Uglies❰Read❯ ➲ Uglies Author Scott Westerfeld – Tally is about to turn sixteen and she can't wait In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty And as a pretty she'll be catapulted int Tally is about to turn sixteen and she can't wait In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty And as a pretty she'll be catapulted into a high tech paradise where her only job is to have funBut Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty 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 a choice find her friend and turn her in or never turn pretty at all Tally's choice will change her world forever. I need to never run into Scott Westerfeld down a dark alley or during a Civil War reenactment or at Charlton Heston's house or wherever My deep desire not to be arrested for murder would have an epic battle with my need to reach for a weapon when I see his stupid face In all fairness as you see I coughed up three stars for this book so I will clarify that my empty threatening is really directed toward Pretties and Specials books two and three in this series I'm posting this review on the link for the first book in the hopes that it will inspire people to put this book on their list of books never to read If you read this book there is the danger that you may want to continue with the series but trust me you really don'tIn listing what I don't like about this series I'll start with EVERYTHING from the characters to the plot to the worldview that I imagine would inspire a story of this kind of depth and breadth of ambivalence The premise of Uglies is that in the future when kids reach puberty they all have mandatory plastic surgery to turn their bodies into a perfect standard of beauty based on human brain reactions to visual stimulus Unfortunately and this is a slight spoiler so my apologies but it really is an element that is pretty obvious from page one though not clearly stated until later when the kids are having the surgeries to make them pretty the surgeons change their brains too to determine their decision making abilities capacity for independent thought and even sense response Basically the pretty surgery makes most people stupid unless the occupation that the government determines for them reuires intelligence So far so good it's your basic government takeover dystopia Yes kids if you let the government give you free health care checkups it's only a small step to the day they start chopping up your brainLuckily said ugly teens particularly our protagonist Tally through her bff Shay discover that if they flee to the wilderness they will be able to live a life of freedom and romance Oh what's that? Did I say romance? Thanks again Jean Jacues Rousseau Percy Bysshe Shelley Ralph Waldo Emerson et al Sometimes when characters go out into the wilderness I don't even know Does the phrase it's been done even begin to cover my feelings on that topic? Thus begins the cat fight between Tally and Shay that is the uniting thread of this entire series You see there is a wilderness boy imagine my surprise who is uite a catch even though he's ugly and there's some jealousy and betrayal and kick ass hoverboarding You get the ideaLet me clarify the problems I have listed so far1 Suspicion of the city using a retreat to the wild as the solution to social ills It's a tired premise2 Cattiness of the female protagonist and portraying the central female character as mostly driven by her current crush and competition with other women That is a huge pet peeve of mineThose however are small forgivable wrongs compared to the basic disingenuousness of the moral arguments Westerfeld makes While he on one level criticizes the idea of basing society on a hierarchy of physical looks the characters repeatedly interact within that hierarchy calling each other pretty and ugly at every turn and defining pretty people very specifically Even the repetition of the words ugly and pretty undercuts any message Westerfeld might have against pigeonholing people I found myself seeing people in the grocery store and evaluating whether they met the evolutionary definition of pretty as according to this series It's creepy and annoying Westerfeld can be as showy as he wants about how it is limiting to judge people based on their appearance but I argue that he is actually encouraging that same shallow judgment if only by instruction and repetition For example it's like saying kids don't shoplift but here's how to shoplift if you ever want to do it And here's a catchy shoplifting song to sing with your group of friends who really should have a name Hey we could call you guys the 'shoplifting gang' Don't shoplift though What's the real message there? Ultimately the arguments of the government that reuires the pretty surgeries also make a lot of sense in the stories The surgeries solve anorexia bring world peace and save the environment Plastic surgery sounds fun too and Westerfeld literally makes no compelling arguments against body alteration At the same time I'm left feeling that Westerfeld thinks it is a bad idea though he