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Uglies AUTHOR Scott Westerfeld kindle ¿ eBook 9780689865381 ¶ 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 funButTapulted 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 beauty?As 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 the trilogy last year called “Extras” which is set a few years after the trilogy with different main characters“Uglies” is simultaneously funny and frightening showing how overvalued beauty can be while illustrating how Tally’s world has been conditioned to believe there’s no other way to live The sections where Westerfeld describes the Rusty Ruins and the end of that era are particularly haunting and eerily reminiscent of the History Channel’s recent documentary “Life After People”Sci fi book discussions often bring up a writer’s “world building” in reference to how well a writer creates their alternate universe Westerfeld’s world is built really well The cities have their own culture the characters their own slang but Westerfeld manages to bring in enough references to our own contemporary culture that it’s easy for readers to believe Tally’s world is built on the ruins of our ownYou can find this review and on my blog Miss Print

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Ide 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 Do you know that feeling when you really want to punch a character in the face? Well Tally Youngblood you must be grateful that I can't see your face Now I should stop the rant the book itself was a uick read but I don't get the hype Enjoyable yes Good not that much I'm not really sure if I'll ever finish this series Maybe one day if I'm actually bored

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Uglies AUTHOR Scott WesterfeTally 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 I need to never run into Scott Westerfeld down a dark alley or during a Civil War reenactment or at Charlton Heston's house or wherever My deep desire not to be arrested for murder would have an epic battle with my need to reach for a weapon when I see his stupid face In all fairness as you see I coughed up three stars for this book so I will clarify that my empty threatening is really directed toward Pretties and Specials books two and three in this series I'm posting this review on the link for the first book in the hopes that it will inspire people to put this book on their list of books never to read If you read this book there is the danger that you may want to continue with the series but trust me you really don'tIn listing what I don't like about this series I'll start with EVERYTHING from the characters to the plot to the worldview that I imagine would inspire a story of this kind of depth and breadth of ambivalence The premise of Uglies is that in the future when kids reach puberty they all have mandatory plastic surgery to turn their bodies into a perfect standard of beauty based on human brain reactions to visual stimulus Unfortunately and this is a slight spoiler so my apologies but it really is an element that is pretty obvious from page one though not clearly stated until later when the kids are having the surgeries to make them pretty the surgeons change their brains too to determine their decision making abilities capacity for independent thought and even sense response Basically the pretty surgery makes most people stupid unless the occupation that the government determines for them reuires intelligence So far so good it's your basic government takeover dystopia Yes kids if you let the government give you free health care checkups it's only a small step to the day they start chopping up your brainLuckily said ugly teens particularly our protagonist Tally through her bff Shay discover that if they flee to the wilderness they will be able to live a life of freedom and romance Oh what's that? Did I say romance? Thanks again Jean Jacues Rousseau Percy Bysshe Shelley Ralph Waldo Emerson et al Sometimes when characters go out into the wilderness I don't even know Does the phrase it's been done even begin to cover my feelings on that topic? Thus begins the cat fight between Tally and Shay that is the uniting thread of this entire series You see there is a wilderness boy imagine my surprise who is uite a catch even though he's ugly and there's some jealousy and betrayal and kick ass hoverboarding You get the ideaLet me clarify the problems I have listed so far1 Suspicion of the city using a retreat to the wild as the solution to social ills It's a tired premise2 Cattiness of the female protagonist and portraying the central female character as mostly driven by her current crush and competition with other women That is a huge pet peeve of mineThose however are small forgivable wrongs compared to the basic disingenuousness of the moral arguments Westerfeld makes While he on one level criticizes the idea of basing society on a hierarchy of physical looks the characters repeatedly interact within that hierarchy calling each other pretty and ugly at every turn and defining pretty people very specifically Even the repetition of the words ugly and pretty undercuts any message Westerfeld might have against pigeonholing people I found myself seeing people in the grocery store and evaluating whether they met the evolutionary definition of pretty as according to this series It's creepy and annoying Westerfeld can be as showy as he wants about how it is limiting to judge people based on their appearance but I argue that he is actually encouraging that same shallow judgment if only by instruction and repetition For example it's like saying kids don't shoplift but here's how to shoplift if you ever want to do it And here's a catchy shoplifting song to sing with your group of friends who really should have a name Hey we could call you guys the 'shoplifting gang' Don't shoplift though What's the real message there? Ultimately the arguments of the government that reuires the pretty surgeries also make a lot of sense in the stories The surgeries solve anorexia bring world peace and save the environment Plastic surgery sounds fun too and Westerfeld literally makes no compelling arguments against body alteration At the same time I'm left feeling that Westerfeld thinks it is a bad idea though he is not convincingIf Westerfeld's discussion of body image wasn't enough of a travesty the point in this series where this backwards arguing makes me want to wipe him off the face of the planet is when he introduces cutting By cutting I'm not talking about skipping school If you are not familiar with cutting it is a form of self mutilation that has been growing in popularity with teenagers over the past few years I'm going to go ahead and say it's been growing in popularity since 2006 when the book Specials was published In Specials our catty female protagonist and her buddies discover that by slicing up their arms they experience a particularly satisfying high and all of their senses are strengthened Ultimately they randomly decide that this is a bad idea but Westerfeld only implies their reasoning for that decision and again I'm left with the feeling that probably everyone should be a cutter because in the context of the story it's pretty badass I think that was the point where I started yelling and throwing things around my houseUnfortunately some parts of these stories are actually engaging not seriously engaging but passably and for a while I wanted to find out what happened to everyone even while I wanted to burn the author's house down The truly unforgivable wrongs are his wolf in sheep's clothing discussions of teen body image and self mutilation issues His characters never develop deep self respect or intelligent motivation for their actions and even when their decisions seem healthy Westerfeld makes a better argument for the unhealthy decisions Now I realize that I didn't even talk about the uber annoying slang language he develops for the Pretties and Specials I'll just say that these books are not bubbly and leave it at that