Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? 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’d rather risk 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 had this book on my to be read list for over four months, since I first start to follow some book blogs daily. The story caught my attention right away and I thought it was really original. I had a lot of books to buy and to read before I even could get near Uglies, but I didn’t forget it.
Anyway, I’m from Brazil, like you guys already know, and recently I saw lots of publicy for this book in some brazilian blogs. Turns out that the rights for this series were bought in Brazil, and the first one was published. Lots of reviews started to appear, and when reading them I got the feeling I wouldn’t like this book like I first thought.
What changed? Why did I finally read the book? Well, I saw a review that made me want to read it again—and after a fast exchange on twitter with the book blogger that wrote the review, I got the desire to read it again. So, thanks Juh Oliveto, from Livros&Bolinhos, I read an incredible book.
Uglies isn’t just a young adult fiction. As far as the writing goes, the book is extremely well written, it has a narrative that gets you and the characters have amazing personalities. Some things are a little confusing, but overall the author made an amazing job writing it. I don’t have big critics about the book, maybe a little more explanation at some points, but that’s it. But Uglies is a lot more than it’s writing. It’s a social critic, a hard reality about how we see life, even with the author used metaphores to make his point.
Uglies is a very intelligent book. Can be appreciated as just a entretaining book, for sure, but if you search for more you will find it, and that is what made this book so good for me. It’s a simple book in terms of narrative, but a powerful story anyway.