Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
8th February 2005
Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation 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 worse 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.
is going to be a hard review to write, for many reasons.
than I gave it. But that’s because in general I found it kind of, meh. This book had a lot of hype around
it as well, which set my expectations kind of high. That might also be a reason
why I was a bit disappointed.
And I know that if I read this before Divergent
and The Hunger Games, I would’ve
loved it. But I didn’t, and I read it afterwards. Which made it fall short in
behind it. This one is by far the most meaningful dystopian I have read. There
is a lot of messages about friendship, about life being what you think it is,
and also about betrayal in there. That was good to read and I liked the idea of
the Uglies and Pretties, and I think that Pretty not being all it seemed is
something we should think about when living everyday life as well.
the characters here. Tally was okay, Shay was okay, David was okay and nothing
special. The plot was interesting and occasionally perked my interest, but the
action wasn’t anything that got me too excited and had me turning every page to
know what was going to happen. And then when it comes to the romance, it was
there and straightforward (for once! None of that love triangle business,) but
it was kind of meh and not really a bit necessity for the story for anything.