Book Review: The Uglies Series

 

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. 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 a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…”

‘The Uglies Series’ consists of UgliesPrettiesSpecials and Extras, following Tally on her journey between right and wrong, and torn between heart and brain.
This series was exactly what I was looking for, set in a futuristic technological dystopian world, presumably earth, at a time after the majority of the planet had been whiped out by a virus using fuel as its host. New measures have been put in place to protect and preserve the world from further disasters; with the majority of people living in the protected bubble of the city, undergoing a whole body surgery at the age of 16, taking them from an ‘ugly’ to a ‘pretty’. Although all is not as well thought out as it seems…

The most refreshing part of the series was Tally, and how strong she was. I am sick off reading books with a wimpy ass main female character. I loved her rebellious streak and the way she always worked for the greater good.
There were no really awful characters in the book, although Shay annoyed the holy hell out of me, I found her to weak minded to make her own decisions.

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I found the whole series massively though provoking. The line between right and wrong were constantly blurring and changing. The bizarre world that Tally lived in was created in order to protect everyone. Yet forcing people to conform, naturally made people want to rebel. In order to save the earth was it right to keep people in protected cities? It was considered heinous to burn such beautiful wonders as trees, their whole existence was based around protecting and preserving the planet, surely that is a good thing. It was normal for people to undergo the horrifically extreme transformation taking them from ugly to pretty, only to allow everyone to be treated equally.


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