Saturday, December 8, 2012
REVIEW: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Post-apocalyptic/Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult/Adult
Summary: Set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone upon reaching their fifteenth birthday undergoes extensive plastic surgery to become "pretty" and anyone who does not undergo the transformation is an "ugly". Tally must ultimately decide for herself what she values the most; meeting her society's expectations or being true to herself.
Lucinda's Views: With its original setting and original premise, this book is an enjoyable, memorable read. Tally's battle within herself and the expectations of her society beg the question to the reader, "is it better to conform and be accepted by society or to be true to oneself?" Tally's struggle also mirrors that struggle that all go through in order to come to self-knowledge. Well-written and wholly original, this book is worth read! I would also like to recommend the remainder of the series, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.