I have come late to Uglies party, since they have been out for quite a while, but this series by Scott Westerfeld is wonderful. Tally is an exciting and likeable heroine and even if her world is fantasical, it is also familiar. The driving desire of a nearly sixteen year old to be pretty and fit in is timeless. The fact that this society has determined that looking a certain way leads to less violence and more piece is frightening in it’s possibility.
Much of the first book reminded me of a “Twilight Zone” episode entitled “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You” where every one chooses at around 16 what they will look like forever. The choices are limited and one young woman doesn’t want to go through the change which not only leaves her looking like everyone, but thinking like them as well.
When Talley leaves her world to meet the people of Smoke, readers experienceher waffle between what she was told to do, what she’s always wanted (to be Pretty), and her new knowledge and feelings. It is an unforgetable ride. (Speaking of which – you are SO going to want a hoverboard!)
I immediately read the next book “Pretties” and the third book in the series, “Specials” is on it’s way in the mail. Initially planned as a trilogy, Westerfield added “Extras” to the series when he discovered there was more to tell. I am looking forward to reading more of Tally and her friends and what, ultimately, becomes of their world.
This series is on my keeper shelf.