“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
How can you not be impressed with a first line like that? Irreverent, yet deliciously descriptive at the same time, it gets Uglies by Scott Westerfeld off to a bang-up start. And the book doesn’t stop there. It manages to be an adventure, coming-of-age, social commentary, and all-around good read. There is something for every reader here!
Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, a day she has been looking forward to for most of her life. In the not-so-distant future every receives plastic surgery at sixteen, so that all adults in the world are incredibly beautiful. Tally, pre-surgery, is sick and tired of being an Ugly. But then her new friend Shay starts talking about running away, saying that she doesn’t want the surgery. Tally thinks Shay is crazy, but is soon caught up in circumstances beyond her control. While posing as a spy in a renegade community, Tally starts to question the values she has grown up with her entire life. What does it mean to be pretty? And in the long run, is being pretty the most important factor in life?
The description sounds preachy, but the book certainly is not. Filled with hair-raising adventure, hoverboard chases, and mischief galore, the book flies past quickly, hardly allowing us to catch our breath as we hurdle from one mishap to the next.
Other Books by This Author:
Pretties, Specials, Extras (all part of the Uglies series), The Midnighters trilogy, So Yesterday, Peeps