Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Tally Youngblood lives in a perfect world: there’s no crime, violence, or even arguments. The best part is that, at age 16, each citizen undergoes an operation to turn them “pretty”. Along with getting to spend the rest of your life beautiful, pretties get to live in a different town where their only job is to have fun. Tally can’t wait to turn pretty and go to parties with her best friend, Peris. But when Tally’s new friend, Shay starts questioning the operation, Tally’s entire world is turned upside-down. Tally must find Shay or risk staying ugly forever.

I know this one is old, and I’m probably the last person finally getting around to reading it, but, if you haven’t read it, you should. I’m usually a fan of anything Scott Westerfeld does, and Uglies is no exception. There’s action, drama, romance, a twist — everything you could want! The science fiction is really creative without being too hard to understand, and the ending definitely left me wanting to finish the series. If you’re looking for the next book, the order is: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras. Why hasn’t there been a movie of this yet?! Also, if you’re looking for more Westerfeld, check out his Leviathan series.

Rating: 4/5

*Golden Duck Award for Hal Clement Award for Young Adult, 2006

*South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award, 2008

*Georgia Peach Honor Book Award, 2008

*Abraham Lincoln Award, 2007

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