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In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
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Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Advantages: an amazing book that will grip you for hours until you finish it & then you'll want to re-read it!
Disadvantages: Don't think there is any
I got this book on a whim. I had previously read a review about this book, which was rated it highly. Then I saw promotion for it here and there. So to try something new, decided to go for it, if I didn't like it I could easily sell it, or pass it on. To be totally honest, I am amazed that I fully enjoyed this book, and I have got it!
I hadn't heard of Scott Westerfeld before reading this book, I had heard that he was the author of "Uglies" but that was all that I knew about him. I always like stumbling across new authors that manage to spike my interest in the first few pages of one of their books. It shows a likeable writing style that interests me into exploring other books written by them. He is a software designer and a composer of music, as well as an author. He has written many books, but he is mostly known for "Uglies". Some of his books have been commissioned to become films, but whether they will or not is a different story, but we'll see.
Uglies, has quickly become a well-known teen/young adult novel, and sometimes is used in schools. Unlike Twilight, it has failed to maintain its popularity, but hopefully it will get it back.
Uglies follows a girl called Tally. She is almost sixteen, and at sixteen you become a "Pretty". She talks about how much fun she used to have with a guy called "Peris" who recently became sixteen and he is now a "Pretty". She can't wait to be with him again.
One day she is really bored, and it's only a few days until she becomes a "Pretty". She meets this other girl called Shay, who has the exact same birthday as Tally. Shay is riding a hover board, and soon teaches Tally how to ride one. Their friendship grows quickly and they become best of friends. But Shay isn't sure she wants to be a "Pretty", and on the day before their birthday she makes a disappearance.
In a desperate decision Tally goes out to find her, breaking every single rule she has grown up knowing. She finds a resistance who have been "Ugly" all their lives. And who wants things to go back to the way they were in the stories found in history books. They want everyone to look "ugly", that way everything will be civilised, and there won't be people giving a hell of a lot of plastic surgery so people all look the same.
But will they do it? And to what drastic measures must they go through?
This book was AMAZING. People who like "The Hunger Games Trilogy" should go and get this book. It is BETTER than Twilight, and gives that futuristic feel that you could so believe might happen in the future. It also reminds me a bit of "Tomorrow, When the War Began" anyone who have read both books would realise why I think this as they are similar.
This is definitely a teen/young adult sort of novel; however this does not stop adults from reading it. Just look on here at the amount of young adult books that have been read by adults, such as Twilight and The Hunger Games. This is totally a book you should read!
I found this story gripping from the start, it must have been because of the writing style, but I think because this story was interesting and different from any story I have come across, and the ending is a definite surprise. I felt intent on reading this book more and more and I loved all of it, especially the bit when they ride on an old roller coaster on their hover boards, although they only knew what it was by the school books. (I feel sorry for them that there are no theme parks! They're really missing out).
I have to admit that I dislike the cover. The cover intentionally interests teenage girls or young adults who are girls. This usually would put the book under "chick-lit" (which in my opinion is not a genre at all since there are boys who enjoy "chick-lit" just as much), however this book is far from the usual "chick-lit" stories, and so why mis-lead the readers. However their intentions for doing this could be because they thought it is a bigger market and may interest this type of audience into reading this. However I think it is mis-leading and not something that publishers should do.
There are a lot of vivid parts of the book that you can imagine easily, which may be the reason why Twenty Century Fox has got the rights for making a film out of this book (which is supposed to be released this year according to Wikipedia) however there's so little information about this film, that I doubt anything has really happened with it. And to be honest, I very much doubt they will make it better than the book!
This is definitely an exciting, face-paced, exhilarating, action-packed, sort of book, it is one everyone will enjoy and a book you should go and get as soon as you can.
Thank you all for reading and I hope that I have interested some of you (at least) into reading this book!
Summary: a book about the possible future!