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The Uglies Trilogy (Uglies #1-3)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  13,304 Ratings  ·  800 Reviews
This arc of Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES trilogy follows the high-tech adventures of Tally Youngblood. As an ugly, then a pretty, and finally a special, Tally works to take down a society created to function with perfect-looking people who never have a chance to think for themselves.
Boxed Set, 1216 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Simon Pulse
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Kira I'm a little late to the party, but I'd like to add my input, because I read the book in 8th grade, and I was only 12 (I was the youngest in my…moreI'm a little late to the party, but I'd like to add my input, because I read the book in 8th grade, and I was only 12 (I was the youngest in my class). It does have some "graphic" (for a lack of better words) concepts, in the fact:


The doctors do put legions on the brains of the "pretties" during their surgery to keep them dumb, in book 2 sex is mentioned for one sentence in passing ("She warned me not to get drawn in. She warned me about sex"), and nanobots to start destroying someone's brain, and in the third book there is graphic self-harming.

If the 6th grader has worldy experience, or you are willing to explain concepts to them, it's perfectly fine! My sister read it before I did (she was 14) and she talked to me about it, so even at 12 I could understand what was going on.(less)

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Oct 06, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Wow, these books are amazing. I guess I'm on a government conspiracy kick lately. But really. Read these books.

Uglies: The world has been perfected. No one is jealous, no one has an eating disorder. No one goes to unreasonable lengths to be beautiful. When you turn 16 you have an operation, and magically you're beautiful, as well as stronger and disease resistant. Tally just wants to grow up, have her operation and be a bubble-headed pretty like all the rest. But, how good of a book would this b
Michelle Rever
Mar 23, 2009 Michelle Rever rated it really liked it
We've now crossed over to YA territory. The series is about Tally Youngblood who lives in a society that makes everybody pretty on their 16th birthdays. Before that, teens are called uglies, and children littlies. Tally meets a girl named Shayla who tells her that there is a secret society of people who opted not to be made pretty, and that there might be some sinister stuff happening underneath all the symmetrical features and glittering parties on the Pretty side of the river.

