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Uglies (Uglies #1)

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Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn’t sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are ...more
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Published April 8th 2008 by Recorded Books (first published 2005)
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Sparrow
Jul 26, 2009 Sparrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read Graceling instead!
I need to never run into Scott Westerfeld down a dark alley, or during a Civil War reenactment, or at Charlton Heston's house, or wherever. My deep desire not to be arrested for murder would have an epic battle with my need to reach for a weapon when I see his stupid face. In all fairness, as you see, I coughed up three stars for this book, so I will clarify that my empty threatening is really directed toward Pretties and Specials (books two and three in this series). I'm posting this review on ...more
Stephen
So my wife and I occasionally swap books which may seem a little kooky. However, you have to keep things spicy when you’ve been married as long as we have and since nipple showers with hot candle wax make me break out into shouts of “FUCKARELLA THAT HURTS” we needed some alternative sizzle. So she hooks me up with this little philly of a novel while I matched her with The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Well…my wife loved the book I set her up with….as I knew she would because it is all over awesome. Of c
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Emma
Apr 16, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve only seen one episode of The Twilight Zone. In this episode, a woman undergoes a battery of surgeries to look normal. At the end of the episode, viewers learn that this latest surgery has failed: the woman is still hideous. Except that to the audience she is beautiful. Online research led me to another episode where teenagers are surgically altered to live longer and conform to a unified standard of beauty (based on a limited number of acceptable “models”). “Uglies,” Scott Westerfeld’s dyst ...more
Cécilia L.
EDIT : One thing I forgot. I'm even more angered at this book when I think about the trees that gave their lives for this so-called piece of literature. May they rest in peace.

Nope, couldn’t finish it. Sigh. I thought I was going to like this one. It started off fine and all. And then everything fell apart. Yes, that dramatic.

Am I the only one who was deeply offended by this piece of crap ? This book is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The writing itself isn’t particularly… well, isn’t anything really. But t
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Three hundred years after an apocalyptic-sized disaster that reshaped the world, Tally is about to turn 16 and pretty. In her contained, isolated, self-sufficient city - just like all the other contained, isolated, self-sufficient cities - the operation to make her pretty will be intensive, extreme and, as far as she and everyone else alive is concerned, absolutely worth it. Once she's pretty, she'll go to live across the river in New Pretty Town and party the nights away, loved by all.

It's a sh
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Reed
Jul 09, 2008 Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember my initial disappointment when Scott Westerfeld switched from adult sf to YA fiction. How could he do this to me? I liked his books, but I don't wanna read a dopey YA novel!

I'd read in an interview that it was mostly a financial decision--the YA market has exploded, and that's where the money is right now. How can you fault a guy for trying to make a living?

As a junior high Language Arts teacher, it's impossible not to notice that Westerfeld's first YA series has done extremely well.
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María
Do you know that feeling, when you really want to punch a character in the face? Well, Tally Youngblood, you must be grateful that I can't see your face.


Now I should stop the rant... the book itself was a quick read, but I don't get the hype. Enjoyable, yes. Good, not that much. I'm not really sure if I'll ever finish this series. Maybe one day if I'm actually bored.
   Maggie
DNF at 42%...

I don't want to be ugly all my life. I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And for everyone who sees me to think 'Who's that?' and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say.


Rating: 2/5

“Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

Seeing this book always popping up every time I searched for best YA novels, I knew I just HAD to read this. I've been actually saving this trilogy for a special reading occasion because I am really into dystopians and discovering this series was written even before the Hunger Games, I expected that I will be more than impressed. Sad to say, the book did not meet my expectation. Sure, the concept is cute- every one at the age of 16 gets operated on to become pretty while every body else is consi
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Thomas
May 11, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: Read it in 2008; read it again in school
"Uglies" is about Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, much to her liking. This is a futuristic novel, and when you turn sixteen you get an operation to make you "pretty". What being pretty means is that you have all your bones taken and ground, your skin re-sized and your whole entire body is basically re-done. Like a huge surgery. The thing is, during her wait to turn sixteen (Tally was the youngest in her group of friends) she meets a girl named Shay, who doesn't want to get the op ...more
Ryan
Sep 02, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go a little crazy if I read more than one Margaret Atwood novel a year. I hope I'm not alone in this. I get the feeling that Atwood's sharp, but her writing is filed to a finer edge. I realized a while ago that one book per year was enough.

I have a similar reaction to Stephen King, though I'm not sure why. I really loved The Stand, but when it was over I knew that I wasn't going to read another of his works for a while.

At first, I thought this meant that I didn't like Stephen King and Margaret
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Michael
Oct 08, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
Feb 24, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: From Coventry's "take my books" party
I'd heard of this book before, but I didn't realize it was futuristic. The story line is one you've all heard before--in the future, everyone is forced into some nutso plastic surgery which makes you gorgeous, and of course, the post ops spend all day living it up and having a grand ol' time because they're brainwashed and beautiful. It sounds kinda like an ok life, but there are some folks who are like, "Hellz no, you ain't cuttin' me, beyotch!" So these folks have to become renegades, and that ...more
Amy
After finishing 425 pages that I couldn't put down, I'm finding myself needing to buy the next in the series as soon as possible. No wonder editors are getting copy-cat novels similar to this from aspiring writers.

Uglies tells the story of a post-apocalyptic dystopia where everyone gets a surgery at age 16 to make them "pretty" with a perfect body, perfect face, and diminished personality. This surgery is supposed to prevent people from having an unfair advantage in the workplace because of the
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Macarena
4,75
Wow, que mundo. Que historia. Me encanto espero seguir con la historia pronto porque ese final... i mean, Scott, loquillo, terminar un libro así, no da,o sea... no.
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.

Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 3.5

Well,this was fun.After reading a bazillion bad reviews I thought that this will be really,really bad.But it's not,it's quite amusing actually.The main character,Tally,is really cool.I liked her a lot and I completely understood all of her actions,which is a really rare thing for me.I liked the story line and the whole concept of separating ugly *cough*normal*cough* and pretty people.I also liked the new technology described and used in this book-I'd love to try those hoverboards
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Dystopia28
Mar 29, 2015 Dystopia28 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Okay, so this book was really good! I want to finish Throne of Glass before I move on to Pretties, but I really liked this book! The first and last lines of this book were just.... interesting? My favorite character was Shay, she was so awesome! I hope everything ends up working out for her in the end. Maddy was also pretty awesome. For a woman who is like fifty, she is pretty athletic and awesome! David was a good character, especially when he explained the Rusties. Oh, the Rusties. Tally's vie ...more
April
Nov 17, 2014 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
*2.5 STARS*

Plot: .5
Uglies follows Tally Youngblood, an Ugly living in Uglyville, waiting for her turn to go under the knife and become a Pretty when she turns 16. About a month before her birthday, Tally meets Shay, who is hesitant to become pretty. Tally is left questioning everything she’s ever known about her life and the world she lives in.
I felt like I would have enjoyed this so much more if I read this 5 years ago. This was one of the first young adult dystopian novels out there and I fee
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Stephanie
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is a quick and somewhat enjoyable read.

I have had this one on my list to read for quite some time and really do tend to like YA dystopian fiction. This one did keep me turning the pages, but missed its mark somewhat. Despite it being engaging, it didn't contain much background information on either the event that changed the world or on the characters. Additionally, I did not care for the protagonist.

The premise of the book is that at the age of sixteen, everyone goes
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
All in all, I was VERY impressed with Uglies. Westerfeld is now one of my favorite writers, not only for his immense creativity but also for his ability to blend the JUST RIGHT amount of action, description, and dialogue. This may sound like a weird comparison, but Scott Westerfeld reminds me of a gourmet chef: he knows how to measure out and mix together the right concoction of ingredients in order to make a delicious product!
It made reading Uglies a fun and smooth experience. Let's face it, it
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I love this series! Although a little strange, these books are original, exciting, and enjoyable. After reading Uglies, I went on to read every single book by Scott Westerfeld that I could find. Now he is one of my favorite authors, and I recommend everything that he's written.
Ariel
Apr 03, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WELL THAT WAS GREAT. WOW. WOW. 4.4 STARS. WOOOOO IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

