Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: February 2005
Series: Uglies #1
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I love this title; it caught my interest right away. Uglies is a great dystopian book. (Wikipedia.org definition of dystopia) In Tally Youngblood’s world you were an ‘ugly’ until you turned 16 and could get the operation to become ‘pretty.’ Tally is 15 and anxiously awaiting her 16th birthday so she can become a ‘pretty,’ but her friend Shay talks of escaping. Is becoming ‘pretty’ really what Tally wants or could she be happy leaving the city and living in the wild? Really exciting read!