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Uglies: Shay's Story (Uglies: Graphic Novel #1)

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“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay

Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the co
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 208 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Del Rey
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Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 20, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
This pains me, it really does. I love the original series, I love the world Westerfeld created and I especially enjoyed the character of Shay who, sadly, was more complex and interesting from Tally's point of view.

SIDENOTE: I always pictured Shay black, don't know why but it threw me to see her depicted as white (in fact I picture everyone a lot more....diverse? everyone looked exactly the same I thought that was only supposed to happen AFTER you were made pretty)

BIGGEST issue is with the artwor
Is this necessary? Probably not.
Will I read it? Yes.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
This sounds cool. I kind of hated Shay, BUT I'll probably read it anyway. ;)
Michelle Madow
Apr 07, 2012 Michelle Madow rated it it was amazing
I don't typically read manga book (aka I've never read one in my life), but when I saw this was an addition to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, I knew I had to give it a try! I love the Uglies books, so any new view I'm given into the awesome world Scott created is something I love to see.

When I first started reading it was tough to adjust to the change of medium (getting lots of the story through pictures instead of words). However, after a few chapters in I stopped thinking about how differen
Michael (Mai)
May 07, 2012 Michael (Mai) rated it did not like it
Well…I was pretty excited about this when I first heard about it at a talk held by Scott Westerfeld but it was fairly disappointing. Shay just isn’t the Shay I remember and Tally is barely in it.

The art was super cool but other than that I just didn’t like it.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read Uglies. You will not know what’s going on. I barely did because it’s been like 3 or 4 years since I read it.

I will most likely read the second installment just because I want to see Shay as a Special.
Charlotte Jones
I picked this up at the library and it is a graphic novel version of side-character Shay’s story of what happened during Uglies, the first book in the Uglies series. I read the first two and a half books in that series and to be honest I wasn’t a huge fan but I really enjoyed the first book so wanted to revisit that from a different perspective.

On the whole the artwork was quite typical of manga and was drawn in a traditional Japanese style. I did like that some additional sketchbook pages were
Christine (KizzieReads)
Mar 01, 2016 Christine (KizzieReads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Nice to see Shay's perspective of the first book. The only downside is that it wasn't in color. The graphics would have been so much more enthralling if there was color.
Feb 10, 2016 Myndi rated it it was amazing
I was already a fan of the Uglies series, so when I found out from a friend that her library had the graphic novels, I had to go check mine. I was in luck! This is the first graphic novel I have read as well, and I really did love it. It follows along the same timeline as the Uglies series only from Shay's point of view and what was going on with her instead of Tally. (You still get to see some of Tally though of course!) I liked seeing things from her perspective, and maybe I put too much thoug ...more
Desiree May
Nov 06, 2015 Desiree May rated it it was ok
This book, “Uglies: Shay's Story” by Scott Westerfeld, was very basic book, but a basic book. All the uglies, pretties, and specials looked EXACTLY the same! Seriously what’s was the point of the whole process of becoming a pretty if they looked so similar! Honestly, if I could go back in time I would have never read this book. The only thing that stood out was the graphic, and the main character was completely selfish and childish. Forcing her best friend into something she didn’t want, and rui ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Marisha rated it did not like it
This supplementary graphic novel of Scott Westerfeld’s marvelous YA book Uglies is frankly abominable. It details the story of Shay, one of the main characters in Uglies who the reader does not get to see for a far portion of the first novel. This would be an exciting opportunity to discover new facets of her character or develop the story more fully from her perspective, but all the book does is rehash the plot of the original. There is so little added content in this version that it might as w ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
The Uglies series was one of the first YA series I read and I loved every bit of it. I don't normally read graphic novels but I made an exception for this one and I am so glad I did. Shay's Story is awesome! You don't want to miss out on Shay's backstory.

Shay is a very important character in Uglies but her story is never told. It's never made known why she went to the Smoke, what she was like as an ugly, or what guy she had a crush on. All those questions are answered in Shay's Story and boy are
Mar 26, 2012 Cassy rated it liked it
What can I say? It's Westerfeld, and we all know that I have a soft spot for him. However, I feel like this was kind of just a filler for him. Something to hold us fans over until he comes out with his next books, whatever they may be.

Now, don't get me wrong, there were parts I really enjoyed. I liked seeing how Shay met the Crims. I think it's interesting to know how she got into that group. And also how she met David and got along with him. I like that while she DID like David in the beginning
Apr 12, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
I read the Uglies series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. With the Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite YA series and one against which I measure all the new dystopian YA series. So of course I wouldn’t pass on a illustrated version of the series, and when I saw it at the store last week, I immediately grabbed it. I am so glad that I can say that I really enjoyed it.

First, I really liked the illustrations. I don’t read that many mangas and graphic novels, but when I do I love the style

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Imagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay.

