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Uglies, The Collector's Set

(Uglies #1-4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,956 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Westerfeld's #1 New York Times-bestselling Uglies series is now available in a collectible paperback boxed set. It includes Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. ...more
Paperback, 1680 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon Pulse
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I made it through book three in this four book "trilogy" and just can't stomach reading any more. I'm just so sick of Tally-wa and Shay-la and all of their bubbly and icy speak that I'm totally hurly-making. Maybe if I hadn't read them so quickly it wouldn't be this horrible? Book one was a definite keeper. After that, they fell apart- mostly because of the annoying pretty-speaking that they do. I will be totally amazing-missing by skipping the last book, probably, but it's a chance I'm willing ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, dystopian
When these books first came out, I was reluctant to read them. I suspected that - because of the covers - the books were the type of books I didn't care to read: stories of preppy, perfect girls and rejects. I had read Westerfeld's series The Midnighters, but none of his other series. A year after I read The Midnighters, I finally took Uglies out from the library with a sense of 'what the hell, I have nothing else to read.' Within the first few pages, I was drawn into a story of not only interes ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I stopped in the middle of book 3. I was SOOOO bored. When will it end? So boring. And not very well told. The main character is not likable. Why would you write a story and tell it from the perspective of a super unsympathetic narrator? Near the end of book 3 I was seriously hoping for her demise. I wanted her to meet a horrible and violent end. Well, maybe not her END, but I wanted her to "GET IT" for all the trouble she called.

The girl cannot make a good decision if her life depends on it. A
Jackie Pellecchia
Ms. Peritore
April 9, 2012
The Specials
Non-fiction and realistic books tend to keep me interested more than fictional stories with magic. I am more interested in these types of books because I rather read a book about something that could happen rather than something that is all imagination. Scott Westerfield is a great author and does a great job of combining both of these elements in all of his books. I am truly fascinated in his set of books which include The Uglies, The
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this series when I was in middle school going through my Twilight Phase and always wondered why this wasn't a movie? I love this series so much, it's not just about a boy and a girl it's about the things around them. It's about what happens when they turn 16 and finally get to be a 'Pretty'. I love this series because its very original and it's so creative. It really is one of my favorite series even if I read it like five years ago, that's how good it is that I still consider ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED these books. Scott Westerfeld has such andinteresting writing style.
He started off uglies great right away talking about the salmon cat vomit pink sky. I hate when it takes a couple chapters for the book to be good.
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Check out my reviews for each book listed on their individual pages.
Elle (ellexamines)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopia
3 stars for the series as a whole. This series has a really great concept and some good aspects, but it lacks quite enough emotional depth and ends up being somewhat superficial as a result.

Uglies is about a world in which everyone is considered by default ugly and has to become pretty. The book certainly benefits from this smart concept; this is a world where beauty rules. Unfortunately, the interesting connections to our world aren't explored enough in this series. Pretties are stupid, Uglies
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Books 1-3 are 5 star ratings and the 4th book is 4 stars.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras

I read/listened to each of these books individually and did write-ups on each one, with the intention of writing a review covering the entire series. This is that review.

My individual write-ups can be accessed at the following links:


Note: While I avoided spoilers for each book, I did refer to events of earlier books once I got past the first.

The remainder of this review will be placed behind spoiler tags. Spoile
Carol Brannigan
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Quite a nice quick read with tons of social/moral and ethical questions raised. I want call it on a similar level of Orwell's "1984" but with a strong focus for YA readers and not nearly quite as dark or hopeless.

