Sanguine reviews Uglies by Scott Westerfield


Another great book review from @Sanguine


“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 fun.

“But 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…”


The first line of this pulled me in, not because of how well-written it was, but solely because of the sheer oddity of it: “The early summer sky was the colour of cat vomit.” Following that was a description of said summer sky, but the way it was described just kept me reading. And I am glad that I did. Mostly.

Uglies is not one of the best books that I have ever read, but it certainly was one of the more engaging ones. I got a bit lost at times, and the characters stopped acting like themselves at different parts, but overall it was very good. There were times that I got pretty irritated, like when one character (*cough* Shay! *cough*) started acting like a jealous little kid instead of the strong girl she is supposed to be, simply because of a crush. She got very possessive which was very out of character compared to how she was first represented and introduced. That bothered me a lot, because it felt like the story was sending the wrong message about girls there.

The beginning was a bit confusing to me, mainly because of the way time was described. It passed without being mentioned, though sometimes an indication of it was given through dialogue. I like knowing how much time has passed in a book, or my mind starts picking out what it thinks are mistakes because of the passage of time but they turn out to be not mistakes. Those parts left me feeling guilty, for picking out mistakes, and annoyed, mostly because I’d be wrong.

Apart from the passage of time and the characterisation, I felt that the story was brilliant. The idea was original and the description captured me at every tree, at every ruin and at every fall. I was sucked into the book completely, which is a sign of fantastic storytelling, and I did not want to stop reading.

I can say for absolute certain that I will be reading the rest of the series. The books are already waiting for me on my kindle to be read, after all.


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