Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Finally had a chance to read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld after my thirteen year old neighbor recommended it to me several months ago. It was a quick read, a few hours at the most. Overall I enjoyed it, especially the bits about the hoverboard since I am an avid surfer. That was definitely cool.

The story is based in a futuristic world where everyone becomes “pretty” when they turn sixteen. They undergo a type of surgical operation (like plastic surgery) and are made super-model beautiful. However, what they don’t know is that they are also changed in the way that they behave and think. They are changed outside and inside.¬†Tally Youngblood discovers this when she is forced by Special Circumstances (another kind of cruel pretty) to unearth a hidden band of rebels known as the Smokies who have run away and refused to turn pretty. Two of the leaders of the Smokies know a terrible secret – one that can unhinge everything that the pretty world is based on. The operation changes the way that you think and creates lesions on the brain like a cancer. So basically, being pretty is like being infected. It’s a very cool concept.

So cool story, and cool elements within the story like the hoverboards, bungee-jackets, and the Specials. Scott Westerfeld is also an awesome sci-fi writer so you know it’s going to be interesting and have a ton of excitement. This book was a page turner for me, and the final scene at the end was pretty cool – the daring escape and rescue although I did feel a sense of confusion to learn that David’s father was dead.

Overall, I would give Uglies 4 out of 5 stars. Great concept with solid writing and language. Teens will love because it’s something different.

1 Comment on Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

  1. Jonah Shary
    June 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm (14 years ago)

    Just read this particular post and wished to give you thanks personally. Precise and to the point!


Leave a Reply