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Stupid Perfect World

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  1,418 ratings  ·  218 reviews
In this future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Kieran Black lives in a "perfect" world. Disease and starvation have been eradicated, sleep is unnecessary, and it takes no time at all to go from the Bahamas to the moon. But now Kieran has to take Scarcity, a class about how people lived in the bad old days. And as if sitting through an hour of Scarcity e ...more
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Published December 4th 2012 by Epic Reads Impulse
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The time is the future, and the world is perfect. Ridiculously perfect. Stupid perfect.

In this future world, teens must enroll in a mandatory class called "Scarcity" in which they must participate in a unique class project - they must endure an experience that their ancient human ancestors would have had, for a whole two week long period. Some students choose to have the common cold. Some choose to relinquish their teleportation privileges. After discardi
Why is this a novella? I could've read a whole book, a long one, even a series. Scott Westerfeld has a vivid imagination, especially when it comes to creating alternative futures, in fact , his series Uglies is among my favourite novels ever.

I loved the idea of the perfect future in this book : no health issues, no poverty nor wars. A reality which is questioned by teenagers, who would rather dream and fall in love than enjoy a life without all the "inconveniences" of our century.

Stupid Perfect
Al punto; corto y bonito.

¿Cuántas veces no nos hemos quejado de nuestras necesidades y debilidades biológicas? Bien, la historia nos cuenta un futuro sin ellas. Un mundo perfecto. En él, un par de adolescentes acostumbrados a no padecer ningún tipo de molestia y/o sufrimiento tendrán que elegir un 'mal' del pasado y padecerlo para un proyecto escolar. Es entonces que las hormonas de Maria y los sueños de Kieran les juegan pasadas y les muestran la estupidez de su mundo perfecto.

Nunca había leí
Wart Hill
This was very, very good.

It's not a dystopia. It's a utopia for actuals, which is pretty sweet. This is a future where disease, war, famine, it's all gone. Conquered, I guess you could say. And for a school project, kids have to experience something from before.

Kieran chooses sleep, Maria chooses hormones. Between dreams and teenage angst, the two are brought closer by their experiences.

And it's very well done.

I'd like if Westerfeld took this concept and kept going with it. But the novella's nic
Lindsay Cummings
I love everything this man writes. he's ridiculously awesome.
Christine (Voldy's Gone Moldy)
This book was not spectacular, or wonderful, or anything of the sort. There is exactly one good scene in the entire novella (which only spans a few sentences) and that one scene is what raised this rating from a two star rating to a three star rating.

I don't really recommend this book to anyone. The romance in it is not at all heartwarming, and actually kind of gross. I love Scott Westerfeld, but this is the sole piece of writing of his that I don't really like at all. I was fooled into thinkin
La Coccinelle
This is an interesting novella about two teenagers in a seemingly utopian society. Both have to come up with projects for their Scarcity class, which is where they learn about all the horrible things that beset their ancestors in the olden days. For their final projects, Kieran chooses to experience sleep and Maria chooses to experience unregulated teenage hormones.

I thought the characters were developed pretty well, even though the story was so short. The nine chapters alternate between Kieran'
Sarena Farber
Aug 05, 2013 Sarena Farber rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Sarena by: nobody
I remember reading the Uglies Series and loving it. The suspense, the thrill of the distopian adventure, and the whole plot in general. I flew through those books right away, and didn't ever want an ending. Yesterday, when I found this book in the Kindle Store, I got very excited, for I found yet another one of Scott Westerfelds distopian books. I started the book at 7 in the morning, and ended it at 8 this morning. Frankly; I'm more disapointed than ever.

1) This book was much too short.
The plo
Jaime Arkin
I really enjoyed this and was sad when I turned the last page. In Stupid Perfect World, Westerfield has created a society set in the future where the things that we have to 'endure' no longer exist. No hunger or disease... travel is simple and easy and sleep isn't necessary.

