Author: Scott Westerfeld
Category: Young Adult
Status: Book 1 of Uglies series
Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an ‘Ugly’ into a ‘Pretty’. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also fifteen – but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in the forest – the Rusty Ruins – where Uglies go to escape ‘ turning’. Tally won’t be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she’s ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway – against her will. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she could ever imagine: find her friend Shay and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing ‘pretty’ about the transformations… And the choice Tally makes will change her world forever.
I’ve heard SO MUCH about this series. It’s been a long time since it published but I added it to my TBR when I was in my dystopia obsession phase. I saw it around enough that I thought it was super good.
It wasn’t. For me, at least.
Tally lives in a city where you live as an Ugly until you’re sixteen when you have a surgery that makes you Pretty. Until getting the surgery, everyone only thinks about becoming Pretty and after they do, they spend their live partying and enjoying being Pretty.
Tally, while spending her days waiting for her sixteenth birthday, meets another girl called Shay. Shay is also the same age as Tally and after a while of hanging out, Shay tries to convince Tally of her original beauty. Basically she says she doesn’t want the surgery and wants to run away out of the city.
Tally doesn’t agree with Shay and all she wants is to become a Pretty. But she ends up NOT getting the surgery because authorities want her to find Shay and the rest, who have been escaping. She has to find her friend and turn her in to get the surgery.
My thoughts on the plot: I WAS BORED. I’ll talk more about Tally in the next section but I found the plot to be so disappointing. Maybe this is because I’ve read The Hunger Games and Legend, which are way better Dystopian books. But yeah, I didn’t like it. I’m glad I bought the book from a second hand bookstore because I can sell it back.
Also, the ending?? The plot used to further the story for the sequel was so anti-climatic. Tbh there was no peak in the whole book! I was stone-faced the ENTIRE TIME. Maybe the sequels are better but I am not trying.
Okay so I hated Tally. She was boring, thought ONLY about becoming a Pretty and joining her now Pretty best friend. She agreed to TURN SHAY IN in return for the surgery.
Above that, she JUDGED the escapees. She saw the outside world, where the building stand because of balance and not because of the magnetic plate under the ground, and she sees how the world used to be. She sees that she is pretty without the surgery and STILL does not accept the notion.
And let’s not even talk about her romance with some guy, whose name I forgot because I don’t care about the story at all. The only reason I read the whole book was because I paid for the paperback.
Nope, I hated it. When I finished the book, I was glad I did not have to read about Tally anymore. I had finished reading it during class and when my friends asked me about it, all I said was that it’s boring and I’m glad it’s over.