Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license-for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’s rather risk her life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I’m going to review the four book series, Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras, by Scott Westerfeld. But I’m going to review all four in one post. I got super caught up in the series and didn’t post them individually.
Anywho, so as soon as I picked up Uglies I was hooked. I read all four books in three days. This series was exciting, fast paced, unique, and interesting. There were somethings I didn’t like about it, but they’re mostly with the characters. The story line of these books is pretty unique. They take place in the future, with a very interesting system of government. The details of places, and people are explained really well, as well as staying interesting. For those of you that like dystopian type books, you should give this series a try.
Now, onto my favorite part, the characters. I’ll mention them in order of importance as well as when they appear. First off, there’s Tally Youngblood. This book is about mostly her. She’s a very brave, smart, determined, compliant, courageous, stupid girl. She tries really hard to do what shes told so that her life goes the way she thinks it’s supposed to. As you follow her along she starts trying to do the right thing and protect the people she’s come to care about. In the second book, Tally starts off as a different person but finds her way back to the person she really is. One thing I notice with Tally is that she always seems to need a guy to be the center of her world. In the first book it’s David, in the second it’s Zane and in the third it’s both of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love the romance of it all, but the way she bounces back and forth between them is annoying. The third book things get boring at some points, but it’s was still exciting overall. Once again Tally starts off as a different person and finds her way back again. Tally continues to do the right thing. Tally loses someone very important to her toward the end of this book. It definitely took a toll on her, but overall made her stronger. She was very mysterious in the ending of the third book. Tally Youngblood’s part in the fourth book was brief but still heroic. She saved the day and ended the series as a hero. As a whole, I grew to love Tally’s character so matter how bad some of her choices were or her boy craziness.
The next important character we meet is Shay. She starts off as an adventurous ugly. She shows Tally all the cool spots and teaches her how to hoverboard. In the first book Shay acts like a bratty teenager for the second half of the book. The second book Shay is a follower in the beginning then kind of fades away for a while, but she attempts to stay independent. Shay is definitely a strong character. She grows up more and more through out the books. I think she’s my least favorite character. Honestly, she’s just a brat. She makes stupid choices and puts her loved ones in terrible situations. I just don’t like her. However, I am able to admit that she grows up toward the end of the series.
Dr. Cable, fucking crazy bitch. She’s unstable, irrational, irresponsible, and has no regard for anyone but herself. She’s obsessed with finding the Smokies and because of that she’s crazy. Dr. Cable causes nothing but trouble for all of the characters in the series.
Next I think if David, the first love interest. David is this mysterious guy who’s going to take you away to a better place where you can be free of the city. He’s smart, funny, kind, loving. Everything you could ever dream of. Oh, and he’s special. I’m not going to spoil the secret, but knowing that hes special adds an appeal. David’s part in the second book is minor for the most part, towards the end he becomes a friend to Tally. His part in the third is also small and non existent in the fourth. He’s an all around good guy. He has the best of intentions and he tries his best.
Boy number two is Zane, who we meet in the second book. Zane is a really good guy. He helps Tally get back to her right mind. Along with trying to help the efforts in any way he could. Zane was brave, almost stupidly so. He would do some things before actually thinking them through. He was also usually right. He kept everyone motivated and he never stopped fighting for the cause. Zane was my favorite character in this series. He would be a guy I would definitely be interested in.
Alright, onto the fourth book. Extras is kind of a different story line that at some points involve past characters. the story line is similar and still equally exciting. The main character Aya Fuse is a hopeful fifteen year old. All she wants is to be famous. When she gets her wish, it might not be a good thing. Aya stays relatively level headed through all of this. She does the right thing and listens to instructions. Aya had some hard decisions in her story, she was made a better person because of them. I liked Aya well enough. She was interesting. I could keep up with her, but I also was left guessing a few times.
Frizz Mizuno was my favorite character of the entire series. His brain literally wouldn’t let him lie. So, he was obviously honest, but he was also smart, and clever, along with brave. He manages to get himself into some situations he probably shouldn’t, but so does everyone else in this series too.
There are a couple other characters in Extras that I liked but didn’t really play a huge part, but I do want to acknowledge them because they were funny, and energetic, and definitely added to the story.
Overall I really enjoyed the Uglies series. It was exciting, suspenseful, funny, all at the same time. I suggest this book to any younger young adult reader definitely.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.