Students are required to take a class called Scarcity where they learn about how people lived during the old days. (our present time!) Part of their grade is based on a final project where they are expected to pick something
I’ve finally read a Scott Westerfeld story! I don’t know why but life seems to enjoy throwing curve balls whenever I try to read something by him but when I heard about HarperCollins new imprint, HarperTeen Impulse, and that his novella was one of the firsts…I jumped at the chance. Like I said, Stupid Perfect World is a novella which means that it’s too long to be a short story but too short to be categorized as a novel.

I liked it. It was a cute read and the premise was really great. The charact
This novella follows the life of two teenagers, Kieran and Maria, who love in this utopian society that has cured practically every angst of the current world we're living in. They both take a class called 'Scarcity' which teaches them about what people used to experience in the 'olden days'(eg hunger, diseases, sleep, etc) . As a final exam, they are to pick one of the experiences the learned about to go through for the next 2 weeks. Kieran picked sleep and Maria picked hormones. They both go t ...more
Um… what did I just read? That’s the question I want to ask myself as I get to the very abrupt ending of this piece. Granted, it is a short story—novella, whatever you want to call it, and I think that fact hinders the author’s ability to write a really deep story. Because there is so much more than I wanted from this novella than what I got. The blurb promises to reveal “something [that] has been missing from their perfect lives after all”, but I don’t think it ever does. I mean, yeah, Kieran e ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I'm a big fan of Scott's Leviathan series and I enjoyed The Secret Hour, but for some reason outside of these few books of Scott's I can't really get into his other books. I don't know why that is. While I think this is a good read and a book fans of Scott Westerfeld's are going to enjoy, it's not one I loved. I admire Scott's writing, his rich world building and the characters he writes about. Kieran and Maria were two characters who's story I liked reading, but there was something I just could ...more
Tara Day
I wish Scott Westerfeld would have done more with this - made it a whole book or even a series. The concept is fabulous and I would have liked to spend more time getting to know Kieran and Maria and to divulge in the world he created.

Five stars because I love anything Westerfeld does. Everything he writes is unique and beautifully written.

Kieran is adorable to read and Maria is a character I can relate to well. I love the teasing between them and how it grows into something stronger. I love th
In the future, deprivation, sickness, hormonal imbalances, and pretty much all forms of suffering have been eliminated. Teenagers are required to take a class in "Scarcity" to remind them of how fortunate they are. Each chooses a single affliction or aspect of the pre-utopian world. Kieran chooses to start sleeping, while Maria chooses to no longer control her hormones. While their classmates deal with the common cold or seasickness, Kieran and Maria find their perfect, balanced selves tipping i ...more
Joey Alison Sayers
Good Vonnegut-esque novelina by Scott Westerfeld. Made me realize I probably wouldn't have burned out so hard on YA if more of it was shorter-form.
Cute YA story, not much development of characters or plot but it was very short.
In this future world, high school students are required to attend Scarcity class. For the final project, the students are supposed to "embody" some form of ancient lameness, spending two weeks being blind or whatever. This is supposed to teach them what things were really like in "the old days."

Barefoot Tillman decides to go with the common cold. Other students chose hunger, illiteracy; most chose diseases. Maria decides to suspend her hormonal balancers. She wants to find out what it was like t
*4/5* Pensaba darle un 3 a este libro. Pero no. Porque pienso que la idea es demasiado buena para darle un 3. Me encantó desde el primer momento. Un mundo perfecto, en el que no hay enfermedades, ni sentimientos, ni muerte prematura. Podría sonar atractivo. Pero este libro nos muestra los muchos inconvenientes que podría tener este estúpido mundo perfecto.

