Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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 operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into 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 choice Tally makes changes her world forever..

My take: 3 looks
What a fun YA book! Unlike the other popular books which focus on dystopian societies (Ender's Game, Matched, Hunger Games), this book has an excellent underlying message about beauty's ideal, sway and ultimate price. It moves along at a nice pace, has plenty of adventure, and is completely believable. I gave a start at the end of the one, and will most certainly read the next in this series.

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