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Uglies (Uglies #1)

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Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a who
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Paperback, Reprint Edition, 406 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published 2005)
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Brittany Quarters Take the coaster straight past the gap,
Until you find one that's long and flat.
Cold is the sea and watch for breaks,
At the second make the worst…more
Take the coaster straight past the gap,
Until you find one that's long and flat.
Cold is the sea and watch for breaks,
At the second make the worst mistake.
Four days later take the side you despise,
And look in the flowers for fire-bug eyes.
Once they're found, enjoy the flight,
Then wait on the bald head until it's light.

I copied this off of Yahoo or something. :)(less)
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Sparrow
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read Graceling instead!
I need to never run into Scott Westerfeld down a dark alley, or during a Civil War reenactment, or at Charlton Heston's house, or wherever. My deep desire not to be arrested for murder would have an epic battle with my need to reach for a weapon when I see his stupid face. In all fairness, as you see, I coughed up three stars for this book, so I will clarify that my empty threatening is really directed toward Pretties and Specials (books two and three in this series). I'm posting this review on ...more
Stephen
So my wife and I occasionally swap books which may seem a little kooky. However, you have to keep things spicy when you’ve been married as long as we have and since nipple showers with hot candle wax make me break out into shouts of “FUCKARELLA THAT HURTS” we needed some alternative sizzle. So she hooks me up with this little philly of a novel while I matched her with The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Well…my wife loved the book I set her up with….as I knew she would because it is all over awesome. Of c
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Emma
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve only seen one episode of The Twilight Zone. In this episode, a woman undergoes a battery of surgeries to look normal. At the end of the episode, viewers learn that this latest surgery has failed: the woman is still hideous. Except that to the audience she is beautiful. Online research led me to another episode where teenagers are surgically altered to live longer and conform to a unified standard of beauty (based on a limited number of acceptable “models”). “Uglies,” Scott Westerfeld’s dyst ...more
Kurukka
Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
EDIT : One thing I forgot. I'm even more angered at this book when I think about the trees that gave their lives for this so-called piece of literature. May they rest in peace.

Nope, couldn’t finish it. Sigh. I thought I was going to like this one. It started off fine and all. And then everything fell apart. Yes, that dramatic.

Am I the only one who was deeply offended by this piece of crap ? This book is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The writing itself isn’t particularly… well, isn’t anything really. But t
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Reed
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember my initial disappointment when Scott Westerfeld switched from adult sf to YA fiction. How could he do this to me? I liked his books, but I don't wanna read a dopey YA novel!

I'd read in an interview that it was mostly a financial decision--the YA market has exploded, and that's where the money is right now. How can you fault a guy for trying to make a living?

As a junior high Language Arts teacher, it's impossible not to notice that Westerfeld's first YA series has done extremely well.
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Three hundred years after an apocalyptic-sized disaster that reshaped the world, Tally is about to turn 16 and pretty. In her contained, isolated, self-sufficient city - just like all the other contained, isolated, self-sufficient cities - the operation to make her pretty will be intensive, extreme and, as far as she and everyone else alive is concerned, absolutely worth it. Once she's pretty, she'll go to live across the river in New Pretty Town and party the nights away, loved by all.

It's a sh
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María
Do you know that feeling, when you really want to punch a character in the face? Well, Tally Youngblood, you must be grateful that I can't see your face.


