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Uglies, Pretties, and Specials: Book Review
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- Uglies (2011) - IMDb
In the future children are "Uglies" until they turn 16. On their 16th birthday they get to become "Pretties" by surgery. Tally, a rule breaking teen befriends a girl named Shay. Shay is unsure about the surgery and runs away. When Tally's 16th birthd
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Have you ever felt categorized into a group of people? In high school we called them cliques. There were the jocks, the nerds, the popular people, and unfortunately the losers. There are also groups based on race, religion, and gender. We've all been judged whether deservedly so or not. In Scott Westerfeld's future, children are taught of the awful times when this happened in society, the time of the Rusties. They're told that people drove in automobiles instead of flying around on personal hover boards, they fought over petty differences, and they were extremely ugly. In this futuristic, advanced society there are different groups as well, but everyone within these classifications are the same. First you are a Littlie. Small and cute, you live with your parents until your preteen years. That's when you enter the dormitories and the next level of existence, the Uglies. The dormitories are where you learn and live, as ugly as the next person, until the coveted sixteenth birthday when the ultimate goal is obtained and you become Pretty. To become Pretty everyone goes through major plastic surgery. You can be a beautiful as your wildest dreams. Uglies even spend their free time designing their new look as they wait for the surgery. After that you become a Pretty and live in Prettyville. Everyone there is perfect, happy, and carefree, and war is just a part of ancient Rustie history.
Tally Youngblood waits anxiously for her sixteenth birthday when she can join her best friend Paris in Prettyville. He's already incredibly gorgeous while she is still frizzy haired, squinty eyed, and Ugly. All her life she has dreamed of living in this perfect society where the only thing you worry about is what to wear to the next party. Then she meets Shay, another girl her age. Shay is different than the others. She actually likes how she looks and talks about running away to the mysterious "Smoke". Tally tries to ignore this horrible flaw in her friend and concentrate on her upcoming birthday, but when Shay disappears, leaving a cryptic message only Tally can understand, her dreams are put on hold. Dr. Cable, one of the surgeons and the head of Special Circumstances, demands that Tally find her friend and bring her home, or else be Ugly forever. Tally begins an adventure she never wanted and is forced to become a pawn and then a hero in something that will change herself, and eventually her world, forever.
I really enjoyed reading this series. Tally is a perfect accidental leader who is stronger than she knows. I love seeing all the changes she goes through and the way she is able to mature and evolve throughout the books. The author wrote this questioning the future of our society as it continues to grow in its fixation on physical beauty. He does a great job drawing you into the story and characters and creating a world that is fantasy yet also believable to the point of being scary. After he ends the first three books he follows up with The Extras, a book that is set in the same time period but in a different place and with a new and equally strong heroine. I loved the combination of sci-fi fantasy elements and the issues that our society faces today.
This book series is also rumored to be on its way to the big screen. Man, I am behind on my cast lists!