The Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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I bought The Uglies by Scott Westerfield because it was 99p on the Kindle store and was so pleasantly surprised!

General

This is a good one to read if you don’t have much time and I found it the perfect commuting book because it is so fast-paced with short chapters that you can so easily get into, skim through a few chapters and easily find a place to stop and get off and be able to pick it right back up again.

Literary Context

The Uglies is nicely written and has an interesting concept and regularly made comment on the dumb things we, as a society, do and think. I’ve not seen political comment in YA fiction before but I think Westerfield did it well. If you can get past the fact that it is a YA novel with teenage protagonists, it’s a good book.

Plot

The Uglies is set in futuristic America where natural disasters have led to a fear of nature so people live in controlled cities and, to avoid differences between people, everyone is made into what biology tells us is beautiful when they are sixteen but when Tally’s best friend goes missing, it is Tally that is in trouble.

The Uglies is nicely written and has an interesting concept and regularly made comment on the dumb things we, as a society, do and think. I’ve not seen political comment in YA fiction before but I think Westerfield did it well. If you can get past the fact that it is a YA novel with teenage protagonists, it’s a good book.

Verdict

I gave it three stars but won’t be reading the rest of the series because it is just a little too young for me.

If you enjoy general YA fiction or futuristic concepts then give it a go. If you’re a little older then I’d say you could easily find something else a bit better suited.

This review is as short and sweet as the book itself!

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