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Uglies, The Collector's Set (Uglies #1-4)

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Westerfeld's #1 New York Times-bestselling Uglies series is now available in a collectible paperback boxed set. It includes Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.
Paperback, 1680 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon Pulse
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Shul
May 02, 2011 Shul rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, dystopian
When these books first came out, I was reluctant to read them. I suspected that - because of the covers - the books were the type of books I didn't care to read: stories of preppy, perfect girls and rejects. I had read Westerfeld's series The Midnighters, but none of his other series. A year after I read The Midnighters, I finally took Uglies out from the library with a sense of 'what the hell, I have nothing else to read.' Within the first few pages, I was drawn into a story of not only interes ...more
Tori
Jun 07, 2013 Tori rated it liked it
I made it through book three in this four book "trilogy" and just can't stomach reading any more. I'm just so sick of Tally-wa and Shay-la and all of their bubbly and icy speak that I'm totally hurly-making. Maybe if I hadn't read them so quickly it wouldn't be this horrible? Book one was a definite keeper. After that, they fell apart- mostly because of the annoying pretty-speaking that they do. I will be totally amazing-missing by skipping the last book, probably, but it's a chance I'm willing ...more
Alicia
Dec 01, 2009 Alicia rated it it was ok
I stopped in the middle of book 3. I was SOOOO bored. When will it end? So boring. And not very well told. The main character is not likable. Why would you write a story and tell it from the perspective of a super unsympathetic narrator? Near the end of book 3 I was seriously hoping for her demise. I wanted her to meet a horrible and violent end. Well, maybe not her END, but I wanted her to "GET IT" for all the trouble she called.

The girl cannot make a good decision if her life depends on it. A
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Jackiepellecchia
Jackie Pellecchia
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Ms. Peritore
April 9, 2012
The Specials
Non-fiction and realistic books tend to keep me interested more than fictional stories with magic. I am more interested in these types of books because I rather read a book about something that could happen rather than something that is all imagination. Scott Westerfield is a great author and does a great job of combining both of these elements in all of his books. I am truly fascinated in his set of books which include The Uglies, The
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Carol Brannigan
Jan 28, 2011 Carol Brannigan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Quite a nice quick read with tons of social/moral and ethical questions raised. I want call it on a similar level of Orwell's "1984" but with a strong focus for YA readers and not nearly quite as dark or hopeless.

Uglies: A little slow start on this one and the "teenage" babble was a little tedious at first and then I realize that was the whole plan. Make the reader so bombarded with Tally's quest to be pretty that when truth and reality hit her it crashed her entire world and forced her to see t
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Selaine Henriksen
May 01, 2013 Selaine Henriksen rated it liked it
As I typed in the titles of this series I realised this is one of the few times that having the story divided into separate books actually makes sense, rather than just a chapter divide. In each story our heroine is basically a different person and is dealing with a different aspect of the futuristic society. Hard not to give spoilers in this review. I will say the first book was hard to finish. It's like YA writing from A to B. And I didn't like the betrayal of the girlfriend; it seemed unneces ...more
Anita
Apr 03, 2011 Anita rated it it was amazing
OH......MY........GOOGILY-MOOGILY!!!! WHY DID HE STOP AFTER FOUR BOOKS?!? THESE BOOK WERE AWESOME! IT AMAZING HOW HE ADDED IN VERSIONS OF THE PAST AND THE NEW FUTURE! THESE BOOKS GOT ME SOOOO ADDICTED TO THEM THAT WHEN I FINSHED ONE (WHICH TOOK ME ABOUT TWO DAYS) I WOULD NEARLY HAV A PANIC ATTACK TO GET TO THE NEXT ONE. I WAS BUMMED OUT ONCE I FOUND OUT THAT THERE WERE ONLY 4 BOOKS THOUGH. THE FIRST 3 BOOKS ARE ABOUT TALLY AND HOW SHE WENT THROUGH 3 TRANSFORMATIONS AND STILL MANAGES TO BE A REBE ...more
Nicole Pulver
Sep 26, 2010 Nicole Pulver rated it liked it
I liked the books overall, their were a few annoying points however. First off, the were way over enviornmental, I'm all about helping the enviornment, but not at the expense of humans. The book was pretty preachy about how humans eat meat and cut down trees, and how they should never populate the whole earth again and drones on about over population. Honestly I think children are more important than a few trees. The other annoying point, was that they used a really ditsy type of lingo, I unders ...more
Dr.Given
Jun 10, 2011 Dr.Given rated it really liked it
Wouldn't it be better if no one was "ugly"? What if society had a way to make everyone beautiful - no more envy, no more issues like eating disorders or feelings of inferiority? What starts as a plan to improve life for its citizens ends up as not such a great idea. This is a good series for exploring Utopia, science fiction and beliefs about our appearance. It took me a while to get into the first book, but I like the way the voice of the main narrator changes as she goes through different expe ...more
Emily
Mar 03, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
I reeeeeeeally wanted to like these books. I thought the concept was creative, and liked where it was going in the first 2 books. When I got to the third book, I completely lost interest. I did not like what happened to the main character, and felt like her personality was lost by the end of the series.

Also the slang kind of annoyed me after a while . . .