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I find
Meera salah
Jul 22, 2015 Meera salah rated it it was ok
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Mar 17, 2012 Mandi rated it it was amazing
When I started reading it, I kept thinking 'why isn't the exactly like the book?' Then it finally hit me, this is Shay's point of view. I completely forget Shay wasn't the main character, Tally was. It's been a while since I've read 'Uglies'. But, for this to be a retelling of the story from Shay's view, it was really good. You actually get to see how she became a Crim, went to the Ruins and met David. You also see a little of the Smoke before Tally got there. Honestly though, I was looking forw ...more
Warren Clark
Jun 14, 2014 Warren Clark rated it liked it
Even though I don't *love* graphic novels, I really love reading a book and then, if there is one, reading the graphic novel. I like seeing what other people thought the characters look like, though sometimes, because their version is so different from mine, I yell at the book... ;)
Kevin Fanning
May 22, 2012 Kevin Fanning rated it did not like it
Gave up after 6 chapters. On the very first page, I was like "I shouldn't read this." Because actually seeing the Uglies characters kind of sours the fun of imagining how "ugly" (read: normal-looking) the Uglies are. (God help me if they ever make a movie version.)

But, even worse, this book suffers from Graphic Novel Character Art Syndrome, where the characters all kind of look the same and it's hard to tell them apart. So the fact that the Pretties were pretty indistinguishable from the Uglies
Jul 11, 2016 Meghan rated it really liked it
A really fun read if you read the Uglies series. The art really added to the story, and it was interesting to finally find out what happened between Shay and David! I would not recommend as a standalone, only read this if you have read Uglies.
Josephine Florendo
Jan 16, 2014 Josephine Florendo rated it it was amazing
This is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I always saw graphic novels as glorified comic books. I only read this graphic novel because it has to do with the UGLIES series which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also enjoyed this graphic novel. I used to dislike/hate Shay's character, but after seeing the first book in the series from her perspective, I understood why she was like that. Now, I actually like Shay almost as much as I do Tally Youngblood. I will definitely read the 2nd graphic novel i ...more
Eli Poteet
Feb 20, 2015 Eli Poteet rated it liked it
Recommended to Eli by: J
I stumbled upon this graphic novel which is related to an original young adult literature series by the same author with the same general concept. I like the basic premise that this story takes place sometime conceivably in our future and that there is this extreme digital divide between the city life and those who live off grid.
I am not typically a fan of the type of manga where everyone looks identical to some vain social beauty construct made by the media machine of society. This artists sty
Hillary Arellano
Jun 09, 2015 Hillary Arellano rated it liked it
The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking I was missing something or over looked an important part due to the fact that some things were not making sense to me. It was reading like I should have already had some back story to this book. I found out that there is a book before this one that should be read first.
The story itself is pretty good, I think a pre-teen or teenager that is into anime would really like it. I thought it was interesting that the "uglies" aren't really ugly it
Jun 02, 2015 Hanna rated it it was ok
I absolutely adore the Uglies series and most of what Scott Westerfeld writes, however, I do not adore this book. I think maybe I expected more out of it. My experience with graphic novels and manga in the past has generally been very good, so it's not that. But those works usually use the images to add to the story through irony or extra visual detail, but I felt like that technique wasn't used in Shay's Story and the images were largely unnecessary and didn't add to the story. Westerfeld could ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Athena rated it liked it
I like the graphic novel(this book)was based on Shey point of view and the uglies book was based on Tally's point of view.
Emma Lauren
Jul 13, 2016 Emma Lauren rated it liked it
Uglies: Shay's Story by Scott Westerfeld was... disappointing. The original story was so well written, so I was expecting the same of this, and unfortunately, I was left with a total change of what was one of my favorite characters. while it was nice to read a new perspective, I was happier with just the original story. What gives this a three, was the really well done art.
Feb 14, 2015 Cassie rated it it was ok
An INCREDIBLY short manga, it took me less than 45 minutes to read. This is much less of a story as it is artwork. It's so incredibly short that there was no way to properly display character development and relationships. If the manga was longer we could've gotten more, but it was so short that we don't see anything that we didn't already know about. It's basically pictures put to the general story of Shay. The artwork looks really cool, but there's a significant problem in the fact that the Ug ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Kimber rated it it was ok
I was a big fan of the Uglies series, but this book really disappointed me. The story itself wasn't the problem, because it was great to see things from Shay's POV in the book. The art, characters, and dialogue were really lacking though.

The art itself was in a manga style, which wasn't a huge issue. What was an issue though was that everyone looked the same. The Specials are not striking or cold looking. The Pretties don't look any different from the Uglies. Even the Uglies stand-out traits, su
Penny Raspenny
I so love this series.

Uglies trilogy is from my all-time favorites. I'm with Tally and Shay all the way and it is really good that we finally get to see Shay's POV.

Raeleen Lemay
Apr 05, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it
This was a nice refresher to the series since it's been a long time since read it, but something about it was just lacking.... And David looked really freaking weird.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is a graphic novel based on the Uglies series. That entire series of books was very, very good and brought up a lot of things to think about in how humans get along with each other, what the concepts of 'pretty' and 'ugly' mean, and how far will a government go to control it's citizens.

This graphic novel adaptation is from Shay's viewpoint. I was very, very pleased with the book. When you read a series of books you get an idea in your head of what the people and where they live should look
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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