Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
It has been more than 10 years since I have read this series by Scott Westerfeld. I have now read it for second time, and my opinion is still the same: this book is amazing! The characters are interesting and dynamic, the plot relates to a topic that many tend to talk about today, the writing is superb, and this novel shows people what it means to find who you are and not what society dictates you to be. I grew up with the old cover (right), and I absolutely love that cover, in addition to the fact that you cannot find the first edition in bookstores anymore, unless you happen across one at a used bookstore.
If you are new to the world of Uglies, I share with you some of the well-crafted characters and plot.
Tally Youngblood is an Ugly and she is counting down the days until her 16th birthday, when she gets the surgery to be a Pretty. When she meets a girl named Shay, Tally is excited to have found a friend, but also put off by the girl’s this disinterest in becoming a Pretty. With Shay, Tally learns about natural beauty, that being a Pretty isn’t necessarily all that it’s cooked up to be. But it takes her a long time to discover this.
When invited to run away from surgery day with Shay, Tally denies the opportunity, still excited to become a Pretty. But a Special Circumstance prevents Tally from being allowed to have her long-awaited surgery. Tally is asked by a unique, intelligent group of Pretties, called Specials, to find where Shay went, and to draw the Specials to The Smoke, a hiding place of Uglies who do not wish to conform to the mandates of society.
Upon joining the Uglies of The Smoke, Tally meets David and learns the meaning of true beauty and loving oneself. Upon meeting David’s parents, Tally learns secrets about the Pretty surgery that have her questioning the society she has grown up in. Now Tally aims to fight, to change the dystopia she lives in, a world of perfect beauty where people cannot think for themselves, a world of corrupt societal values.
So why did I read this book again? While there are many many books in my collection that I wish to read again, there are so many books and so little time, making rereading anything an absolute challenge. But this is a book I love so much that I had been dying to reread, to revisit Tally, The Smoke, and Uglyville. To revisit a society that makes you perfect when you turn 16. The time is ripe, whether you are reading this for the first time, the second, or the tenth, because Westerfeld has announced a four book series taking place years after the Uglies series, based in the same world. With one book coming out each year, starting 2018 to 2021, it is exciting for new and old fans of the series alike.