There is a lot of
Jessica T
Mar 22, 2008 Jessica T rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. Some of the coolest books i have come across. What with the entire mindset and all. Every one is apparently born ugly. They are taught to hate themselves. Then when they come of age everyone is given a large amount of plastic surgery, to make them "Pretty". I loved the plot of the entire series, from where tally starts out just like all the other uglies, to having to make a choice about whether to turn in her friend or not get the surgery, and then being forced to turn, and ...more
Aug 16, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
The Uglies Trilogy contains three stories about the same character, Tally, as she finds her place in a post-apocalyptic earth. A biochemical weapon went out of control and invested the world's oil supply, destroying life in the process. Now, controlled cities with extreme rules on physical appearance are the name of the game. In the first book, The Uglies, Tally watches as all her friends turn 16 and get the extreme plastic surgery to become Pretties. As an Ugly, she can't wait. Until she meets ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Brianna by: My little sister.
I love this series. They are so interesting. The Uglies is set in the future and looks back to our current time as being savage and outdated. It's makes you look at the way we live our lives now, right now when we are at the peak of technology and culture.
One of the best thing about this trilogy is that there is no simple good and evil. In the first book, you think the good and evil is clear, but then in the second book things change, and the good is not purely good, and the evil not purely evi
Sep 21, 2011 Carlin rated it liked it
I wish I could give this series a higher rating. I LOVED Uglies. I was intrigued by the idea of a society where everyone got surgery at a certain age to make them all beautiful. Uglies was really interesting and set up a good story line. Pretties, the sequel, wasn't as good as Uglies, but I also thought it was intriguing. But the last book, Specials, was terrible. It was the same story as the first two with just a few twists, and it had gotten old by that point. I didn't like the ending at all. ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
I read the first book as a part of a book club. I would say that it is a great read for a 14-year-old girl, which is why I rated it with 2/5 stars. However, I, a 25-year-old girl, wasn't interested in the plot, was annoyed by the protagonist, and was not drawn in by the style of writing. I have no intentions of seeing the series through to the end, but I know some young girls who may in fact enjoy it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend they give it a shot. As for adult book clubbers, I would ...more
Diana Grace
Feb 28, 2015 Diana Grace rated it did not like it
I'm being generous, because the first book had a lot of potential but didn't really pull me in to the story.
But being me I wanted to continue and see where this potential would go. That was a terrible decision.
Though the first book was moderately good and had potential, the books continued on a downward spiral of bad writing, bad story lines, and just overall unenjoyable. As a result I was not able to finish this series. I don't know how I did it, but I somehow forced myself to continue until
Katie S
Jun 20, 2008 Katie S rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young teens
Tally (the main character) is living in a world where the goal is to become "pretty". Until Tally turns 16, she lives in dull Uglyville. The book Uglies, tells of Tally's journey to become prettified, and her friend Shay's fight to escape the pretty operation. This book is hard to describe so I recommend reading it for yourself. This is the same with the other books in this series, Pretties and Specials. Please just read them i cant think of anything to say about the books, sorry.
Feb 23, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Imagine a world where everyone was beautiful, because everyone underwent mandatory reconstructive plastic surgery at a certain age. A world where you are an outlaw if you chose not to....
Molly Kathleen
Jan 08, 2016 Molly Kathleen rated it really liked it
Good series. Fast pasted, very addictive!
Jan 27, 2014 Kaylee rated it really liked it
The book that I chose to read was called the “Uglies”. The Uglies was written by Scott Westerfeld. The book was published by Simon Pulse in 2005. This is a teen fiction book and has an interesting story line. The Uglies is about a girl named Tally who wants to become a “Pretty”, there is an operation that happens when you turn 16. However Tally’s new friend Shay has run off and Tally must bring her back in order to become a “Pretty”. Will Tally betray her friend or keep the secret?
Tally is the
Jul 30, 2016 AlenGarou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2009 Monique rated it it was amazing

The book Uglies must be one of the greatest books I have ever read. From beginning to end the book has kept my eyes reading every single word, creating a picture in my mind every second of the way. Scott Westerfeld does a fantastic job of creating a wonderful story. The theme of the story is so full of such a different society than ours today. The setting in the story has a more hi-tech way of living for the characters in the book. Something new that caught my eye the most, which is the most im
Aug 25, 2016 Anna added it
I think that the book was actually pretty good but I think that it was a little too long. Why does “The Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld have to be so long? The book was very interesting but it was so long. If you are like me then you would maybe don’t want to read it because it is a very long book. I think that reading this book is kind of worth it because it felt like I was like in the book and I was living that Tally’s life. I think maybe it fits adventure because Tally escaped uglyville and went ...more
Lu (Sugar & Snark)
Oct 08, 2012 Lu (Sugar & Snark) rated it really liked it
Series review:

This is a series I have wanted to read for awhile and finally got the chance to when a group member on goodreads nominated it for a challenge. Well only the first book, but I couldn’t stop there, I devoured the series in a about 4 days!

Tally Youngblood’s world was absolutely fascinating! The way society view beauty and what is beautiful felt very real and very scary.


Tally – Although she often irritated me with her decisions she came into her own and I must say the Tally
Sep 12, 2013 Ava added it
The Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld isn't just a book that has a boring beginning middle and end. The book truly allows the readers to think about what they would do in the characters position. Three main characters Tally, Shay, and David fear living in the "Smoke", while trying to stay out of danger and away from "New Pretty Town". It all started when Tally Youngblood, a girl who wanted to become pretty all her life, met a girl named Shay. Tally was so excited to finally turn 16 and become ...more
Liz Bollinger
Tally Youngblood, a fifteen year old girl who recently lost her bestfriend Peris. She didn't lose him to death however, he turned pretty. On everyone's sixteenth birthday they get a special operation, to where they turn pretty and live on a whole different side of town. The "uglies" which include Tally, her new friend Shay and anyone under the age of sixteen, have to stay out of sight from the pretties. Tally doesn't exactly follow the rules, and in the mist of all this, she meets a girl named ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it
This book is about a girl who lives in a post-apocolyptic world where, in order to prevent humans natural instinct of selfishness and aggression from ruining the world again, all children are given plastic surgery in the form of lesions when they turn 16, which makes them more attractable, but also takes away from ambition. No one wants to turn away from the system, but because she was blackmailed into not receiving it, she must out other uglies who have run away.

