The young adult fiction genre has recently experienced an explosion in popularity with books such as 'The Hunger Games,' 'The Maze Runner,' and 'Divergent' topping bestseller lists across the world. 'Uglies' by Scott Westerfeld belongs in the same rank as these more popular dystopian young-adult novels. 'Uglies' is highly original and set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world. Tally Youngblood, the central character, is relatable to teenagers, as well as adults, as she tries to figure out who she is and what she stands for in a society that values normality and fitting in above most everything else. She's just on the cusp of turning sixteen and must soon make a huge decision; to get the appearance perfecting surgery that all citizens in her world get at age sixteen and join the carefree population of 'New Pretty Town,' or to run from everything she has ever known in search of a more fulfilling life. The surgery is supposed to end all appearance based prejudices and create ultimate world peace, but it changes people in more ways than expected. Pick up a copy of 'Uglies' for a fast paced, yet thought-provoking, read.
The first installment of Scott Westerfeld's New York Times bestselling series a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend.The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience.Tally's adventures begin in Uglies, where she learns the truth about what life as a Pretty really means. She rebels against the surgery that will make her a Pretty, but ultimately succumbs. In Pretties, Tally has forgotten all about her Ugly life, and when she's reminded, she has a hard time listening. And what little's left of the old Tally is further compromised in Specials, because Tally has been transformed into a fierce fighting machine. But when she's offered a chance to forever improve civilization, will she be able to overcome her brainwashing? The answer is evident years later in Extras, after the Pretty regime has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. But fame and popularity can be just as dangerous as extreme beauty .