The fourth book seemed to be more of an add on rather than an actual part of the series. I did think it was pretty cute, and it read a bit like
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Leisha'sinfiction
Jan 01, 2013 Leisha'sinfiction rated it really liked it
I remember reading this series when I was in middle school going through my Twilight Phase and always wondered why this wasn't a movie? I love this series so much, it's not just about a boy and a girl it's about the things around them. It's about what happens when they turn 16 and finally get to be a 'Pretty'. I love this series because its very original and it's so creative. It really is one of my favorite series even if I read it like five years ago, that's how good it is that I still consider ...more
Sarah R
Sep 28, 2010 Sarah R rated it really liked it
I am torn between 3 and 4 stars, so I will be generous and round up to 4 because I did really enjoy reading them. I am rating them altogether instead of seperately because I read them so quickly that they are pretty much just one book in my head. They weren't groundbreaking, but they were fun, interesting, quick, easy books to read.
Kara
Feb 13, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
I LOVED these books. Scott Westerfeld has such andinteresting writing style.
He started off uglies great right away talking about the salmon cat vomit pink sky. I hate when it takes a couple chapters for the book to be good.
Megan
Feb 24, 2011 Megan is currently reading it
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Best books ever... If you read this another good book to have is Bogus to bubbly. Bogus to Bubbly is a guide to the series. But only look up what you are reading about or you will already know too much!!!!
Leila
Nov 05, 2010 Leila rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much!! the fact that its set in the futur where hoverboards can work perfectly! would be a dream come true. this series can possibly keep me up night, by the unexcepted happenings.
Trish
May 17, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a great series, very happy-making :)
Betsy
Mar 13, 2011 Betsy added it
It was totally bubbly to read ;)
Mana
Jun 23, 2011 Mana rated it really liked it
i liked the series and was glad i read it.
MymcplSmithville
Nov 02, 2016 MymcplSmithville rated it really liked it
What I liked:
This book series has a little bit of everything. A heroine who puts everything she's got into achieving her goals. Likable characters. A plot that you can enjoy and a conclusion that leaves you content after you've made it to the end, even if it wasn't perfect. The MC was capable with and without her friends supporting her but the book does a good job showing her limitations. The romance in the story drives it without being the focus of the book, which is amazing. The love hate rel
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Bored to Death book club
For every book we read during the book club, one of our book club members will write a review. This way anyone who couldn’t be there, can still join in with the fun! Our eleventh YA book is the Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld and the review is written by Gwen Kerkhof Mogot.

Scott Westerfeld’s The Uglies Quartet, a classic in the YA-dystopian genre, was our summer read. I added the four books to my pile of Holiday Reads and the promising blurb “Before The Hunger Games there was… Uglies” lured m
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Shell
Mar 20, 2017 Shell rated it liked it
Ok series. Didnt enjoy 'Extras' so much
Lauren
Dec 21, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
OVERALL: ~2.6 stars

Uglies (Uglies #1) - 3 stars
All Tally ever wanted was to be pretty. That is exactly what she gets when she turns sixteen, there is a catch though, Special Circumstances wants her to find her friend Shay who escaped before becoming pretty. As Tally embarks on the adventure of her life there is a deep secret rooted in the New Pretty town and Tally has to figure out a way to stop the corruption.

I thought this was a really interesting concept and I liked the characters. Tally did
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Kelly Copeland
Sep 21, 2016 Kelly Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! Filled with action. Amazing!!!
Susan
Jun 23, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Yukka
Dec 13, 2013 Yukka rated it liked it
The protagonist in these books (except the last one) really does make you want to throw the book across the room. She's just. Incredibly. Selfish. With lack of a moral compass. You keep hoping she finds it in the end, that she develops a conscience. But... Nah. And there's not that many books that can make you hate the main character so much! (Bella Swan ain't nothing on Tally Youngblood).

BUT this had a rather unexpected consequence for me -- it made me love reality. Most fiction books are forms
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Heather Reese
I couldn't find the book The Specials on this site for some reason so I just added the series. The Specials is the 3rd book in the series beginning with The Uglies. This book continues a story of a society that is over controlled based on looks. In this book Tally (the main character) is confronted by the mysterious group of Specials who are so much more than the average pretty. Tally becomes a Special. The reader enters her thoughts as she battles a rebel force and tries to keep her mind on the ...more
Jaclyn
Aug 29, 2015 Jaclyn rated it it was ok
I loved Uglies to pieces. So much adventure, a good historical setup and impending plot, Tally being an interesting anomaly to the novel's message. Great first book.

But with Pretties and Specials, it's a rehash of the main conflict Tally had in Uglies, just on different sides. There's no growth to Tally as a character after the first book, just her and Shay being dramatic and everyone making the same mistakes as before. Additionally, I was hoping for more worldbuilding (view spoiler)
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Brittany
Dec 22, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
Okay, so I'm on the third book now and I really don't know if I will finish. The series is interesting in a way. I appreciate the overall concept of the story, but I feel like so much time is spent developing the language that not a lot is actually being said. Tally is to say the least a very confused girl. Even when she had her own mind, she couldn't really make it up. More than anything I think that Tally just goes with whatever she is given, never really making solid choices of her own, and n ...more
Caroline Heeb Hicks
Mar 24, 2011 Caroline Heeb Hicks rated it it was ok
Uglies- Was pretty interesting right off the bat, then it got slow and I wasn't sure how much more I wanted to read. The last 1/3 of the book was really good, and I'm so ready to reads Pretties. I only give it 3 stars though because I think the character development is a little weak and there aren't enough mushy scenes. :) Still, good story line.

Pretties- I liked better than the Uglies, but I think I decided that I'm not a fan of male authors and their relationship building. Ended kind of abrubt
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♥ Susan
Though I rated this series as separate books on GoodReads -- because I thought the fourth book, surprisingly, deserved a higher rating than the first three -- I am writing a quick word of warning about this collective ebook collection, which is how I purchased it:

The titles are, ridiculously, *out of order*. Because there is no book covers (just a brief b&w title page), and for some reason it was put together with continuous page numbers (they are not numbered per book as they were written
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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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