is not convincingIf Westerfeld's discussion of body image wasn't enough of a travesty the point in this series where this backwards arguing makes me want to wipe him off the face of the planet is when he introduces cutting By cutting I'm not talking about skipping school If you are not familiar with cutting it is a form of self mutilation that has been growing in popularity with teenagers over the past few years I'm going to go ahead and say it's been growing in popularity since 2006 when the book Specials was published In Specials our catty female protagonist and her buddies discover that by slicing up their arms they experience a particularly satisfying high and all of their senses are strengthened Ultimately they randomly decide that this is a bad idea but Westerfeld only implies their reasoning for that decision and again I'm left with the feeling that probably everyone should be a cutter because in the context of the story it's pretty badass I think that was the point where I started yelling and throwing things around my houseUnfortunately some parts of these stories are actually engaging not seriously engaging but passably and for a while I wanted to find out what happened to everyone even while I wanted to burn the author's house down The truly unforgivable wrongs are his wolf in sheep's clothing discussions of teen body image and self mutilation issues His characters never develop deep self respect or intelligent motivation for their actions and even when their decisions seem healthy Westerfeld makes a better argument for the unhealthy decisions Now I realize that I didn't even talk about the uber annoying slang language he develops for the Pretties and Specials I'll just say that these books are not bubbly and leave it at that So my wife and I occasionally swap books which may seem a little kooky However you have to keep things spicy when you’ve been married as long as we have and since nipple showers with hot candle wax make me break out into shouts of “FUCKARELLA THAT HURTS” we needed some alternative sizzle So she hooks me up with this little philly of a novel while I matched her with The Lies of Locke Lamora Wellmy wife loved the book I set her up withas I knew she would because it is all over awesome Of course I will admit I was a tick jealous when I would look over and she her lying on the bed heart throbbing on Locke Lamora with a wistful smile on her face That used to be meI miss you Locke As for me I didn’t find a love connection with this book Don’t get me wrong I think the story has some wonderful ualities that I can respect it but there wasn’t going to be a “let’s do this again sometime” in our future However even though I didn’t go all Lamar and Chloe on this book I do still owe my wife a HUGE debt of gratitude Why you ask? Because if she wanted to be a nasty ms she could have chosen for me to read Twilight which would have caused me all kinds of trauma Honeyyou are just too good to me Anyway there have been so many other excellent reviews of this book that detail the plot that I will just give a brief synop before telling you what I think The story involves a future dystopia in which everyone at age 16 is radically transformed using extreme plastic surgery to become “pretty”kinda like The OC The theory is that by removing all distinctions based on physical appearance you will also remove the jealousy and bias from society and make everyone sunny and sexy I thought for the most part that it was an excellent way to exploring themes of youthful angst about fitting in and larger issues social conformity While not as good as other YAs I’ve read I thought that the world envisioned by the story was fresh and promising and fit within the framework of the novel In other wordsI thought it worked I also thought that as the story unfolded and we learned about the TRUTH behind the society and the real purpose for the transformative surgery the story became a lot interesting That said there are two main reasons why I couldn’t rate this higher than I did First the pace was much too turtle like for me and events seemed to take way too long to wrap up It just made it impossible for me to slip into the story However the biggest chunky in the punch bowl for me was the main character Tally who I found annoying She drove me completely cranky for most of the book and it is tough to find win if the main biddy is giving you a case of the grumps However to her credit Tally did begin to redeem her image towards the tail of the book and there are preliminary indications that she may upgrade into a compelling protag in the subseuent novels However in this one she was lugging around a minus sign often than not So overall excellent back story and interesting world building give me some reason to think that the seuels might be worth a gander at some point I just pray to George Burns that Tally can grow out of her “bugging me phase” and that the pace could hit the accelerator in subseuent installments On final comment that probably affected my feelings about this book I recently read an incredibly powerful short