Author: Scott Westerfield
Published by: Simon Pulse (2005)
My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✩
Uglies by Scott Westerfield was a very interesting read.
While there were elements I loved about this book, there was a lot of things I either did not get or disliked. Overall, there were a lot of positive themes and a pageturner plot; while I did enjoy it very much, I doubt I’ll read it again and I wouldn’t consider it a “favorite.”
Characters: Tally as a character was easy to connect to from a reader’s perspective: while others could complain of her not being brave enough, being flat, boring, etc, I found her written very realistically. She could have been an extremely bold character, taking risks at every move, but that just isn’t realistic. Instead, she acts like the average teenager, with the same hesitancy, same fears, etc—I really liked that element of it.
Plot: This book was a long book; while most of it was contributing to the storyline, there was yet a lot that I felt was pointless, just written, it felt, to make the book longer. The end was simply WAY too drawn-out and I skimmed most of those pages, just trying to find the outcome already. There was no real suspense; the one thing that was truly intriguing for me was Shay and Tally’s friendship, and the task Tally is assigned.
Other Positives: What I really liked about this book was the lack of romance. These days it is so hard to find a YA novel without some level of romance, but this book was different, focusing on friendship rather than desperate, lovestruck characters. Though, of course, there were a few references to falling in love, it was more a sub-subplot and really not the focus. Ultimately, it was the interaction between Tally and Shay that was the storyline, which I really appreciated.
Their friendship was developed very well, and, like I’ve mentioned, was very realistic. There was just the right amount of time in the city before Tally’s leaving, to develop that dystopia; however, by Part Three, it was very dragged out, like I’ve said, and I was wondering when the chapters would stop appearing. And, of course, it ended with an abrupt cliffhanger. Sometimes this can be good, but this time, to me, it just seemed a cheesy and easy way to get people to read the sequel. Not that it’s a bad thing…I just didn’t particularly enjoy it.
So, to sum up: