The Resource Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

Label
Uglies
Title
Uglies
Statement of responsibility
Scott Westerfeld
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all
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Storyline
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Award
  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2007.
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award), 2007.
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 6-8), 2008.
  • Golden Duck Awards, Hal Clement Award for Young Adult
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for High School, 2008.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 7-10. Fifteen-year-old Tally’s eerily harmonious, postapocalyptic society gives extreme makeovers to teens on their sixteenth birthdays, supposedly conferring equivalent evolutionary advantages to all. When a top-secret agency threatens to leave Tally ugly forever unless she spies on runaway teens, she agrees to infiltrate the Smoke, a shadowy colony of refugees from the “tyranny of physical perfection.” At first baffled and revolted by the rebels’ choices, Tally eventually bonds with one of their leaders and begins to question the validity of institutionalized mutilation--especially as it becomes clear that the government’s surgeons may be doing more than cosmetic nipping and tucking. Although the narrative’s brisk pace is more successful in scenes of hover-boarding action than in convincingly developing Tally’s key relationships, teens will sink their teeth into the provocative questions about invasive technology, image-obsessed society, and the ethical quandaries of a mole-turned-ally. These elements, along with the obvious connections to reality programs such as Miami Slice, will surely cause this ingenious series debut to cement Westerfeld’s reputation for high-concept YA fiction that has wide appeal. Suggest M. T. Anderson’s Feed (2002) and Westerfeld’s own So Yesterday (2004) to readers antsy for the next installment. -- Jennifer Mattson (BookList, 03-15-2005, p1287)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 6 Up –Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. But Shay also disdains the false values and programmed conformity of the society and urges Tally to defect with her to the Smoke, a distant settlement of simple-living conscientious objectors. Tally declines, yet when Shay is found missing by the authorities, Tally is coerced by the cruel Dr. Cable to find her and her compatriots–or remain forever "ugly." Tally's adventuresome spirit helps her locate Shay and the Smoke. It also attracts the eye of David, the aptly named youthful rebel leader to whose attentions Tally warms. However, she knows she is living a lie, for she is a spy who wears an eye-activated locator pendant that threatens to blow the rebels' cover. Ethical concerns will provide a good source of discussion as honesty, justice, and free will are all oppressed in this well-conceived dystopia. Characterization, which flirts so openly with the importance of teen self-concept, is strong, and although lengthy, the novel is highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic technologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies. Fortunately, the cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel.–Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT --Susan W. Hunter (Reviewed March 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 3, p221)
  • In this launch title of a planned trilogy, teenager Tally Youngblood is living an unexamined life in a world unlike ours, hundreds of years from now. She's impatiently awaiting her birthday because in her town, Uglyville, everybody gets the same gift at age 16: cosmetic surgery which transforms them into gorgeous creatures. They also move into "party towers" in New Pretty Town. Tally's best friend has already made the transition and, motivated by her desire to see him, she sneaks into town. Her near-capture leads to a new best friend, Shay, who has the same birthday. On the eve of their operations, Shay reveals a plan to escape to a renegade settlement called "the Smoke." When Shay disappears, government agents blackmail Tally into leading them to the rebels. Once in the Smoke, Tally has a crisis of conscience when she learns the surgery is more sinister than she imagined. Teens will appreciate the gadgetry—including bungee jackets and hoverboards that work by magnetic levitation. But plausibility problems creep in, such as Tally leading a breakout of Smokeys from a high-tech compound while wearing handcuffs. As in his So Yesterday , Westerfeld introduces thought-provoking issues, but readers may lose track of the plot while sorting the many messages about how the "Rusties" nearly destroyed the planet. They may also feel cheated when, after 400-plus pages, the ending leaves loose ends to be tied up in the next installment, Pretties . Ages 12-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 21, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 12, p53)
  • /* Starred Review */ With a beginning and ending that pack hefty punches, this introduction to a dystopic future promises an exciting series. Tally is almost 16 and breathlessly eager: On her birthday, like everyone else, she'll undergo extensive surgery to become a Pretty. She's only known life as an Ugly (everyone's considered hideous before surgery), whereas after she "turns," she'll have the huge eyes, perfect skin, and new bone structure that biology and evolution have determined to be objectively beautiful. New Pretties party all day long. But when friend Shay escapes to join a possibly mythical band of outsiders avoiding surgery, Tally follows—not from choice but because the secret police force her. Tally inflicts betrayal after betrayal, which dominates the theme for the midsection; by the end, the nature of this dystopia is front and center and Tally—trying to set things right—takes a stunning leap of faith. Some heavy-handedness, but the awesome ending thrills with potential. (Science fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2005)
Awards note
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie), 2007
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133059
Cataloging source
IMF
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Westerfeld, Scott
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Young Adult
  • 770
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.W5197
LC item number
Ugl 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
NLM call number
Westerfeld, S.
Reading level
  • 5.2.
  • 5.6.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Uglies
Series volume
bk 1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beauty, Personal
  • Teenage girls
  • Friendship
  • Beauty, Personal
  • Friendship
  • Science fiction
  • Beauty, Personal
  • Friendship
  • Teenage girls
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: Pretties
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm57686394
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse edition.
Extent
425 pages
Isbn
9780329409852
Lccn
2004106866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689865381
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)57686394
Label
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: Pretties
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm57686394
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse edition.
Extent
425 pages
Isbn
9780329409852
Lccn
2004106866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689865381
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)57686394

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