story called Ponies A TorCom Original that covered many of the themes in this book That story was only TWO PAGES long and yet conveyed a MUCH MORE POWERFUL message Just my opine 20 to 25 stars “In a world of extreme beauty anyone normal is ugly” In Tally Youngblood's society everyone obtains absolute physical perfection the perfect skin hair eyes literally everything At least after you turn sixteen and undergo the right operationsTally at age 15 is an Ugly right now but after her birthday she will get to become Pretty She can then move out of the Ugly Dorms and into New Pretty Town It's all she wantsAfter all who in their right mind would choose to remain Ugly? All she has to do is wait to turn 16 With all of Tally's friends already Pretty and living in New Pretty Town it's shaping up to be a very long boring summerEnter Shay another Ugly who Tally meets during one particularly wicked trick Tally grabbed a bungee vest and dived off a Pretty building Shay has the same birthday as Tally and for a while the two of them spend all of their time together “I want those perfect eyes and lips and for everyone to look at me and gasp And for everyone who sees me to think Who's that? and want to get to know me and listen to what I sayI'd rather have something to say” Then Shay comes to Tally with a wild story There are people Smokies who live outside of their city and would rather remain Ugly than turn Pretty It's absolutely insane by Tally's standardsA few days before their birthday Shay takes off to find the Smokies leaving Tally to go through the operation along Only on the day of the operationTally finds herself barred She must lead the Specials aka Special Circumstances aka the police task force to the Smokies or she will never turn PrettySo armed with nothing but dehydrated food water purifier hover board and a sleeping bag she sets off to become the Judas Goat She's waited all her life to become Pretty there's no way she wants to be stuck with her Ugliness forever Only along the way she finds friends in unexpected places she learns things about herself that she never thought possible and discovers something far horrifying about the Pretties than she could ever have imagined Your personality the real you inside was the price of beauty And the overconfident Specials are going to get than they bargained for “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” Rereading this one as an adult really made this one pop in my mind It definitely passed the test of timeThe only thing that bugged me was that this one did manifest one of my pet peeves Namely the tension is motivated and maintained by people keeping secrets It's just why can't they communicate??? Oh yeah it's cause then there wouldn't be anything to drive the plot anyAudiobook CommentsWell read by Emma Tremaine The guy voices sounded a bit weak but it was still a great one to listen toYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading I’ve only seen one episode of The Twilight Zone In this episode a woman undergoes a battery of surgeries to look normal At the end of the episode viewers learn that this latest surgery has failed the woman is still hideous Except that to the audience she is beautiful Online research led me to another episode where teenagers are surgically altered to live longer and conform to a unified standard of beauty based on a limited number of acceptable “models” “Uglies” Scott Westerfeld’s dystopic novel plays similar games of perceptionThe novel starts with Tally Youngblood a fifteen year old girl desperately waiting for her sixteenth birthday when she will be reunited with her best friend and importantly when she will finally be pretty“Uglies” is set in the distant future after a mysterious global catastrophe precipitated changes to the foundations of what readers would call modern society Fearful of war and violence cities now operate as independent states think Renaissance Italy as opposed to contemporary Italy Isolated and self sufficient the cities have agreed to certain standards for the greater goodNew technology ensures that citizens never want for food or luxury items weapons of any kind are largely illegal and at the age of sixteen everyone undergoes a series of extreme surgeries to better conform to societal standards of beauty The logic being that since humans are preconditioned to respond to certain visual cues in each other already big eyes are non threatening a clear complexion and good teeth indicate that a person is healthy applying these beauty standards will reduce conflict and create a harmonious societyBut in a world where everyone is movie star gorgeous oldies like Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo are considered “natural pretties” normal people are so not pretty In short they’re uglyThings change for Tally when she meets Shay another Ugly girl who wants to run away before the operation to a place called The Smoke where people can live like “Rusties” that would be us basically in the wilderness without any surgery As the novel progresses and Special Circumstances a government