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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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Jun 02, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobook, fromthelibrary, ya, scifi
Recommended for: people looking for a quick ya sci-fi read
Read in June, 2008

So, hey, I ended up liking this book! I will read the other two in the trilogy forthwith. It seems like they were MEANT to be a trilogy, so hopefully they won't be suddenly terrible.

The narrator was pretty annoying, but I got used to it. And the blurb said that the book is for nine and up, so I guess it makes sense that she was so sing-songy about it. I'll be reading the next two in the flesh, though.

It's not exactly breaking any new ground in terms of scifi themes (in the future, there is no war and everyone gets along, but it's because everyone's been brainwashed to think that everything is great! Oh you don't say!), but there are enough neat gadgets to keep my attention. And the kids don't make a bunch of dumb decisions that make me want to kill them, but not so many good ones that it's unrealistic.

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message 1: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Intile is the story itself? i had added this series to my "to-read" list but too much cheesy young adult reading turns my brain to mush...

Kerry It's not bad! I mean it's definitely a book written for kids. The themes are pretty basic: friendship, loyalty, independence, and of course judgment based on aesthetics. But the sci-fi aspects of it are interesting enough to keep me involved, and I'm already halfway through it. I imagine the book's a super quick read, so I do recommend borrowing it from the library!

message 3: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Intile did you see the twilight zone episode that i'm assuming this is based on? where they make everyone pretty (there are like 5 different models you can choose from) but while they are making you pretty they also make you kind of a conforming robot. and then of course there is one girl that wants to stay ugly and there you go. same story. but anyway, sounds good.

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