Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Call #: TEEN 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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