Another review post :D
written by: Scott Westerfeld
genre: dystopian, romance, young adult
pages (my version): 425
release date: februari 8th, 2005
own / library / borrow
series: yes, #1 of the series 'Uglies'
publisher: Simon and Shuster
note: This book taught me one thing: Never ever judge a book by its cover. The cover of this book (the version I read) is just so very ugly. But it did not matter, and was even funny to me because there were 'dead' barbies, and below there was written uglies cuz they're ugly :)
The book takes place in a world 300 years from this one. There are the pretties and the uglies. Below the age of 16 everyone is ugly, and after the age of 16 hardly anyone. On their 16th birthday people will turn pretty, with an extreme version of plastic surgery. Now you are most likely thinking: "How can this be a bad thing, with everyone being pretty?!"
Tally, an almost 16-year-old girl, is left without friends on Uglytown. Her friend, Peris, turned pretty and did not return to Uglytown. Tally goes to New Pretty Town and finds him. He has changed, turned pretty. She was recognised as ugly and had to leave New Pretty Town. Peris told her not to do anything wrong. That they would be together in 3 weeks.
But, of course, there had to happen something. Tally meets Shay, another girl her age from Uglytown. Together they pull lots of bad tricks. They get out of town. They become good friends, best friends. But Shay is still doubting if she wants to be pretty. She wants to run away to her friends in the Smoke. But does this whole Smoke place excist?
- on the characters: I liked that the girls ruled in this book. They (Tally and Shay) dared to do more than anyone. And the fact that a man wrote this book makes it even more fantastic. Tally is this girl you want to have as a friend, but you are too shy for. (or at least, I'm to shy for being her friend) and Shay is this one girl that is pretending always. Pretending that she dares to do everything. Pretending her life is perfect. But you will find out her life is not perfect after all when you get to know her better...
- on the future the book displays: Okay, this is very hard to say without spoilers. I liked the world at first, it seemed all perfect and better. But when you get to know this world and its secrets you will be horrified! There are some pretty cool inventions like hoverboards on which you can fly and bungeejackets with which you can bungeejump without the elastic cord :D
- on the way the book was written: The way this book was written annoyed me, a lot. It was way to simply written. Example (book) She wore a green T-shirt. (better) She wore a shirt. It was green, with a few spots on it that showed how often it was already worn. The shirt was a little bit oversized, but she looked very good in it. (or whatever) That was a very bad example, but I hope that you get my point
- on the cover: This cover sucks! There also are other versions of this book, and their covers are way more pretty. But I still think the cover has something to do with the books
- the end: Great, unespected, but a torture. I will say it always, so also now: I hate cliffhangers!
I liked this book, I even liked it very much! The amounts of girlpower, romance and hate are perfectly balanced. I think this book is more enjoyable for children a little younger than me, about 11-12 years old. It was a pageturner, but I could put it away, so it was not a very pageturnery pageturner... I'll give this book
I hate cliffhangers because they make me want to read the next book as fast as possible, and so did this book. I will defenitely read part 2 in this series, Pretties.
Next review: I still have to choose
1) Beautiful Chaos
2) Halfling (ARC)
xoxo Mar, your reading-reviewing crazy girl <3