Now I should stop the rant... the book itself was a quick read, but I don't get the hype. Enjoyable, yes. Good, not that much. I'm not really sure if I'll ever finish this series. Maybe one day if I'm actually bored.
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Seeing this book always popping up every time I searched for best YA novels, I knew I just HAD to read this. I've been actually saving this trilogy for a special reading occasion because I am really into dystopians and discovering this series was written even before the Hunger Games, I expected that I will be more than impressed. Sad to say, the book did not meet my expectation. Sure, the concept is cute- every one at the age of 16 gets operated on to become pretty while every body else is consi
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Thomas
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: Read it in 2008; read it again in school
"Uglies" is about Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, much to her liking. This is a futuristic novel, and when you turn sixteen you get an operation to make you "pretty". What being pretty means is that you have all your bones taken and ground, your skin re-sized and your whole entire body is basically re-done. Like a huge surgery. The thing is, during her wait to turn sixteen (Tally was the youngest in her group of friends) she meets a girl named Shay, who doesn't want to get the op ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Uglies (Uglies, #1), 2005, Scott Westerfeld
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: زشتها کتاب اول از چهارگانه؛ نویسنده: اسکات وسترفیلد؛ مترجم: نوشین هنرپیشه؛ ویراستار: نیما کهندانی؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1393، در دو جلد؛ شابک: جلد اول: 97860062255555؛ جلد دوم: 9786006225562؛ در 448 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
تالی به زودی شانزده ساله میشود او نمیتواند صبر کند. تا چند هفته ی دیگر عمل جراحی ای را انجام خواهد داد که او را از یک زشت نفرت انگیز به زیبارویی خیر
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Ryan
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go a little crazy if I read more than one Margaret Atwood novel a year. I hope I'm not alone in this. I get the feeling that Atwood's sharp, but her writing is filed to a finer edge. I realized a while ago that one book per year was enough.

I have a similar reaction to Stephen King, though I'm not sure why. I really loved The Stand, but when it was over I knew that I wasn't going to read another of his works for a while.

At first, I thought this meant that I didn't like Stephen King and Margaret
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
33% DNF. No rating because there is nothing wrong with the book. I think I am just not the target audience. It was written in 2005 and on the young end of the YA scale. I think I have just outgrown books like this. I think I am fairly certain what is going to happen. It's just not holding my interest.

I've had this book on my TBR shelf for a long time, so I'm glad to know one way or the other and be able to get it off my list.

If you are thinking about reading it, it's about a society in the futur
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Michael
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fabian
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Things become quite one-sided (or 1-dimensional) in this YA dystopian yarn that imagines stuff in a half-assed kind of way (repressive governing scientists: too uninteresting an antagonist, a teenaged character with absolutely zero references to the parental unit, scant description/character development...) presenting tropes for the new young'uns (and hopeful lifelong readers) to gawk at but offering nothing much too pleasant for the reader that's more enthralled by the complexities of that OTHE ...more
Amy
After finishing 425 pages that I couldn't put down, I'm finding myself needing to buy the next in the series as soon as possible. No wonder editors are getting copy-cat novels similar to this from aspiring writers.

Uglies tells the story of a post-apocalyptic dystopia where everyone gets a surgery at age 16 to make them "pretty" with a perfect body, perfect face, and diminished personality. This surgery is supposed to prevent people from having an unfair advantage in the workplace because of the
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Amanda
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: From Coventry's "take my books" party
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 ...more
Macarena
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4,75
Wow, que mundo. Que historia. Me encanto espero seguir con la historia pronto porque ese final... i mean, Scott, loquillo, terminar un libro así, no da,o sea... no.
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.

Stephanie
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is a quick and somewhat enjoyable read.

I have had this one on my list to read for quite some time and really do tend to like YA dystopian fiction. This one did keep me turning the pages, but missed its mark somewhat. Despite it being engaging, it didn't contain much background information on either the event that changed the world or on the characters. Additionally, I did not care for the protagonist.

The premise of the book is that at the age of sixteen, everyone goes
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Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 3.5

