Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – Review

Hey, hey! Time for another lovely book review… well maybe lovely, who knows! Continue on scrolling for a spoiler free review!

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Uglies takes places in a dystopian/science-fiction based world where, once you turn sixteen, you can become a Pretty and say bye-bye to the many years of being an Ugly. There are many perks to being a Pretty. For starters and the most obvious, you get to be pretty; everyone adores you and tells you how beautiful you are. Secondly, you pretty much get to do whatever the hell you want; no one can tell you otherwise. Party all day, party all night with the added bonus of not looking like a total mess the morning after. Sounds good right?

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Tally cannot WAIT to be a Pretty. She bangs on about it for more than half of the book. Needless to say, I was banging my head against the book because I wanted her to shut up. I have mixed feelings about Tally. There was this rebellious and brave side that wanted to emerge out onto the pages – but it was annoyingly slow! Once her bravery began to shine, albeit not too brightly, I had lost the will to live. I wanted more from her character and I was not getting want I wanted. *sulks in corner*

The whole Pretty and the Ugly thing didn’t bother me, in fact, I really liked the idea. To me, it felt that Scott was looking into how society acts today, how we value beauty and also, ugliness. As this is a book for teenager’s and young adults, I thought this book would appeal greatly to a younger audience. Especially because when we are younger our bodies go through so many changes. We then begin to question are we pretty or ugly?

But the fact remains. I didn’t really enjoy reading this book. For a book that’s 425 pages, you would think that there was going to be a lot of detailed action – WRONG. No, and it bothered me. There are a few “big” scenes in the book that felt rushed and because they were rushed I didn’t feel like I was there experiencing it. I always say if I can picture the story in my mind, like a film, then it’s a great story. This wasn’t great.

I’ve mentioned my dislike for Tally, I won’t go back into her… But I will say that I expected more!!

The other characters were okay, didn’t have a favorite. I hate not having a favorite character in a book, it feels lonely.

So did I wish I hadn’t read this book? Actually, no. I am glad I did because now I know not to read the others!

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2/5

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