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Uglies

Westerfeld, Scott (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Uglies


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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.
Authors: Westerfeld, Scott
Title: Uglies
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2005
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed
Characteristics: 425 p. ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Westerfeld
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0689865384
9780689865381
Branch Call Number: y WESTERFEL
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Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • 21faeza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really love this book! It is very true that the beginning somewhat drags a little. But i think it's mostly because in the beginning, you don't really understand the being ugly and pretty, and the operation concept. However, as you read on and understand, the book morphs into a very adventurous story about battle, friendship, betrayal, and loyalty. I'm not going to spoil the book. But the Uglies was a really good start to the series. Tally's character is very adventurous and clever yet confused and intimidated. I've read the whole series and it was amazing to watch Tally's character evolve in every book. The Uglies - Recommended no doubt

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Report This Jan 27, 2014
  • LINDA TAN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To be honest, it was slow to start at first. But after a while into it, I fell in love with it. Awesome book!

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  • mkuettel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book had an interesting idea, however I found it hard to stay captivated at times throughout and it seemed to drag on.

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  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tally lives in an interesting time where you live in dorms until 16, then have an operation to become "pretty". But there is more to it than that. She meets intriguing characters along her journey with Shay. Will she be able keep her promise? Will she survive? YA series with interesting technology and mind set. What do you want to be - an ugly or a pretty?

Report This Oct 08, 2013
  • echo3abc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't finish this book. I can see how it would be captivating for other readers, because it's a cool concept of a futuristic world. However, for me it started out interesting, but I lost interest in Tally's journey about half way through.

Report This Oct 07, 2013
  • Aliyya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ive read the first two of this series and I have the third on hold. It takes a lot for a book to really captivate me, I usually just read the first few chapters and get bored.This series so far is AMAZING!! Read it! You will definitely not regret it. A dystopian world gone wrong!

Report This Sep 08, 2013
  • white_panda_235 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was good I suppose but not that great. People who really enjoyed this should complete the whole series.

Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • ziqiguo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The excitment of the book and the suspense focused on the sixteen years old Tally. The problem existed on will she betray her friend Shay or will she live as an ugy forever. Many factors of the story such as love and friendship lead to her desicion.

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • EclipseRebellion rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good book, but kind of sad.

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Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • ziqiguo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally Youngblood lived as un ugly and dreamed about being an pretty. At this distinctive town people were born "Ugly" and when they turn sixteen they endure a surgery to make them pretty. As Tally knew more about the town and the outside world, her knowledge deepen and the desire of becoming a pretty declined.

Report This Jul 10, 2012
  • Anita Popescu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In a future society, where mankind has had to rebuild, teens live in the bland residential zone of the Uglies - until they turn sixteen and undergo a surgery perfecting their physical features and enabling them to live happily in the world of Pretties. Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, is ecstatic to get this perfect life until she meets Shay, a girl of similar age. They get along well except for the fact that Shay doesn't seem to want to have the surgery done to her and tells Tally how they can escape. Tally wants to forget about her: However, when she disappears, Special Circumstances wants to find her, and they plan to use Tally by threatening that she won't get the operation unless she does what they want.

Report This Jun 27, 2012
  • lilaycian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally Youngblood. Average 15 year old waiting to turn 16, and get the operation to turn "pretty". That is, until she crashes a party and meets Shay. Shay doesn't want to turn pretty. To her the operation takes away individuality. But isn't that the point? No war, no hate, no feeling bad about yourself. That's what Tally thinks. But before she can convince Shay to agree, Shay runs away, leaving Tally to pick up the pieces, and go after her. After all, she can't get the operation until she finds Shay...

Report This Dec 13, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally has been waiting all her life for the operation that will make her pretty: gorgeous features, perfect body shape, big beautiful eyes, so that she can look like all of the other sixteen-year-olds and join them in their eternal pretty party across the river. Right now she feels ugly and petulant, and has nothing better to do than sneak out and break the rules by trying to find her best friend, who already turned pretty and lives in that other glittering world she is waiting to join. Then she meets someone else, someone who isn't sure that turning pretty is all it's cracked up to be. Pretty soon our heroine is entangled in intrigues, underground resistances, espionage, betrayal, and even gets to fall for someone along the way.

Report This Aug 15, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally is an ugly. She wants to be Pretty. After her best friend runs away from a surgery that every 16 year old undergoes to become "perfect", Tally is blackmailed by Special Circumstances to find her friend and the town of runaways- or stay ugly forever.

Report This May 07, 2011
  • YSlibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tally lives in a world where everyone receives plastic surgery to look beautiful and almost identical. She makes friends with someone who introduces her to the possibility of life beyond the shallow world of parties she has been looking forward to after her mandatory plastic surgery that she will have on her sixteenth birthday. She turns down the offer, not understanding how anyone would want to stay “ugly” but is blackmailed into going along as a spy for the Specials who enforce the falsely beautified and ditzified life of the city. Her plans to expose the rebels dissolve as she finds that individuality and aging aren’t so horrible after all

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  • roarabun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

tally is going to get a operation to turn her pretty (perfect) which is the norm. she becomes friend with a girl who runs away from the city/operation. tally cant get the operation till she brings shay home to the city against her wishes. so to become normal/pretty/what shes always wanted, she has to betray her friend and the smoke, a group that lives on the outside which full of those who want to don't become pretty.

All Tally wants is to be a pretty, but is it really all its cracked up to be?

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Report This Aug 19, 2013
  • ziqiguo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

”I'm Tally Youngblood," she said. "Make me pretty."

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  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I think they made newspapers here," David said. "Like books, but you threw them away and got a new one every day." "You're kidding." "Not at all. And you thought we wasted trees in the Smoke!"

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  • Hufflegirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.” ― Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

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  • agent391 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"We don't want to hurt you . . . but we will if we have to."

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  • lilaycian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty.

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  • Mahala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mistakes had serious consequences!

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  • YSlibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The most memorable quote of the book is found in the chapter The Oil Plague: “Maybe they didn’t want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There’s always one thing we depend on and if someone takes it away all that’s left is some story in a history class”.

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