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Uglies: Shay's Story

(Uglies: Graphic Novel #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,725 ratings  ·  363 reviews
“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay

Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 208 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Del Rey
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Callie Rose Tyler
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
This pains me, it really does. I love the original series, I love the world Westerfeld created and I especially enjoyed the character of Shay who, sadly, was more complex and interesting from Tally's point of view.

SIDENOTE: I always pictured Shay black, don't know why but it threw me to see her depicted as white (in fact I picture everyone a lot more....diverse? everyone looked exactly the same I thought that was only supposed to happen AFTER you were made pretty)

BIGGEST issue is with the
Is this necessary? Probably not.
Will I read it? Yes.
Faith M ✨
Having already read Uglies, I found very little of this to be unique, that was not explained in some way in the original series (which did it all in a better, more succinct way). Shay's character felt more like Tally in the beginning and that was frankly very annoying. There were basically no differences in their personalities other than Shay being a lot more annoying than Tally was. Besides that, the art for the characters made every action and movement extremely overly dramatic, and that made ...more
Brigid ✩
Dec 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
This sounds cool. I kind of hated Shay, BUT I'll probably read it anyway. ;)
Michelle Madow
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't typically read manga book (aka I've never read one in my life), but when I saw this was an addition to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, I knew I had to give it a try! I love the Uglies books, so any new view I'm given into the awesome world Scott created is something I love to see.

When I first started reading it was tough to adjust to the change of medium (getting lots of the story through pictures instead of words). However, after a few chapters in I stopped thinking about how
Michael (Mai)
Nov 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Well…I was pretty excited about this when I first heard about it at a talk held by Scott Westerfeld but it was fairly disappointing. Shay just isn’t the Shay I remember and Tally is barely in it.

The art was super cool but other than that I just didn’t like it.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read Uglies. You will not know what’s going on. I barely did because it’s been like 3 or 4 years since I read it.

I will most likely read the second installment just because I want to see Shay as a Special.
Christine (KizzieReads)
Nice to see Shay's perspective of the first book. The only downside is that it wasn't in color. The graphics would have been so much more enthralling if there was color.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Think Uglies, but seen from Shay's perspective and with the action and drama conveyed primarily through images instead of words, and you have Shay's Story, the first graphic novel set in the Uglies universe. Scott Westerfeld teamed with DC Comics guru Devin Grayson and manga artist Steven Cummings to bring Shay and Tally's futuristic odyssey to a new storytelling medium, and the resulting book has many strong moments that make it clear why Scott Westerfeld would want to turn his first mega ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
Dec 08, 2018 added it
Shelves: own-w
Uglies told the story of Tally. This is Shay's story.

Shay is a 16 year old living in Uglyville. Just like every other " Ugly" , Shay is waiting to become a "Pretty". Then one day when she is being rebellious, she meets a group of teens who called themselves the Crims. Through them she eventually faces the choice of staying in Uglyville and becoming a "Pretty" or to stay an "Ugly" and learn to love herself.

In Uglies I had started to love Shay, but by the end of the book she really annoyed me. I
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
was not as good as the other version but still good
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been enjoying the Uglies series, and it was interesting to read this graphic novel which is about Shay. It runs almost parallel to the events of book 1.

I also liked the Artist’s Sketchbook at the end that describes the process of converting the world of the book into graphic novel form.
Charlotte Jones
I picked this up at the library and it is a graphic novel version of side-character Shay’s story of what happened during Uglies, the first book in the Uglies series. I read the first two and a half books in that series and to be honest I wasn’t a huge fan but I really enjoyed the first book so wanted to revisit that from a different perspective.

On the whole the artwork was quite typical of manga and was drawn in a traditional Japanese style. I did like that some additional sketchbook pages were
Raeleen Lemay
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a nice refresher to the series since it's been a long time since read it, but something about it was just lacking.... And David looked really freaking weird.
Paige Green
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Book Series: Uglies Comic Book Series 1

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Genre: YA Dystopian

Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, some gore, fighting the government, romance, TW: terrorism)

Publisher: Del Ray

Pages: 208

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Synopsis: “This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay

Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first found out that they made a graphic novel from Shay's POV I was beyond excited. However, despite how excited I was, it still took me a few... years... to finally sit down and read it.

I read a few reviews ahead of time and because of this I was made aware of the fact that it was hard to tell the difference between the Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. So I went in with that already in mind, still excited to see Shay's POV, even if everybody looked the same...

I can say that I,
Verania Wolf
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uglies Shays Story

Uglies Shays Story by Scott Westerfeld is a 5 out of 5 stars because of the outstanding and down to Earth message of to love who you are and looks don’t matter. There is something magical about turning 16 because then you are a “pretty”. Once you are a pretty you are separated into a different world where the pretties and uglies are differentiated. Yet you will not be yourself you’ll look like a completely different person. This is what Shay is trying to teach her friends.
William Stanger
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty decent graphic novel, based on one of the character's view of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. I haven't read Uglies, but this graphic novel has piqued my interest enough that I may check it out next year.