agency coerces Tally into finding The Smoke for them Tally is forced to choose what means friendship or beauty?As the plot might suggest this is a science fiction novel Just to be clear the real difference between sci fi and fantasy is that the technology in science fiction novels could conceivably work if someone ever built it dragons most likely are never going to be genetically engineered so they’re a good indicator of a fantasy novel At times this leads to explanation of say hoverboard mechanics in the novel than is strictly necessary to the plot but the rest of the book makes up for this small shortcomingWhat makes Uglies great besides how it looks at cultural values is Westerfeld’s use of language The novel is not pretentious or brash Instead Westerfeld creates a narrative voice that is really uniue—especially for a sweeping sci fi saga like the Uglies trilogy The novel opens with Tally observing that “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit” That is not it is fair to say a typical opening for any novel Yet Westerfeld moves from that observation seamlessly into the storyThis book is the first in the Uglies trilogy followed by “Pretties” and “Specials” which focuses on Tally and her city The scope of each book can largely stand alone but to get the full story it’s best to read the entire trilogy Additionally Westerfeld released a companion book to the trilogy last year called “Extras” which is set a few years after the trilogy with different main characters“Uglies” is simultaneously funny and frightening showing how overvalued beauty can be while illustrating how Tally’s world has been conditioned to believe there’s no other way to live The sections where Westerfeld describes the Rusty Ruins and the end of that era are particularly haunting and eerily reminiscent of the History Channel’s recent documentary “Life After People”Sci fi book discussions often bring up a writer’s “world building” in reference to how well a writer creates their alternate universe Westerfeld’s world is built really well The cities have their own culture the characters their own slang but Westerfeld manages to bring in enough references to our own contemporary culture that it’s easy for readers to believe Tally’s world is built on the ruins of our ownYou can find this review and on my blog Miss Print Nope couldn’t finish it Sigh I thought I was going to like this one It started off fine and all And then everything fell apart Yes that dramaticAm I the only one who was deeply offended by this piece of crap ? This book is wrong wrong wrongThe writing itself isn’t particularly well isn’t anything really But this is supposed to be a book about beauty with a big B and the writing doesn’t do justice to the theme I’d even call it Ugly The characters are stereotyped Tally is a brainwashed moron Okay she was raised to believe the ideology of her country but she cannot think by herself She wonders whether to betray the Smoke the rebellious uglies and you know what helps her make the right decision? A boy Woohoo thank God he was there with his adorable crooked smile his sweet kisses and his handmade leather shoes otherwise I really would have thought that she was an immoral bitch This also means that the fate of an entire city depends of the hormonal state of our young hero DUDEThe boy himself is phew of course he thinks Tally is beautiful special strong smart unlike anyone else when she is in fact so flat that I could surf on her back In fact she’s “the only one who truly understands” Pleaaaaaase He was raised to be a very careful and independent thinker but he falls for the first pair of boobs he encounters and turns out to be a spy Good jobShay was the best character until Westerfeld reduced her to some stupid vapid girl She who expressed interesting and deep as much deep as this book can be thoughts became a giggling naïve brainless chick whose only interest is of course the boy with the handmade leather shoesAnyway let’s move on to the real problem The content has almost nothing to do with the premise The book is full of ecologist propaganda Westerfeld keeps telling us how bad bad BAD things we humans are He calls our generation the Rusties Isn’t that nice? He criticizes everything we do Oh wait no he praises the invention of the Roller Coaster We’re bad because we use metal we’re bad because we’re savages who eat animals and because we “killed every living thing” Well apparently not because there are a lot of forests and flowers despite our destructive frenzyI was going to uote some passages but the words are so offensive I just can’t We’re freaks we’re ugly and we’re wrong This must not be the message intended but it’s all I got from this book It’s like Westerfeld wants us to go back to some primitive way of life He doesn’t criticize our mistakes he condemns progress He’s not warning us he’s trying to shove his dogma down our throats He’s telling us “I’m right you should believe me because I detain the truth” I deeply love nature and also fear for its future but I want to believe that mankind has an eual capacity