Thursday, May 8, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: (Series) Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfeld

BOOK REVIEW: (Trilogy) Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies: Tally dreams of the day she will be made Pretty--the operation everyone gets when they turn 16 that changes their face and body into supermodel gorgeous. They're so pretty nobody wants to fight them, avoiding the wars that made the previous race of humans (called Rusties) extinct. Or so that is the theory, but when Tally finds a group of deserters (called Smokies) and discovers that the truth is much more horrible than that, she questions all she has held true.
It wasn't the most gripping book I've ever read but I was still excited to see what would happen next. The idea is super interesting and creative.

Pretties: Tally is finally Pretty, though the transition didn't make her as happy as she thought it would. She meets Zane, a handsome Pretty, and they help bring each other out of their pretty-haze. They must find a way to escape the city while trying to hide the fact that they've been cured. Tally discovers an indigenous group of humans who think she's a god, hijacks a hovercar, and, once she finds her Smokie friends, is forced to leave them behind.
This one was more gripping than the first. I lost precious sleep to finish it. :)

Specials: Tally is made a Special against her will because of her best friend/enemy Shay. Just like when she was made pretty, Tally must fight against the changes they made in her brain. As a Special, with sharp teeth and nails, indestructible bones, rapidly healing skin and ultra sharp reflexes, she must fight against the implanted inclination that she is superior than everyone else while keeping the debilitated Zane safe. She accidentally starts a war on the new Smokie hideout. Will Tally take the path of least resistance?

Extras: Aya is an extra, someone who is really a nobody in a world where popularity rules. She is also a kicker, which is like a news broadcaster. During a story she is sure will raise her popularity ratings, Aya discovers a dangerous secret. She is forced to accept help from the #1 most popular person in her city: Tally Youngblood. They infiltrate the enemy's lair to find the truth: something that could change her world forever.
I had a harder time getting into this one. Another young Ugly, desperate to join the higher ranks, blah blah blah. But it was good, overall.

I felt all the books were about the same good. Pretty gripping, an interesting idea about the future societal structure of our race. Rated PG for some mild language (in one, maybe two of the books, not too bad) and rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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