suspenseful, and it had you thinking about how you would react if you were in the same situation.  Also, the book gives you chills because it is so descriptive about how creepy the people look and how horrible the place is. I was really amazed (even though it was a book) that Alex (the main character) had a sense of humor even after being put in Furnace Penitentiary; the world’s most secure prison for young offenders. It really makes you feel bad for those kids who were put in there, but were framed; to have to see someone you love die and get framed for their death, is awful! There is a high chance of getting goose bumps with reading this book, or even having nightmares of what these characters went through.


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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is an American classic. It is a great love story that takes place during the Prohibition. The Great Gatsby is so simple yet has so many details that are easily missed. Overall, I highly recommend this book because it is so well written and it is just a great book.

Joanna J.


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