for creation and destruction for beauty and ugliness for right and wrong It’s depressing to read about how hopeless we are Westerfeld lacks delicacy neutrality He’s not objective“Nature at least didn’t need an operation to be beautiful It just was” How about us? Aren’t we part of nature? Aren’t we beautiful then the way we are? For Westerfeld this is Nature versus Mankind He takes us apart from it he draws a line between the Earth and our species I believe that everything that lives on Earth is connected that we’re a part of a whole If you really want to write about nature and man you shouldn’t make them opposite Instead look for what makes us part of the earth what connects us to the rest of the world the plants the animals We are a part of this planet we are nature and culture I believe that it is where lies the true beauty of our condition I want to believe that some of us can see that that we will realize how important nature is not because it just feeds us or that flowers are pretty but because we are one with itThe plot itself is weak I don’t understand what the real issue of the book is The government doesn’t look threatening I didn’t feel the pressure I felt in The Hunger Games for example I I don’t understand what the Smokies are doing what is their purpose I have no empathy for them or any of the characters Everything is very confusing Westerfeld wants to talk about free thinking nature man beauty but he doesn’t do it wellAlso I may not be an expert about economics but it seems to me that without a financial system a country cannot work In the Pretties society no one pays for anything and Tally is shocked when she learns that at the Smoke people have to give to receive So yeah it made me frown ive read this bookseries a handful of times over the past decade or so and have somehow never written a review for it time to fix that although some of my feelings have changed as ive gotten older its impossible to get rid of the strong feeling of nostalgia this evokes each time i pick up the book what drew me to this story when i was a teenager still remains as an adult i love how this personifies the notion that true beauty is who you are as a person not what you look like yes this is done superficially with classic early 2000s dystopian drama but the idea still stands i think this is an important topic in YA culture one i definitely needed back than and still does good nowso the 5 stars remain if for sentimentality alone ↠ 45 stars Uglies Uglies #1 2005 Scott WesterfeldUglies is a 2005 science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld It is set in a future post scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is considered an ugly but then turned Pretty by extreme cosmetic surgery when they reach the age 16 It tells the story of teenager Tally Young blood who rebels against society's enforced conformity after her newfound friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a Prettyتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پانزدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان زشتها کتاب اول از چهارگانه؛ نویسنده اسکات وسترفیلد؛ مترجم نوشین هنرپیشه؛ ویراستار نیما کهندانی؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1393، در دو جلد؛ شابک جلد اول 97860062255555؛ جلد دوم 9786006225562؛ در 448 ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 21 متالی به زودی شانزده‌ ساله می‌شود، او نمی‌تواند صبر کند تا چند هفته‌ ی دیگر عمل جراحی ای را انجام خواهد داد، که او را از یک زشت نفرت‌ انگیز، به زیبارویی خیره‌ کننده، تبدیل خواهد کرد؛ و پس از زیباشدن، در بهشتی با فن‌آوری پیشرفته، زندگی خواهد کرد؛ که تنها کار او در آنجا، خوش‌ گذراندن است اما دوست جدید تالی، «شِی»، مطمئن نیست که می‌خواهد زیبا شود، یا نه پس از فرار شِی، تالی، بُعد تازه‌ ای از زندگی زیباروها را، کشف می‌کند و بُعد چندان زیبایی نیست مقامات دولتی، گزینشی پیش روی تالی می‌گذراند؛ میخواهند دوستش را پیدا کند، و تحویل دهد، یا هیچ وقت زیبا نخواهد شد انتخاب تالی دنیای او را برای همیشه تغییر خواهد داد کتاب حاضر نخستین قسمت از مجموعه‌ ی چهار قسمتی زشت‌ها است ا شربیانی Do you know that feeling when you really want to punch a character in the face? Well Tally Youngblood you must be grateful that I can't see your face Now I should stop the rant the book itself was a uick read but I don't get the hype Enjoyable yes Good not that much I'm not really sure if I'll ever finish this series Maybe one day if I'm actually bored I remember my initial disappointment when Scott Westerfeld switched from adult sf to YA fiction How could he do this to me? I liked his books but I don't wanna read a dopey YA novelI'd read in an interview that it was mostly a financial decision the YA market has exploded and that's where the money is right now How can you fault a guy for trying to make a living?As a junior high Language Arts teacher it's impossible not to notice that Westerfeld's first YA series has done extremely well I guess it's time I checked it out for myselfWell after the first section of the novel I can understand why Uglies has been a hit with the YA crowd it's a fun easy read While Westerfeld hasn't completely dumbed down