“You’ve only seen pretty faces your whole life. Your parents, your teachers, everyone over sixteen. But you weren’t born expecting that kind of beauty in everyone, all the time. You just got programmed into thinking everyone else is ugly.”
So David tells Tally in Scott Westerfeld’s novel Uglies. Tally Youngblood is 4 weeks away from turning sixteen, 4 weeks away from the operation which will make her pretty, something she has been looking forward to her whole life. Until she meets Shay. Shay tells Tally about a place where the world isn’t divided into two categories, pretties and uglies. Shay doesn’t want to become pretty, she wants to stay who she is, something Tally never considered before. When Shay disappears Tally is recruited by the Specials as a spy and is forced to turn on her friend. What Tally discovers in the process makes her question everything she believes and suddenly she isn’t so sure she wants to be pretty.
One of my students recommended this book to me and I must say I enjoyed this book and will continue with the series (Pretties, Specials and Extras). It was a quick read and raises the question of “what defines beauty?” The ending of this book leaves you hanging. I would recommend having Pretties on hand or you will be left with several unanswered questions.