Uglies: A little slow start on this one and the "teenage" babble was a little tedious at first and then I realize that was the whole plan. Make the reader so bombarded with Tally's quest to be pretty that when truth and reality hit her it crashed her entire world and forced her to see t
Amanda Lloyd
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about what science could be able to do in the future along with the pros and cons of the consequences.
The series is mainly written in one persons perspective watching her mind mold and change throughout the series!
Selaine Henriksen
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
As I typed in the titles of this series I realised this is one of the few times that having the story divided into separate books actually makes sense, rather than just a chapter divide. In each story our heroine is basically a different person and is dealing with a different aspect of the futuristic society. Hard not to give spoilers in this review. I will say the first book was hard to finish. It's like YA writing from A to B. And I didn't like the betrayal of the girlfriend; it seemed unneces ...more
Nicole Pulver
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the books overall, their were a few annoying points however. First off, the were way over enviornmental, I'm all about helping the enviornment, but not at the expense of humans. The book was pretty preachy about how humans eat meat and cut down trees, and how they should never populate the whole earth again and drones on about over population. Honestly I think children are more important than a few trees. The other annoying point, was that they used a really ditsy type of lingo, I unders ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wouldn't it be better if no one was "ugly"? What if society had a way to make everyone beautiful - no more envy, no more issues like eating disorders or feelings of inferiority? What starts as a plan to improve life for its citizens ends up as not such a great idea. This is a good series for exploring Utopia, science fiction and beliefs about our appearance. It took me a while to get into the first book, but I like the way the voice of the main narrator changes as she goes through different expe ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I reeeeeeeally wanted to like these books. I thought the concept was creative, and liked where it was going in the first 2 books. When I got to the third book, I completely lost interest. I did not like what happened to the main character, and felt like her personality was lost by the end of the series.

Also the slang kind of annoyed me after a while . . .

The fourth book seemed to be more of an add on rather than an actual part of the series. I did think it was pretty cute, and it read a bit like
Sarah R
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am torn between 3 and 4 stars, so I will be generous and round up to 4 because I did really enjoy reading them. I am rating them altogether instead of seperately because I read them so quickly that they are pretty much just one book in my head. They weren't groundbreaking, but they were fun, interesting, quick, easy books to read. ...more
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much!! the fact that its set in the futur where hoverboards can work perfectly! would be a dream come true. this series can possibly keep me up night, by the unexcepted happenings.
Feb 24, 2011 is currently reading it
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Best books ever... If you read this another good book to have is Bogus to bubbly. Bogus to Bubbly is a guide to the series. But only look up what you are reading about or you will already know too much!!!!
Mar 13, 2011 added it
It was totally bubbly to read ;)
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a great series, very happy-making :)
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
i liked the series and was glad i read it.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I liked:
This book series has a little bit of everything. A heroine who puts everything she's got into achieving her goals. Likable characters. A plot that you can enjoy and a conclusion that leaves you content after you've made it to the end, even if it wasn't perfect. The MC was capable with and without her friends supporting her but the book does a good job showing her limitations. The romance in the story drives it without being the focus of the book, which is amazing. The love hate rel
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I remember adoring this series. I've read my share of future dystopian stories (why must they always come in threes?) and none of them have impacted quite the way this series has. (I consider the fourth one a separate entity.) It was a great story that's plot driven and kept you reading. Each book is its own arc with the main character placed in a different setting and how she battles the regime while limited be it in the wilderness, social class, memory loss, all the while facing issues that an ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the first and second books in this series just enough to keep reading, even though the dialogue was annoying. Crazy making, even....ugh.
Once I start a series, I feel like I HAVE TO finish them. That led me to regret every single minute that I spent reading books three and four.
I kept thinking “Omg. IS IT OVER YET?!”
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Decent series, another one of my young adults reads. The dystopian plot is interesting and I enjoyed the way it was formatted but the story did get a little boring and repetative through out some points. Still one of my good early dystopian reads that found a way to be different from the hunger games and divergent.
Bored to Death book club
For every book we read during the book club, one of our book club members will write a review. This way anyone who couldn’t be there, can still join in with the fun! Our eleventh YA book is the Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld and the review is written by Gwen Kerkhof Mogot.

Scott Westerfeld’s The Uglies Quartet, a classic in the YA-dystopian genre, was our summer read. I added the four books to my pile of Holiday Reads and the promising blurb “Before The Hunger Games there was… Uglies” lured m
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In these books, you can be two things: ugly, and pretty. When you turn 16, you get plastic surgery to be turned pretty. Tally, the main character, is looking forward to that day, until something gets in the way.
Melissa Hindermann
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best series I have ever read.
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His current series, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies.

The next book in that series, MIRROR'S EDGE, comes out April 6, 2021.

Other books in the series

Uglies (4 books)
  • Uglies (Uglies, #1)
  • Pretties (Uglies, #2)
  • Specials (Uglies, #3)
  • Extras (Uglies, #4)

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