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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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Oct 11, 11

Read from August 28 to October 09, 2011

Westerfeld begins Part II of the book Uglies with this quote from Francis Bacon, “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” The story takes place in a world in which all inhabitants turn “Pretty” on their sixteenth birthday by having a series of operations to make them look similar. The kids are raised to look at turning 16 as the beginning of the rest of their lives which of course makes some of them question the value of appearances and specifically individuality. Uglies is not simply a philosophical book, the main characters Tally and Shay have an epic adventure which is continued throughout the other books in the series. It's both a thought provoking and thrilling read with a fully realized alternate world which leads to deep question possibilities for book clubs and group reading projects.
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