The day Tally Youngblood has been looking forward to her entire life has finally arrived. It is the day she turns 16. She is excited because she gets “the operation.” The operation will turn her from an ugly to a pretty. The operation will give her sparkling eyes, healthier skin and plumper lips. It is an operation that will change her life forever.
Scott Westerfeld’s novel, “Uglies,” depicts an idea of what life will be like in the future, while pointing out some of the wrongs in today’s society. In the future, life is simple and everyone is attractive and pretty. Life in New Pretty Town is all about parties and without worries. What can be wrong with that life?
However, not everyone in Uglyville wants to turn pretty. Often times uglies run away to The Smoke where life is similar to the way it is now. When Tally’s friend, Shay, runs away, she leaves Tally with a ruined opportunity to become pretty unless she helps the Specials (similar to the Secret Service) locate The Smoke.
Tally has tough decisions to make that will test her integrity, selflessness and heart.
This page-turner is an easy read, but contains more substance than the usual teen novel. Westerfeld beautifully creates a plot that keeps readers intrigued in every chapter with surprises and twists.
Readers should pick up the next three books in the series: “Pretties,” “Specials” and “Extras.”