Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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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 whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…’

I listened to this book in audiobook back in January, I think, and it was good however I think I would have preferred if I had read it physically as I didn’t enjoy the audiobook as much as other audiobooks I have listened to recently. However I thought it was a really good concept of how the author was questioning what the meaning of the word ‘pretty’ really is – by making you reconsider what the definition of beauty really is. It really reinforces the fact that you shouldn’t always judge a person before you know them and by what they they look like. As at the end of the day – if we all looked or were the same then it would be a boring world as there would be no change and no authenticity to the society we live in.

You really get to see how Tally is brainwashed into thinking that how people look before the operation is ugly, and that she thinks that only after science and medical intervention are you made to look better. I kind of saw this book, as as metaphor for plastic surgery and how the idea of plastic surgery distorts peoples minds into thinking changing the way they look is the only way to be beautiful; when it’s not as everyone is beautiful and shouldn’t be made to feel any other way. And yes, I understand that if that makes you happier about yourself then you should go and do it as you are your own person – but it just makes me sad that people feel the need to it; as it means that they only see their imperfections.

Tally really got on my nerves to begin with, as she was a very weak and reserved character – that didn’t really have much courage. And I feel she stayed like that for the majority of the book. Although she did start to get more defiant by the end of the book – but I didn’t think that that development of her character was written well; I felt it was very jumpy and segmented. All in all though, I am going to continue with the series at some point; I don’t know when but I will.

Spoiler zone


So you always knew Tally would end up falling in love with David and wouldn’t call Dr. Cable, because she begins to like the Smoke. But what I didn’t expect was that burning and destroying the tracker would activate Dr. Cable anyway. I always thought that Special Circumstances would raid the Smoke, but I didn’t know how they would find out about it. I thought they would have always known about the Smoke – but were using Tally as a test to see how loyal she was to the operation.

I was so sad when we find out that David’s dad is dead and Shay has already been turned pretty. It will be interesting to see what happens to David’s mums cure for the brain damage, as out of guilt Tally willingly volunteers to have it experimented on her. When the book ends with Tally confessing to David how she’s responsible I thought that this wasn’t completely true, as she didn’t do it on purpose. I want to know what happens after she has given herself up to the city authorities and will now be turned pretty herself.


So that’s my thoughts and opinions on Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions. If you haven’t read this book already go and find a copy and read it if you like the sound of this book, and please don’t be put off by the fact I wasn’t a huge fan of the book; as you might like it. But if you have read it – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book and what you thought of it as a whole. Thank you for reading my book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog. I hope you are having the great day!


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