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The Uglies Trilogy

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.

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (4) It took me a long time before I got into this one. It seemed slow and the premise was not something I thought made sense from the beginning.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (5) The first book eventually brought me in but slowly the series seemed to be dragging me on. Eventually it almost seemed like I was reading to finish rather than to enjoy the experience.
  3. Story – Finish (5) The series ended well enough but I was worn down by then. I don’t plan on reading them again.
  4. Characters (4) The characters honestly irked me too much. Probably why I could not get into this series. The ideas were good I just did not want to root for anyone.
  5. Writing (7) Westerfeld’s writing style is fine but he would occasionally get too descriptive (let me use my imagination a little). It was still good enough that I have read other works of his.

Overall a 25/50 or 2.5 rating from me. This was a though one to get into but once I did I really enjoyed the premise of it. However, the character’s rubbed me the wrong way and I could find better ways to spend my time.

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