Hey Disciples! My throwback Thursday book recommendation is a Young Adult favorite that is pretty popular. I am surprised it was never optioned for TV or movies because it fits that ever popular dystopian mold. So, without further adieu, I present Uglies!
Title: Uglies (#1 in the Uglies Series)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Young Adult
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… (from Goodreads)
This is the book that really started me into the teen dystopian genre. Scott Westerfeld creates a very unique world with many temptations. I mean, what teen wouldn’t be excited about getting to be beautiful and do nothing but have fun for the rest of their lives, right? Of course, the book centers around a group who is skeptical. This book really gets you thinking about what is really important in your life and what you are willing to do in order to get it. What I think is interesting about this book is that you kind of hate the main character, Tally, for quite a while. She embodies everything that is wrong about this society the author created.
If you have enjoyed the Young Adult dystopian genre like The Hunger Games, then give Uglies a shot. It is a good book for this genre and its a series (so if you , like me, enjoy seeing characters through multiple books then this is a major plus!).
Have you read this one yet? Did you enjoy it? What book do you think I should discuss for our next #TBT? Let me know in the comments or on our FB page or twitter! (check out the links to all on the right side of the screen!)