This is another book in the teen fiction category, borrowed from my daughter Jade. I had never read any of Scott Westerfield’s books before, and I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis or the back cover. I just dove right in. I’m kind of glad I did. It was like watching a movie without having seen a preview. I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
At first, I was a bit confused by the references to Pretty Town and being pretty versus being ugly in the first few pages. Then it dawned on me that this is of the fantasy genre. lol! Uglies introduces a world where there are uglies and there are pretties. In this world, everyone is required, at 16 years old, to undergo an operation which will alter their physical appearance to conform to a ‘pretty’ standard. Whatever imperfections or uniqueness that they were born with which doesn’t comply with the standards set by the ‘pretty committee’ is eliminated and they are in essence air brushed so that they look as pretty as everyone else.
Tally Youngblood is a typical 15 year old in temprerament. Her best friend just became pretty and now she is all alone in the ugly dormitories across the river from Pretty Town. She looks across the river and counts the days until she too will become pretty and be able to join her friends. That is, until she meets Shay, another ugly who has the same birthday as Tally and who has also been left behind by her friends. Unlike Tally though, Shay doesn’t want to become pretty. She wants to stay just the way she is.
And this is where the adventure starts…