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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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Dec 14, 2008

liked it
bookshelves: fer-teenagers-kids-and-younguns, 2009, fantasy-and-some-sci-fi
Recommended to Amanda by: From Coventry's "take my books" party
Read in February, 2009 , read count: 1

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's what this story is about. Renegades living on a commune. Some shit goes down and they get busted and have to go on a rescue mission to get their peeps back.

Though I liked this book just fine, I would not say this book is amazing. It was a decent way to pass the time. My biggest criticism: I wish the main character was a bit more likable--she's a traitor, and I think we're supposed to forgive her, but I don't really want to. And I think she's supposed to be really really smart, too, but... Nah. My biggest "wowie" moment: The technology is pretty cool. And except for the brainwashing, I guess it might be sorta fun to live in that kind of a society--everything is recycled and solar powered, and I don't think anyone needs money to buy stuff. It's just, ask and you shall receive. The lazy man's person's ultimate fantasy.

There are two more books in the series. I'll read the next two if fate dictates it, but I'm not likely to go out tomorrow and buy the box set.
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Reading Progress

02/21/2009 page 61
14.35% "Hey, I saw this in a Twilight Zone episode once. No, wait, there were two..."
02/24/2009 page 341
80.24% "Before I started reading this book, I didn't realize it was kinda futuristic. Also, Tally needs to quit boyfriend-stealing. Beyotch."
02/24/2009 page 343
80.71% "Is the white weed--the orchid--going to become a key player in the story? I wonder..."
02/24/2009 page 403
94.82% "Ha! "Which was worse--a friend with brain damage, or one who despised you?""
02/24/2009 page 425
100.0% "fin!" 8 comments
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message 3: by Matt (new)

Matt Did they all wear silver jumpsuits with a black stripe running down the leg? Just curious...

Amanda Yes!!!

Ok, no...

message 1: by Taylor (new) - added it

Taylor Overand I understand you opinions, but I would have to disagree with you when you say that Tally was a traitor. At the beginning of the novel, I was shocked too when I read that Tally had agreed to give the location of the Smoke to Special Circumstances. I had really liked her up until that point and I couldn't believe that she would betray Shay just to become Pretty. Later when she actually reached the Smoke and decided to stay and not leak the location, it was obvious she had developed as a character and become dynamic. I believe Westerfeld portrayed her as a traitor just to show how powerful and brainwashing the society was on the citizens. Even as an Ugly without the brain lesions, Tally was convinced that being Pretty was more important than anything in the world. She overlooked the basic values of being loyal and trustworthy to your friends just to be Pretty. Once she escaped the society her subconscious kicked in and told her it was wrong. Therefore I do not blame Tally, but instead the society that she lived in.

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