What I really enjoyed was the li
May 15, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Sarah by: Carla
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May 21, 2009 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it it was amazing
This series is one of the best I have ever encountered. There are so many levels to the different issues, morals and politics that Scott Westerfeld delves into in this highly imaginative perception of the future. Tally Youngblood on her hoverboard is an unorthodox heroine and I loved her sense of adventure. I loved how nothing was simple in this book--the good guys weren't so pure and the bad guys weren't all bad. The Rusties could be touted for their desire to live live on their own terms, but ...more
Indhira Mehalingam
Nov 01, 2011 Indhira Mehalingam rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Let me clarify here that I am not a teen but yet still i like this book alot. Let me list out the why I really like the book. The pace of the book was too good for me and before anything I should definitely mention the vivid imagination of the fiction in this book. Amazing! Really, unlike the all time travelling, alien, vampire science fiction, this book was different. The writing style was good. I liked it. The whole book held my interest till the very last page.

This book
Kenda Kat
Aug 14, 2008 Kenda Kat rated it it was amazing
This is a futuristic series based on the adventures of Tally, Shay and her many friends. They go on many adventures (most often a bit rebellious). The not so nice Dr.Cable is always trying to get her to follow the rules. (As you read the books, you'll see that there are quite a number of rules. Like I said about the book series of Stefanie Meyer's, as you read these books, you will not want to put them down. So hope you enjoy!
Clint Howarth
Nov 17, 2009 Clint Howarth rated it liked it
I started off reading them just to see what the current state of writing for curious girls, but ended up enjoying them in their own right. These are cool little books.

It's been a long time since I've read books for teens, and I'm really glad that authors like Scott Westerfeld are writing about themes that many books deal with like romance and identity, but also like resisting anger and self-destruction.

I look forward to sharing these books with my daughters!
Dec 15, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok
UGH. Did not like these, but read because my daughter liked them and wanted to discuss. I hated the lead character because she was so wishy-washy (in order for the author to prove a point which I won't give away here) and I was DEEPLY uncomfortable with some of the themes (self-starvation, cutting, etc). However as a basis for dialog about typical tween/teen issues, like cultural beauty norms and the difficulties in being your authentic self, it's pretty good.
May 05, 2015 Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutti: 5/5
Perfetti: 3/5
Speciali: 4,5/5

L'idea generale è molto buona e realizzata molto bene. La parte centrale l'ho trovata un po' piatta, mentre la fine è azzeccatissima.
Uno di quei finali in cui dici "E' così che doveva finire!"
Jun 23, 2011 Breanne rated it it was ok
This book had a good idea for a story line but didn't go anywhere extrodinary like you would expect.
Apr 14, 2015 Brianna rated it really liked it
It was a fantastic trilogy and it was fun to follow the dystopian world that Tally lives in. I love the ending mostly because I always envisioned her with David instead of Zane.
Dec 05, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Read these on my roommates recommendation. I loved the first one, enjoyed the second, and then felt like the third was just the same as all the before.
Vitoria Pires
Apr 03, 2015 Vitoria Pires rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. I live this whole series. I recommend it to anyone
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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.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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Other Books in the Series

Uglies (4 books)
  • Uglies (Uglies, #1)
  • Pretties (Uglies, #2)
  • Specials (Uglies, #3)
  • Extras (Uglies, #4)

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“Frighteningly Beautiful, Dangerously Strong, Breathtakingly Fast.
Face it Tally-wa you're special...”
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