This particular book tell's the beginning of Shy's story, in a world where at 16 people are transformed, by surgery, from their natural 'ugly' form into what has become the accepted 'pretty' form. Shay discovers that there are some people who have rebelled against the system and
3.5/5 stars

Uglies: Shay's Story is the first graphic novel of two.

This is sort of a retelling of Uglies. But from Shay's POV (Tally's best friend). So we only get to see what Shay saw.

I read the Uglies series many years ago. So I decided to read this graphic novel to get my mind back in this world before starting the new Imposters book.

This graphic novel is in black and white, which is sort of unusual (all of the other graphic novels that I have read have been in color). I would have definitely
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shay, a "ugly", is a lovable, sassy, confident main charater to relate to. She lives in the future, in a town called Uglyville. In the future, when a ugly turns 16 you get to get this shot that makes you a "pretty". "Pretties" live in Prettyville. She decides she doesnt want to be a pretty. I would recommend this book to anime and manga lovers. I couldn't put down down the book, not in class, car, home, or anywhere. I loved this book! Read it!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
What can I say? It's Westerfeld, and we all know that I have a soft spot for him. However, I feel like this was kind of just a filler for him. Something to hold us fans over until he comes out with his next books, whatever they may be.

Now, don't get me wrong, there were parts I really enjoyed. I liked seeing how Shay met the Crims. I think it's interesting to know how she got into that group. And also how she met David and got along with him. I like that while she DID like David in the
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read the Uglies series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. With the Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite YA series and one against which I measure all the new dystopian YA series. So of course I wouldn’t pass on a illustrated version of the series, and when I saw it at the store last week, I immediately grabbed it. I am so glad that I can say that I really enjoyed it.

First, I really liked the illustrations. I don’t read that many mangas and graphic novels, but when I do I love the style
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
This supplementary graphic novel of Scott Westerfeld’s marvelous YA book Uglies is frankly abominable. It details the story of Shay, one of the main characters in Uglies who the reader does not get to see for a far portion of the first novel. This would be an exciting opportunity to discover new facets of her character or develop the story more fully from her perspective, but all the book does is rehash the plot of the original. There is so little added content in this version that it might as ...more

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Imagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay.

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Uglies series was one of the first YA series I read and I loved every bit of it. I don't normally read graphic novels but I made an exception for this one and I am so glad I did. Shay's Story is awesome! You don't want to miss out on Shay's backstory.

Shay is a very important character in Uglies but her story is never told. It's never made known why she went to the Smoke, what she was like as an ugly, or what guy she had a crush on. All those questions are answered in Shay's Story and boy are
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This graphic novel follows Shay's story before she met Tally, after she met her, and to when Dr. Cable made her into a Special.

Shay's always been an interesting character to me. She was so much cooler than Tally, who I kind of despised in the last two books. I liked how it showed more of Shay's life, and even Zane's life before he became Pretty. I was upset at first that Zane had blond hair, but when he turned Pretty, it became black like it was described in the book.
I really hated David in
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was already a fan of the Uglies series, so when I found out from a friend that her library had the graphic novels, I had to go check mine. I was in luck! This is the first graphic novel I have read as well, and I really did love it. It follows along the same timeline as the Uglies series only from Shay's point of view and what was going on with her instead of Tally. (You still get to see some of Tally though of course!) I liked seeing things from her perspective, and maybe I put too much ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I started reading it, I kept thinking 'why isn't the exactly like the book?' Then it finally hit me, this is Shay's point of view. I completely forget Shay wasn't the main character, Tally was. It's been a while since I've read 'Uglies'. But, for this to be a retelling of the story from Shay's view, it was really good. You actually get to see how she became a Crim, went to the Ruins and met David. You also see a little of the Smoke before Tally got there. Honestly though, I was looking ...more
Kevin Fanning
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Gave up after 6 chapters. On the very first page, I was like "I shouldn't read this." Because actually seeing the Uglies characters kind of sours the fun of imagining how "ugly" (read: normal-looking) the Uglies are. (God help me if they ever make a movie version.)

But, even worse, this book suffers from Graphic Novel Character Art Syndrome, where the characters all kind of look the same and it's hard to tell them apart. So the fact that the Pretties were pretty indistinguishable from the Uglies
Desiree May
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book, “Uglies: Shay's Story” by Scott Westerfeld, was very basic book, but a basic book. All the uglies, pretties, and specials looked EXACTLY the same! Seriously what’s was the point of the whole process of becoming a pretty if they looked so similar! Honestly, if I could go back in time I would have never read this book. The only thing that stood out was the graphic, and the main character was completely selfish and childish. Forcing her best friend into something she didn’t want, and ...more
Josephine Florendo
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I always saw graphic novels as glorified comic books. I only read this graphic novel because it has to do with the UGLIES series which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also enjoyed this graphic novel. I used to dislike/hate Shay's character, but after seeing the first book in the series from her perspective, I understood why she was like that. Now, I actually like Shay almost as much as I do Tally Youngblood. I will definitely read the 2nd graphic novel ...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 known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His next book, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies. It comes out September 11, 2018.

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Uglies: Graphic Novel (2 books)
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