Friday, 1 July 2011

Review: Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is set in a futuristic world, where when you turn 16 you also turn 'pretty'. Scott Westerfeld uses this book to each the lesson that beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder.
Tally Youngblood can't wait to have the operation and become pretty, and why would she? Being pretty means partying all day long and having fun. After her best friend becomes pretty, Tally is left alone on the Ugly side of town. Soon she makes a new friend, but Shay isn't so sure she wants the operation, and when she runs away to 'The Smoke' Tally is given an ultimatum: find Shay and turn her in, or never become pretty at all. Tally's choice will lead her on a dangerous journey, and change her world forever.
This book is fantastic. It is original and engrossing, and well and truly raises the question 'what price would you pay for beauty?

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