Ashley’s CBR III Review #59-#61: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

CBR III Review #59: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I hated this series so I’ll keep the reviews short and to the point.  I’ve reviewed more than few dystopian YA novels on this site, but I’ve never encountered a writer that I have hated more than Westerfeld.  I was really intrigued by the premise but the premise ended up being just that a premise. The premise is that everyone at the age of 16  under goes a surgery to become “pretty”. Pretty is an agreed upon standardized version of beautiful formed by the government.

The Ugly series follows Tally Youngblood a mischievous teenage who is about to turn 16.  Tally as she becomes closer to the surgery date is torn between wanting to become a  pretty and join her best friend who has all ready gone through the surgery or following her new friend Shay to “the smoke” a place that supposedly exist where everyone ::gasp:: stays ugly forever! Cue dramatic music.  Who would want to stay ugly?  Is it because the people who live in “the smoke” know something sinister about the pretty surgeries.  You’ve read enough novels to answer that yourself, or course there is.

Out of the series Uglies was probably my favorite out of them. This explains why I attempted to keep going.  Uglies, however, is by no means a stellar contribution to dystopian YA.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (May 10, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GCFY0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  

CBR III Review #60: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Tally Youngblood is now a pretty but her brain keeps trying to tell her something is wrong will she listen to it? I can’t believe I read another book in the series.  Yes this is my entire review of the second book in the series. I’m technically passed my #54 novels so I’m taking a mulligan. Maybe I’m just too old to enjoy this series.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001L5BUPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars

CBR III Review #61: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Tally Youngblood is now a Special.  A special is part secret police part government. I’ll be honest I stopped reading this novel about half way through.  Maybe that means I shouldn’t count it but it pissed me off so much I decided I should get the credit for agony.  Westerfeld picks out his favorite words and uses them over and over and over again.  Seriously I want to track him down and loan him my thesaurus.  If you really enjoyed the first two novels then go ahead and  finish up the series but if you were like me and was always two seconds away from giving up on the series then don’t even try to finish up the series out of some convoluted notion of completing something you have started.  It’s not worth the headache.

My main point of grievance with the series is the reader never find out what lead to these mandatory surgeries.  The reader never has a complete picture of what happened to society that destroyed it many many years back.  The reader also never truly understand how job functions are taught and how the society manages to function with what seems to be no blue collar workers.  One of things I enjoy most with dystopian fiction is learning how the government has rebuilt itself after some great disaster.  This never attempts to describe the society past or present and it makes the novels feel incomplete.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 20, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001LFDAIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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