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by Scott Westerfield

Tally Youngblood is living hundreds of years from now.  Scientists have figured out how to keep war from destroying the planet , but it comes with a price: being brainwashed.  Everybody over 16 in Tally's time must become beautiful through plastic surgery.  Who would protest that?  However, a pair of "pretty" scientists have observed that there is minor brain damage done to most people over 16 years old.  They find a cure to this "pretty minded-ness" and escape into the woods.  Dozens of young "ugly" rebels from the city escape to their encampment, called The Smoke, and learn to live in the wild like their ancestors.  After Tally's friend Shay escapes to the Smoke and Tally trys to follow after she decides to come with, she is caught by the authorities and forced to choose between betraying the Smoke or staying ugly for the rest of her life.  The choice she needs to make becomes harder when she meets and befriends the people living out there, and realizes that there is more to life than she thought.  What Tally does changes the entire world forever.

This book is amazing!  The other books in the series are Pretties, Specials and Extras.

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)
submitted by Amy G., age 13
(February 14, 2010 - 2:22 pm)

I love Uglies! It's fantastic. The idea is really creative. 

Tally is well written, and I like her, but I kept yelling at her. She often behaves like an idiot, and makes what I think of as all the wrong choices.

submitted by zNz
(February 16, 2010 - 4:32 pm)

Oops, I almost couldn't find my own review!  In some parts of Uglies I was like, Mr. Author, why are you making Tally make those choices?  But I realized that she isn't a super hero, she's just a normal person with a lot thrust on her.  If you found out that you couldn't trust the authorities at all how would you behave?  Also, the author had to keep making challenges for her.

submitted by Amy G., age 13, Pennsylvania
(March 27, 2010 - 6:07 pm)

I personally thought that the Uglies was a good book.

Some parts were kind of confusing(like the begining), but all in all it was a good book.

I am thinking about reading the other ones.


submitted by Iris H., age 13, Mount Vernon, W
(April 15, 2010 - 1:12 pm)

Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!! So awesomeCoolSmile

submitted by Stix, age 5000j.k.11, in front of my
(January 24, 2011 - 10:13 pm)