Well,this was fun.After reading a bazillion bad reviews I thought that this will be really,really bad.But it's not,it's quite amusing actually.The main character,Tally,is really cool.I liked her a lot and I completely understood all of her actions,which is a really rare thing for me.I liked the story line and the whole concept of separating ugly *cough*normal*cough* and pretty people.I also liked the new technology described and used in this book-I'd love to try those hoverboards
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Anna
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
Ο κόσμος στο παρελθόν είχε καταστραφεί από την έλλειψη πετρελαίου. Στη σύγχρονη εποχή, είναι όλοι μαζεμένοι σε μεγάλες πόλεις και όλοι οι νέοι μετά από κάποια ηλικία υποβάλλονται σε μια σειρά επεμβάσεων, όπου τους καθιστούν όμορφους (πολύ εμβιομηχανική πέφτει εδώ πέρα) και "κουφιοκέφαλους" και κάθε βράδυ κάνουν πάρτυ στις εστίες όπου κατοικούν. Γενικά, η ζωή φαντάζει ονειρεμένη, εξασφαλισμένη και βολεμένη, μα έλα που τα πράγματα δεν είναι όπως φαίνονται: κάποια στοιχειώδη δικαιώματα περί αυτοδιά ...more
Dystopia28
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Okay, so this book was really good! I want to finish Throne of Glass before I move on to Pretties, but I really liked this book! The first and last lines of this book were just.... interesting? My favorite character was Shay, she was so awesome! I hope everything ends up working out for her in the end. Maddy was also pretty awesome. For a woman who is like fifty, she is pretty athletic and awesome! David was a good character, especially when he explained the Rusties. Oh, the Rusties. Tally's vie ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
All in all, I was VERY impressed with Uglies. Westerfeld is now one of my favorite writers, not only for his immense creativity but also for his ability to blend the JUST RIGHT amount of action, description, and dialogue. This may sound like a weird comparison, but Scott Westerfeld reminds me of a gourmet chef: he knows how to measure out and mix together the right concoction of ingredients in order to make a delicious product!
It made reading Uglies a fun and smooth experience. Let's face it, it
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I love this series! Although a little strange, these books are original, exciting, and enjoyable. After reading Uglies, I went on to read every single book by Scott Westerfeld that I could find. Now he is one of my favorite authors, and I recommend everything that he's written.
Ariel
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
WELL THAT WAS GREAT. WOW. WOW. 4.4 STARS. WOOOOO IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

I got this book over a year ago, I received it for Christmas 2011, and had specifically asked for it because I had heard such great hype around it. I tried picking it up around the Christmas period and only got a few pages in and giving up because I was just not in the mood. A couple of days ago though, I have no idea why, I just felt it. Something from above said "You feel like reading Uglies!" And boy, was it just what I neede
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Sarah
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, overrated, ya
So it took me five days to read this book but it felt like I was reading it for about two weeks. It was so slow and so painful. This book is very overrated, I just don't understand how it's so popular. It never grabbed me and so I just wasn't interested. I'm giving it 2 stars because I'm feeling generous.

What I liked:
- The type of world Scott Westerfeld created. At first I thought it was a silly premise but as the story progressed and I found out more about the world Tally was living in, I und
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Res
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, locus_poll
The one where everyone has extensive plastic surgery when they turn sixteen, changing them from study-and-prank-obsessed Uglies into party-obsessed Pretties.

Better than The Secret Hour -- the speculative elements are a lot less perfunctory here -- but it still feels like Science Fiction Lite to me.

You'll notice that when reviewers describe the book, what they describe is the premise -- the Uglies and the Pretties. That's because it's the most interesting thing in the book; you're certainly no
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Selene
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

I had a hard time reading this book and finding interest in the story. It had a great concept but the story just didn't hold my attention. I don't think I will continue with the series.
Møstʌfy̍
Likes
World: the idea of a world which everyone is turned pretty so that people are all equal was great. And also I liked the idea that such world would be boring and have some flaws.
Ending: Ended on the best spot! If only I like this book more, I'd love to start the second book quickly.

Dislikes
Storyline: the story sucked! Even though the general idea was good, but (view spoiler) the adven
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Camly Nguyen
I'd like to think that this book would've pleased a younger me but I know for a fact that this is a lie because it's the second time that I've picked it up after dnfing it.

All I can say about this book is that if you look at it with a philosophical pov then it's very special and let's you question the true definition of beauty.(Still, do I need a book to tell me this?) Otherwise, Tally is a dumb bitch, David is a true fckboi and Shay is a drama queen. If it makes you feel any better, I think the
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Uci
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hibah-hadiah
Bayangkan sebuah dunia di mana semua penghuninya bersosok indah. Wajah dan tubuh dalam proporsi sempurna sesuai perhitungan matematis. Kuat dan halus tanpa luka. Tidak ada perang, tidak ada perselisihan karena semua orang sama. Tidak ada penebangan hutan, tidak ada perburuan binatang, tidak ada penambangan minyak untuk bahan bakar. Yang ada hanya daur ulang, tenaga matahari, dan daging dari kedelai. Singkatnya, dunia yang melepaskan diri dari alam bebas. Alam terlalu liar, terlalu sulit dikendal ...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 know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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