Tally Youngblood is a 15-year old girl who is set to turn "pretty" in two weeks. Tally lives in a future world where everyone who is not pretty has to live in a place called "Uglyville" until they're sixteen and can have a special operation to change every visual aspect of themselves. The... read more
Tally Youngblood, a fifteen year old "ugly", sneaks across the river to find her best friend Peris, a "pretty" living in New Pretty Town. After meeting Peris, and finding that he does not want to see her until she turns sixteen and is made pretty, she escapes with the help of another ugly,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Tally Youngblood, a fifteen year old "ugly", sneaks across the river to find her best friend Peris, a "pretty" living in New Pretty Town. After meeting Peris, and finding that he does not want to see her until she turns sixteen and is made pretty, she escapes with the help of another ugly, called Shay.
After discovering that they share a birthday, Tally and Shay become close friends. Shay teaches Tally to hoverboard, and takes her out of the city to the nearby Rusty Ruins. Gradually, Tally realizes that Shay does not want to become a pretty, which culminates in Shay running away from the city shortly before her birthday, leaving Tally a cryptic note of instructions on how to follow her.
Although Tally is sad by Shay's disappearance, she still plans on becoming a pretty. However, on the day of her operation, she is taken to meet Dr Cable, head of Special Circumstances, a group of "cruel pretties" who ensure the city's security. They inform her that she will not be allowed to become pretty unless she follows after Shay and lets the Specials track her to the Smoke - a group of runaway Uglies. Reluctantly, Tally agrees, and sets off on a long journey across the wilderness. After many days of travelling, during which Tally faces several life-threatening situations, she makes it to the Smoke.
In the Smoke, Tally is initially horrified by the primitive way of life, but gradually begins to see the benefits of freedom, and learns to enjoy the rough lifestyle. She does not activate the tracking beacon Dr Cable gave her, although she keeps it while deliberating whether to stay or return to the City. Tally begins to fall in love with David, the son of the founders of the Smoke who was born outside the cities. Meeting David's parents, she learns that a part of the pretty operation creates brain lesions, which force all pretties to be happy and compliant. Between this, and her feelings for David, she decides to destroy the tracking beacon.
Unfortunately, Tally accidentally activates the tracker when she tries to destroy it, and the Smoke is invaded by Special Circumstances who take all the uglies back to their home cities. Tally only just escapes, and with David, who was outside the Smoke when the attack began, she makes her way back to the city to free her friends and David's parents. In a daring raid on Special Circumstances headquarters, they rescue the Smokies from Tally's city. However, they are horrified to discover that Shay has already been made pretty, and that David's father Az was killed in an experimental procedure to make him forget the lesions.
David's mother, Maddy, explains that she has fabricated a cure for the lesions, but refuses to use them on Shay without her consent. Realizing the only sensible course of action, Tally confesses to her betrayal of the Smoke, shocking the other Smokies. She then gives full consent to taking the cure, and surrenders to the city to become pretty.
Uglies is a 2005 science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a future post-scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16. It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society's enforced conformity, after her new found friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a "pretty". Written for young adults, Uglies deals with adolescent themes of change, both emotional and physical, and dealing with the revelation that "some of what you’re taught isn’t true, your parents are flawed human beings and the world isn’t constructed for your benefit."<1> The book is the first installment in what was originally a trilogy, The Uglies series which includes Pretties and Specials and Extras.
“Pg. 16 excerpt includes a descrption of the look that biological evoluation favors and that surgeons sculpt into every 16 year old... "...big eyes and lips said: I'm young and vulnerable, I can't hurt you, and you want to protect me. And the rest said: I'm healthy, I won't make you sick."”
“g. 33 "high gravity: in reference tomaneuvering on a"hoverboard." ... her body weighed a ton. Shay called that "high gravity," which happened every time a fast-moving object changed direction."”
“Pg. 58 Explanation of magnetic levitation, Conversation when Tally and Shay are exploring the forest, a good distance from town. "Walk? ... Yeah, there's a vein of iron about half a kilometer that way. ...Tally, hoverboards work on magnetic levitation, right? So there's go to be some kind of metal around or they don't hover... In town, there's a steel grid bulit into the ground, no matter where you go"”Shay
“Pg 181-182 Introduces genetically engineered plant and monoculture. "About three hundred years ago, some Rusty figured a way to engineer the species to adapt to wider conditions. She messed with the genes tomake them propagate more e asily. .. they turned into the ultimate weed. What we call a monoculture. They crowd out every other species, choke trees and grass, and notheing eats them ..."”
“Pg. 345 oil eating bacteria changed civilization "A bug got loose, but it didn't infect people. It infected petroleum. ... It changed the chemical composition of the oil. Have you ever seen phosphourus? ...Itcatches fire on contact with air. .."”Shay
“Shay sometimes talked in a mysterious way, like she was quoting the lyrics to a band no one else listened to.”Tally Youngblood
“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”a metaphor by Tally Youngblood
“Maybe the reason war and all that other stuff went away is that there are no more controversies, no disagreements, no people demanding change. Just masses of smiling pretties, and a few people left to run things.”David
“We're not freaks, Tally. We're normal. We may not be gorgeous, but at least we're not hyped-up Barbie dolls”shay
“Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in a history class”
“It's not the traveling that takes courage Tally. I've done much longer trips on my own. It's leaving home”
“Tally wondered if you could talk somebody out of their brain damage”tally
I. Part one: Turning pretty
1. New Pretty Town
2. Best Friends Forever
4. Wipe Out
5. Facing the Future
6. Pretty Boring
8. The Rusty Ruins
9. Waiting For David
11. Last Trick
13. Special Circumstances
14. Ugly For Life
II. Part two: The Smoke
19. The Worst Mistake
20. The Side You Despise
22. Bug Eyes
24. The Model
30. The Secret
31. Pretty Minds
32. Burning Bridges
III. Part three: Into The Fire
34. The Rabbit Pen
35. In Case Of Damage
39. Maddy and Az
40. The Oil Plague
41. Familiar Sights
43. Over the Edge
47. Night Alone
48. Hippocratic Oath
50. Down The River
Followed by Pretties.
This book (the series actually) is good especially for young girls who are so caught up in the way they look. My daughter suffered with an eating disorder. She was hospitalized for it. Because the media pushes being skinny, unrealistically skinny, kids go to extreme measures to look the way the media tells them they should. The books address this issue in that it is a time when select people can change their looks to order...but at how great a price?
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