Los personajes están bien, pero no son demasiado profundos. Y ahí es donde quería llegar yo. Los personajes son demasiado planos porque el lib
Aug 04, 2015 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This novella by Westerfeld did not disappoint. I just wish it had been longer. It had all the elements of a typical work of his and the same intrigue that got me to read the Uglies series; again, I just wish there had been more.
Este relato para mi es una relectura. Cuando vi que Scott Westerfeld habia publicado un nuevo libro y tenia una portada tan bonita ni me pense en leerlo. Mi sorpresa fue bastante grande cuando me fije en que era un relato y mayor aun cuando vi que ya lo habia leido hace bastantes años como un relato que formaba parte de las antologias que salieron de añor en el infierno, vacaciones en el iniferno... Pese a todo decidi releerlo ya que recordaba perfectamente la historia y que me habia gustado muc ...more
La trama prometía demasiado, es una buenísima idea e innovadora de la forma en que quiso llevar esta distopía, sin embargo los personajes y la historia no se supieron desarrollar.
Ambos personajes fueron flojos, no sentí ninguna conexión con ellos y ni siquiera pude asimilar a que era lo que el autor quería llegar.
Debió explayarse más, la trama lo requería me quedo la incógnita de ¿como el mundo llego a ser así? ¿qué fue lo que paso? y muchísimas más.
Para ser una historia corta no funciono, re
The Scarcity class idea was really interesting. Westerfeld was able to create a futuristic world within this short story that's unique and interesting. Kieran and Maria were good main charaters and I liked how the story alternate from their POV in each chapters. Both of the characters needed each other to finish it and that ended up being a wonderful story. It was a fun read.
The problem with this novella is the lack of world building. Meaning, we're thrown I quite wide amount of terms and such with no explanation whatsoever. We know they can teletransport themselves, that technology evolved a lot, but there's no development of it. Westerfeld just wrote as if we were perfectly aware of what this new world the main characters are living is like. But we are not. I understand this is a short story but, if so, the author should've narrowed the vision and don't throw that ...more
Heidi (yabibliophile)
Love, love, love this short story... just wish I would have known it was the same one I read in the Love is Hell anthology. I bought it without reading what it was about because I wanted to read all the Harper Teen Impulse titles! Still, it's a GREAT story.
Este es un libro a pesar de ser sumamente corto me pareció especial y fascinante no sabemos nada sobre el mundo en el quien María y kieran viven solo que no existen enfermedades, peste y hambre es un mundo perfecto.
La trama se basa en que ambos deben preparar un proyecto final para su clase de escasez en donde no se permite el uso de ningún invento futurista y tratar de vivir como "sus antepasados”. María escoge su proyecto sobre la no regulación de hermonas mientras que Kieran elige dormir y am
Kari Ramirez
Ha! This was awesome! I love how Westerfeld's mind works. The Uglies is one of my favorite series so I shouldn't be surprised that he's come up with another crazy world to write about. I love just about everything in this novella. I love that they can teleport to the moon, they don't sleep, Kieran hangs out at the North Pole, I love "headspace" and that they can't go outside their apartments because the parks are protected wildlife areas. But I love Scarcity the most. Seriously? A class about ho ...more
The story was interesting, but I wish it had been longer, as the ending felt very abrupt. I guess I missed that it was a novella when I got it.
Evelyn Schaechtele
I loved this, the concept is amazing. I think it's a pity that it wasn't explored more deeply... I wish the story had been a little longer... But the length had a good thing: I was able to convince my sister about Scott Westerfeld's talent, since I was able to r3ead this to her within 2 hours. She's not a big reader, especially when there are no pictures or only few, so sometimes I try to read to her so that she can share some of the adventures I've had.
She enjoyed the story as much as I did and
I absolutely loved this book!! I assumed it would be a dystopia but it was more of an actual utopia, though I would need a bit more info to determine that. I want so much more of this world and these characters. I knew just a few pages in that I was going to want more than 57 pages (which ended up only being 41 with a preview at the end, ahhhh). I would read an entire series about student’s scarcity projects and would love to learn more about the rules of the world, such as how much choice these ...more
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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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