Book Review: Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Decades after the "Rusties" (our generation current, approximately) nearly destroyed the earth, a new (slightly disturbing) way of life exists. Everyone is turned Pretty at the age of 16, by way of extreme cosmetic surgery. Tally Youngblood discovers the frightening downsides to becoming pretty as she and a group of Uglies rebel against the forced conformity of society. This dystopic novel plows through adolescent themes of friendship, betrayal, conformity, and emotional and physical change. I loved the general idea of the novel: conformity taken to drastic measures. In doing so, it emphasizes how horrifying some of the ideas our society today has about beauty and conformity. This was a fantastic, fast-reading science fiction novel, that I would definitely recommend. 

Uglies is the first book in The Uglies series. It is followed by: Pretties, Specials, and Extras.



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