his writing it is certainly much accessible than his adult novels Tally is a likeable teenager that the readers will identify with and her plights are standard ones considering the world she inhabitsYes it takes some suspension of disbelief to accept the premise that all people are given massive plastic surgery and made pretty at the age of 16 But if you are willing to accept the premise the rest of the world makes sense Tally wants to be pretty as do all teens in this world But she's a mischievous girl and loves to play pranks and pull tricks When she meets up with Shay a fellow prankster her world is turned upside down Shay introduces her to a world where people don't consider being pretty the ultimate goal and when Shay runs away choosing NOT to be made pretty Tally is led down a road that will completely alter how she sees herself and the world around herWesterfeld has created a good old fashioned coming of age tale in a sf world Sure it's a YA novel but that's ok We need to create another generation of sf readers It might be a bit of an easy read for a sophisticated ie old reader like myself but it was still enjoyable The book is in fact the first of a trilogy but it is possible to read the first novel by itself Sure the story continues but Westerfeld does give the first book a sense of closure I think the YA market is lucky to have Westerfeld I hope he continues to have great success And maybe someday he'll write adult novels for his growing legion of YA fans Three hundred years after an apocalyptic sized disaster that reshaped the world Tally is about to turn 16 and pretty In her contained isolated self sufficient city just like all the other contained isolated self sufficient cities the operation to make her pretty will be intensive extreme and as far as she and everyone else alive is concerned absolutely worth it Once she's pretty she'll go to live across the river in New Pretty Town and party the nights away loved by allIt's a shock to her then to find that her friend Shay doesn't want to be pretty and doesn't think she's ugly now Of course she's ugly everyone's ugly before the operation But Shay runs away to the mysterious secretive Smoke where her friend David awaits leaving Tally a set of cryptic directions in case she changes her mind and decides to go too But Tally has no intention of running away turning pretty is all she wants so she can be with her friend Peris again across the river and be noticed and listened to because beautiful people cannot be ignoredBut on the day of her own operation she is taken instead to Special Circumstances where cruel pretties with lethal reflexes bring her to Dr Cable They want to know about Shay and the Smoke and where it is located but Tally keeps her promise not to tell Even when Dr Cable tells her she won't get the operation and be turned pretty until she does what they ask she does not yield Not until Peris unexpectedly visits her in Uglyville and reminds her of the promise she made him that she would be with him again a promise that predates the one she made Shay Latching onto this ray of hope for she doesn't want to stay ugly the rest of her life Tally is sent to spy for Special Circumstances and give them the location of the Smoke by sending a transmission via a heart pendant given her by Dr CableWhen she arrives though it's not that simple Yes the people are all ugly and that takes a while to get used to But there's something else about them something sharp and clear at odds with the vacuousness of all the pretties she's ever known including her own parents And then there's David who was born in the Smoke and is definitely not pretty but who teaches her that she's beautiful because of who she is not what she looks likeI really enjoyed this book It reminded me a lot of Isobelle Carmody's books her heroines especially and also Ellie from John Marsden's Tomorrow series and a host of others She's a uick thinker afraid yet brave resourceful and caring faced with a choice no one at sixteen would want to have to make The writing style is clear and descriptive without wasting a word the characters deftly portrayed While the themes and messages of the book may not be subtle nor are they meant to be since we're talking about the structure of their world here there are depths to the concept and nothing's black and white There are also little digs about our own lifestyle we are the Rusties in the book because what's left of our cities are just rusty ruins about how we clear fell forests and waste resources and genetically modify plants The entire concept could have fallen flat on its face for being too contrived and as superficial as the operation itself but Westerfeld holds it all together with a great heroine in Tally a dark sci fi underworld beneath the glitter and party fun and an examination into what price we really want to pay for the things we hold most dear

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  • Paperback
  • 425 pages
  • Uglies
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • English
  • 23 December 2016
  • 9780689865381