Happy Tuesday! Today, I’m going to recommend a book series that started it all (for me personally). Try to think back — before Twilight, before Hunger Games, before Paranormal Romance became a section in bookstores– there was the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. This was the very first dystopian, young adult, “sci-fi” series I ever (knowingly) read. It completely blew me away. It’s been years since I’ve read the series and I still lay awake at night imagining the smoke, all the characters, and using phrases such as “pretty making” and “stay icy”.
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.
This synopsis does not do this book justice, at ALL. This is the most imaginative, addicting series I’ve ever read. The world Westerfeld created is amazing. My favorite is the smoke, the place where all the “uglies” against the surgery hide out in the wilderness. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read to this day. In short, this book has a love triangle (Ugly v. Pretty, it’s all so dramatic!) and an amazingly original world with a unique plot. The struggle between Tally’s feelings for David, Ugly who lives in the Smoke, and Zane, Pretty who’s pretty amazing, is totally worth reading besides the amazing world building. I probably laughed, cried, and threw the book across the room many, many times. Basically, it’s a series that gets under your skin and you can’t wait to see what happens next. The best thing is the complete series is already out so there is no waiting! I would highly recommend this series to anyone going through Hunger Games/Twilight/Harry Potter withdrawals. (You know, when you can’t settle for just reading anything and you have to read something just as amazing!) The Uglies series set the bar really high for my expectations of future dystopian novels and it’s a series I will never forget.