Friday, September 25, 2009
This is the first book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
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.
This was an awesome read!
We are never told the year that this story is set in - but it has to be somewhere in the future based on the technology and some of the references we get about older times.
Uglies takes a hard look at how humans look - and how we view ourselves. In Tally's world everyone is ugly until they reach the age of 16 and can be made beautiful through surgery.
For all of Tally's 16 years she has known about two kinds of people - the uglies and the pretties. Now Tally learns of a third - the specials. And they want Tally to help them - and it's not pretty.
I can't wait to get the rest of this series. :)
I give Uglies 5 out of 5 stars.