Uglies by

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
Scott Westerfeld - Uglies - c.2009 - pg.3

Uglies #1

Tally Youngblood is an Ugly. All her friends have gone off and become Pretties, but she is the youngest, and eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so that she can join them. But before she reaches that magical age she meets a new friend, Shay, who tells her about a mysterious boy called David, and the notion that some people don’t want to be made Pretty. To Tally this is insane. Science and evolution prove that people like beauty. And back in the “Rusties” day, when they weren’t able to make people pretty there was so much discrimination just over the way people lived. She’ll never go off looking for the Smoke. She’ll stay in the city, and become Pretty, just like all her friends.

Of course, if she did then this book wouldn’t have much of a plot now would it?

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Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

After reading Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan earlier this year I’ve been keeping an eye out for books by him, and so when this passed under my eye I decided to take a peak. It is very different than Leviathan, and at first I didn’t enjoy it as much. It took a while to get into. I liked Tally as a character, but she didn’t grab me as much as interest me. The whole world interested me, but I didn’t feel immersed in it.

But towards the end it somehow got hold of me and made me keep reading. Maybe a little too late for me to love this book. But still, no book is perfect.

And that first line immediately made me think of that famous Gibson line, about the sky being the colour of a television tuned to a dead channel. Course, I’ve never read Neuromancer so I don’t know if there any other allusions to it.

I’ll have to pick up the rest of the series at some point.

ISBN: 9781847389060 | Other reviews: Writing from the tub ; Peeking between the pages (If I’ve missed yours let me know and I’ll add a link)

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4 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I STILL have not read any Westerfield…and I'm dying too! I have Leviathan and this one on my shelves though…soon…very soon…
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  2. Caroline says:

    What a first sentence. I think I would go for Leviathan first as the author seems good but not right now. I think I still have a few YA novels here that I haven't read yet. Especially The Hunger Games.
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Sjón- The Blue Fox 2008 aka Skugga-Baldur 2004 An Icelandic Novel

  3. Fence says:

    I haven't gotten around to The Hunger Games either. I must do, but the old saying about too many books not enough time is so very true