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Uglies is a science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a future post scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is considered an “ugly”, but then turned “Pretty” by extreme cosmetic surgery when they reach the age It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society’s enforced conformity, after her newfound friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a “Pretty”.

Written for young adultsUglies deals with themes of change, both emotional and physical. The book is the first installment in what was originally a trilogy, the Uglies serieswhich also includes the books PrettiesSpecialsand Extras. Infour new installments within the Uglies Universe were announced, to be titled the Imposters Series. Three hundred years in the future, [2] the government provides for everything, including plastic surgery operations. Former cities have decayed after bacteria infected the world’s petroleum, making it unstable.

The old society, so dependent on oil, fell apart when cars and oil fields exploded and food could no longer be transported. People who lived before this catastrophe are called “Rusties. Tally Youngblood is almost sixteen. Like every other Ugly, she awaits the operation with great anticipation. Her best friend, Peris, has already had the operation and, motivated by her desire to see him, Tally sneaks across the river to New Pretty Town.

They become friends and Shay teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard. Shay also mentions rebelling against the operation. She gives Tally an ultimatum to either help locate Shay and the Smoke, or never become a pretty. Tally cooperates and Dr. Cable gives her a hoverboard and all the needed supplies to survive in the wild, along with a heart locket that contains a tracking device.

Once activated, it will show the location of the Smoke to Special Circumstances. Following Shay’s clues, Tally sets off to find her friend. When Tally arrives at the Smoke, she finds Shay, her friend David and an entire community of runaway Uglies. She is reluctant to activate the pendant and it eventually becomes clear that David is in love with her. David takes her to meet his parents, Maddy and Az, who are the original runaways from the city.


The following morning, Special Circumstances arrives at the camp and Tally makes an effort to escape. She does not succeed and is caught and taken to a rabbit pen, where other caught Smokies are kept, tied up.

Eye scans are taken of all the captured Smokies, identifying from which city they fled. Tally is then taken to Dr. Cable, who explains how they found the Smoke. Cable thinks Tally purposefully activated the pendant. After being ordered to retrieve the pendant, Tally escapes on a hoverboard. After a long and stressful chase, she manages to hide in a cave where they cannot track her heat signature.

There she finds David also hiding and together, they begin to plan a rescue. Tally and David go back to his house, where they find evidence that Special Circumstances took Maddy and Az. David leads Tally to a secret stash of survival equipment [9] where they find everything they need, and load them onto the four hoverboards stashed there.

As Tally and David travel back to the city to free their friends, they fall in love. Cable, David knocks her out and takes her work tablet, which contains all the necessary information to reverse the brain lesions created by the Pretty operation. Tally and David then free all the Smokies held in the complex. As they escape the complex, Maddy tells David that his father, Az, is dead. Once everyone is safe, Maddy begins working on a cure using Dr.

aesterfeld While David is absorbing what Tally admitted, Maddy advises Tally to go back with Shay before she changes her mind. According to critics, Uglies contains themes of identity, particularly regarding teenagers.

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Various critics also found a theme of humanity within Uglies. When asked how he came up with the idea of Uglies, Westerfeld said, “the inspiration came from a friend whose dentist asked him to consider getting cosmetic surgery. Amanda Craig said that “it is his prescient perception of how such inventions will lead to absolute loss of privacy which has elicited as much fan-mail as the issue of how looks dominate our lives.

In the dedication page for Uglies, Westerfeld says: In a interview on Bookyurt, Westerfeld explained that his point in writing the book was not to make a big commentary on the issues with beauty, but to make people aware of the culture of retouching that is developing in the world and to be aware of our own ideas about beauty and our need to think for ourselves.


The novel has received mostly positive reviews. The novel sparked discussion over the use of plastic surgery to improve one’s looks. We have all been altering our appearances ever since clothing was invented.

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There is also some moderate debate sparked by Uglies over the issue of monitoring people. The state has started traiciin track teens through their cell phones and on occasion through dental implants. The movie Uglies was once again in the works as of July 3, Grayson called Shay’s Story which tells the story from Shay’s perspective.

The novel Uglies was first published inand re-released in with a new cover. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the baked food called “Uglies”, see Fritter.

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Ugliesthe first book in the series.

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