I got this book over a year ago, I received it for Christmas 2011, and had specifically asked for it because I had heard such great hype around it. I tried picking it up around the Christmas period and only got a few pages in and giving up because I was just not in the mood. A couple of days ago though, I have no idea why, I just felt it. Something from above said "You feel like reading Uglies!" And boy, was it just what I neede
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Res
Sep 26, 2007 Res rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, locus_poll
The one where everyone has extensive plastic surgery when they turn sixteen, changing them from study-and-prank-obsessed Uglies into party-obsessed Pretties.

Better than The Secret Hour -- the speculative elements are a lot less perfunctory here -- but it still feels like Science Fiction Lite to me.

You'll notice that when reviewers describe the book, what they describe is the premise -- the Uglies and the Pretties. That's because it's the most interesting thing in the book; you're certainly no
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Andi
Jun 29, 2016 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-archives
Really loved this book! Best dystopia I've read in a long time. Love the world building---definitely one that I wouldn't mind living in. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Sarah
Jul 11, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, overrated
So it took me five days to read this book but it felt like I was reading it for about two weeks. It was so slow and so painful. This book is very overrated, I just don't understand how it's so popular. It never grabbed me and so I just wasn't interested. I'm giving it 2 stars because I'm feeling generous.

What I liked:
- The type of world Scott Westerfeld created. At first I thought it was a silly premise but as the story progressed and I found out more about the world Tally was living in, I und
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Uci
May 10, 2010 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hibah-hadiah
Bayangkan sebuah dunia di mana semua penghuninya bersosok indah. Wajah dan tubuh dalam proporsi sempurna sesuai perhitungan matematis. Kuat dan halus tanpa luka. Tidak ada perang, tidak ada perselisihan karena semua orang sama. Tidak ada penebangan hutan, tidak ada perburuan binatang, tidak ada penambangan minyak untuk bahan bakar. Yang ada hanya daur ulang, tenaga matahari, dan daging dari kedelai. Singkatnya, dunia yang melepaskan diri dari alam bebas. Alam terlalu liar, terlalu sulit dikendal ...more
Camly Nguyen
I'd like to think that this book would've pleased a younger me but I know for a fact that this is a lie because it's the second time that I've picked it up after dnfing it.

All I can say about this book is that if you look at it with a philosophical pov then it's very special and let's you question the true definition of beauty.(Still, do I need a book to tell me this?) Otherwise, Tally is a dumb bitch, David is a true fckboi and Shay is a drama queen. If it makes you feel any better, I think the
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Christina
Almost a month later... I finally finished it. About time.

Like someone else reviewed, this isn't the sort of book you go to when you want to read something brilliant. It is a beach read, something light and fluffy after you've tackled War and Peace. Maybe not even then.

The plot starts off extremely slow, then moves on too quickly. The romance - quick and unbelievable (reminds me slightly of Bella and Edward - there's absolutely no basis for it and they dive right in).

Eventually, the plot does
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Kristi
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Tally and Peris have been best friends since before Tally can remember. Now that Peris is sixteen, Tally won’t see him again for another couple of months. In Tally’s world when you turn sixteen you get to be made pretty.

Tally lives in Uglyville and everyone that lives there is ugly. It isn’t until your sixteen birthday that you undergo the operation that will turn you into a Pretty. Tally can’t wait to be turned pretty for her thin lips to be lusciously full and her eyes to be beautifully spaced
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Tabetha
May 03, 2015 Tabetha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uglies is dynamic, and the future-world feeling happened right away, and I felt I was with the characters at every scene. I feel Scott Westerfeld is a genius at taking young adult issues and placing them throughout the chapters of the book: wanting to fit in, yet wanting to be different; wanting perfection, yet never being able to live up to this ideal. Feel this book and series would make a great film, with its action moments, and deep, emotional scenes. I love the future-speak, which was "pret ...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.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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