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*****= An all-time favorite
by Scott Westerfeld
Reviewed June 26, 2006.
Available at Ramstein Library (J MCN F WESTERFELD).
Westerfeld spoke at the
Children’s Writers’ conference I attended before the Bologna Children’s
Fair. During the conference, he
presented a talk on writing synopses, and presented the synopsis he
sell his Uglies trilogy. I was so intrigued
by the plot, I had to read the books.
Uglies is set in the
distant future, after cities on earth have been destroyed and rebuilt,
time not dependent on fossil fuels, and practicing sustainable
development. In fact, they’ve abolished
prejudice—by making sure everyone looks beautiful.
each “Ugly” undergoes a major operation. Scientists
have studied what facial features people find
attractive. Faces are made
symmetrical. Eyes are widened. Skin is removed and replaced, flawless. Even body fat is removed and heights are
Tally is one
of the youngest in her year of Uglies. So
all of her friends become Pretty before she does. She
tricks the system to go visit her best
friend, Peris, in
meets Shay, who
was born on the same day. As they wait
for their day to become pretty, Tally is surprised that Shay doesn’t
talk about it. In fact, a week before
their birthday, she takes off, going outside the city to a mysterious
called The Smoke, meeting someone with the odd name of David. She leaves cryptic instructions, just in case
Tally wants to follow her.
turn comes for
surgery, there’s a small problem. She’s
taken to Special Circumstances and given a terrible choice: Either go to find Shay and betray her
location to the Specials, or remain an Ugly for her entire life.
book. It’s based on intriguing concepts
that get you thinking, but it also presents a suspenseful and exciting
with characters you care about. Tally’s
faced with some terrible choices, and we can feel her anguish in making
decisions. I can’t wait to read the next
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All