Thursday, July 30, 2009

Book Review - Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Series

These books are in no way new, but for my first book review I thought I would go with something that I was familiar with.

The Uglies Series consists of four books, Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.

The series is set 300 years in the future, after much of civilization has been wiped out. Only a select few cities remain, all of which are highly technologically advanced.
In these cities, when a person turns 16 years old they are given a surgery in order to make them "Pretty". "Pretty" people have perfectly symmetrical facial features, chiseled bodies, and they live a care-free life.
"Pretties" are given whatever they want, whenever they want. Until someone is a pretty, they're stuck living in a dorm-like setting, only being given things after earning enough credits doing different tasks.

The first three books in the series follow a young girl named Tally Youngblood. Tally cannot wait until she is "pretty", but soon before her surgery she discovers a deep secret that changes the course of history for her, and many others, forever.

In my opinion, the books featuring Tally Youngblood as a main character are the best.

That being said, the fourth book in the series, Extras, is still quite an enjoyable book. It centers around a girl named Aya Fuse. Aya wants nothing more to be popular, and after being sneaky, using gadgets, and worming her way into a secret clique, she seems to get her wish... until she unearths a secret that is mind-shattering. Tally Youngblood makes an appearance in Extras, which is a key factor in the book being enjoyable.

Overall, the Uglies series is a great series for anyone interested in stories about the future, science fiction, mystery, and suspense.
It is geared at Young Adults, but my mother read every book all the way through and enjoyed every minute of it.

These books are an easy read, and can be finished in one sitting if someone is an avid reader like I am. The story is unique, and at times it can be very witty and clever.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and I hope that some of you will find the time to sit down and enjoy this series.
It's worth the read.

About the Author:
Scott Westerfeld is the author of many science fiction books. His latest is Leviathan.
He was born in Dallas, TX. He spends his time working on books, and flying between New York and Sydney, Australia.
His official website can be found here.

Buy the books here, or at your local bookstore.

On a totally unrelated note, I won a contest! Eee!

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Anonymous said...

These books sound cool!

Cute new siggy!

Kristina P. said...

I've never heard of these books, but they sound awesome!

Jillene said...

This is the first I have heard of this series. Crap--and I just went to the Library today. Next time....

GREAT new look Lee!!

Anonymous said...

A girl I ran track with read some of those books for a research paper once. I've always been curious about them. Did you read them for that books for bloggers site?

Wendyburd1 said...

What did you win??

And those books are on my List of Books To Read Someday. Email me what Tally discovers though, I need NEED to know! Is it that the prettys are actually the uglies, like in that Twilight Zone??

Sheri said...

Nice review. The books sound cool.

Grand Pooba said...

Wow, I love the new look! Hopefully it will still be here in 2 weeks lol!

Great review! And a very interesting concept! I will have to check them out for sure, I just finished the book I was reading so I need a new one!

Laila Of Course! said...

Heheh, yeah, I read these books-- I just didn't like how they ended, unfortunately. :) Ah well.
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Kendra Logan said...

I've read these books before, and they're really good! I love the way Pretties talk :)


Anonymous said...

The books sound interesting. Congrats on winning a giveaway!

Anonymous said...

i luv the books i didnt even now they excisted until i raed ur page.
luv u lots like tator tots:)

Anonymous said...

i luv the books i didnt even now they excisted until i raed ur page.
luv u lots like tator tots:)

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