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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 Books
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Callie Rose Tyler
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
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 (Tattoogirl Reads)
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
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
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
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
This graphic novel follows Shay's story before she met Tally, after she met her, and to when Dr. Cable made her into a Special.

Shay's always been an interesting character to me. She was so much cooler than Tally, who I kind of despised in the last two books. I liked how it showed more of Shay's life, and even Zane's life before he became Pretty. I was upset at first that Zane had blond hair, but when he turned Pretty, it became black like it was described in the book.
I really hated David in th
I'm a really big fan of the Uglies series; probably because it was the first dystopian series I've ever read. I loved the world-building, the characters, the villain and the message that still holds really close to me.
Fast forward more than two years later, and I encounter this book at the library. "Hmm," I thought. "Shay's story?" And in case you're wondering, Shay was, and still is, one of my favorite character. Regardless of how many people hate her (With good reason; she does become kind of

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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
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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
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
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
Josephine Florendo
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Hillary Arellano
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
At first, when I read this. I was like Shay doesn't look ugly to me, but from reading this. I was like oh that's what it meant. I didn't like the fact how Shay and the others have to go through some chemical change and recreate their bodies to look much more pretty to be a pretty. Isn't that too much? That's what I though. What stumps me more is that sometimes the people in Uglyville think they should be pretty, even though they're pretty already. I can't get used to the fact on how they want to ...more
Paula  Phillips
As I am surrounded by Dystopian as it takes it's spot on the shelves as the New Vampires , it didn't surprise me to see a new copy of Uglies and in Graphic Novel but then when I looked at it closer , I discovered that it was told from Shay's POV. This made me more interested as I am not normally a fan of Graphic Novels/Manga but certain ones I have been found to enjoy.
Uglies Shay's story is basically a prequel I think to the novel "Uglies" which was told by Tally Youngblood's POV. In Uglies , w
Uglies: Shay’s Story is just that – Shay’s point of view of the events that happened in Uglies. Because it’s a graphic novel and because Uglies is out there in the world, we don’t really see a retelling of what happened in Uglies as much as we see what’s happening to Shay when Tally isn’t with her.

For those unfamiliar with the Uglies series, Tally and Shay live in a society where all citizens undergo a surgery to turn pretty at the age of sixteen. When Tally and Shay first met, Tally was excite
This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase.

Highly Anticipated...

I absolutely LOVE the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, so when I heard that there was going to be a manga, I was really excited. I went out and bought the book on its release day, but I didn't end up reading it until Dewey's 24-hour Readathon. It ended up being a great book, and a perfect one for my first Readathon!

Superb Artwork...

I can't write a review for a manga/graphic novel without
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Other Books in the Series

Uglies: Graphic Novel (2 books)
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Uglies (Uglies, #1) Pretties (Uglies, #2) Specials (Uglies, #3) Extras (Uglies, #4) Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)

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