This novel had some good points, but overall it felt cliched. The story started slow, than was rushed at the end. The characters - especially the side...moreThis novel had some good points, but overall it felt cliched. The story started slow, than was rushed at the end. The characters - especially the side characters - also didn't have much depth. I honestly had a bit of trouble, at times, telling Ben's friends apart. I thought Janelle bordered on being annoying at times and I just didn't care that much for Ben.
All that aside, it was a quick read that was addicting; I finished in a day. I would give it a solid 3 and I'm interested in the second book. (less)
I really wanted to like this novel a lot more than I did.
I think the main issue I had with it is this: Jon, Dany, and Tyrion take up about 90% of the...moreI really wanted to like this novel a lot more than I did.
I think the main issue I had with it is this: Jon, Dany, and Tyrion take up about 90% of the novel. Jon's story line is repetitive; Dany's story line has never been a favorite, but now it's just repetitive and stalled; Tyrion's story line has just been a great big pity party since book three. As always, GRRM needs another editor, because (at least) 100 pages of this novel could have been cut without losing anything. Meanwhile, you have several characters: Arya, Theon, Jamie, etc who have really interesting things going on. But, they barely get any chapters. Or they just aren't in the novel.
Oh dear, this book was just not for me. The main characters were just so. . .dumb and googly-eyed at one another. I loved the idea behind the novel, b...moreOh dear, this book was just not for me. The main characters were just so. . .dumb and googly-eyed at one another. I loved the idea behind the novel, but it just didn't work for me. Thank goodness I only paid seven dollars for this instead of the eighteen dollar cover price. (less)
**spoiler alert** Uglies is a summer read, a beach novel. It’s got some deeper ideas, but it’s written in such a way that the whole thing is a breeze...more**spoiler alert** Uglies is a summer read, a beach novel. It’s got some deeper ideas, but it’s written in such a way that the whole thing is a breeze to get through. I finished all four hundred and six pages in two days or roughly four hours. The story is fairly simple: Tally wants to be a pretty, but when her new friend Shay runs away, Tally is forced by the authorities to find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty.
The basic idea of the world is fairly interesting: a government makes its population beautiful and vapid, in order to control them. A few outsiders (some ex-Pretties) take young Uglies (teens pre-pretty operation) to the Smoke. In the Smoke everyone works and lives free. Sounds good; sounds like a story. Only, it’s not. Like, I felt that Westerfeld was trying to explore things, but he never really did.
I had some problems with this novel:
01. The city government knows about the Smoke. They’ve known for years. So, instead of taking some Uglies that are young teens and turning them into spies, they send a sixteen year old (who really knows nothing about anything) off to find the Smoke. I kind of understand why – she already has an in with Shay. But, it would have made more sense if the government had trained double agents.
02.I suppose the book is trying to have a message about beauty only being skin deep and freedom to think and speak and all. Yet, I was really distracted with every character saying “Ugly” or/and “Pretty” every few lines.
03.David felt shallow to me. He felt like a device to explain the horrors of being Pretty (via his parents) and to be a love interest for Tally (and Shay). I don’t feel like David’s a real person or even all that likeable. If he died tomorrow, I wouldn’t care.
04.The same can be said of Tally. She’s spoiled, naïve, etc. Understandable all things considered. But, I didn’t feel like she really grew as a character. I felt like a lot of her choices were because of guilt or hormones. It isn’t until she learns the secrets that she starts to grow. Even then, I feel like Tally never became a true character.
05.If Shay and Tally’s catfight over David is a major plot device in the next two novels. . .that will be beyond disappointing.
06.Four hundred and six pages felt almost too long for this story. And yet I walked away feeling like not much happened.
All that aside, I like the world that was somewhat set up by Westerfeld. So, one and a half points for the ideas behind the world of Uglies. I just wish it had been explored a little bit more. (less)
A thoughtful and thought provoking novel. Eva is a sympathetic and strong character. Her wanting to be her own person, while having to be someone else...moreA thoughtful and thought provoking novel. Eva is a sympathetic and strong character. Her wanting to be her own person, while having to be someone else is heartbreaking at times. I do wish the adults and their motives were more clear; and, I think the love triangle was useless and flat. Plus, the ending felt a bit rushed.
The main draw is the whole 'Echo' thing. Something I wish was explored more. The idea of what makes a person and the idea of who has a soul and what a soul is. . .it's great. Really interesting stuff. Like I said, I just wish it had been explored more. I'd love to know about other echos, especially ones that have rebelled or "gone wrong". (less)