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3 of 5 Not-So-Ugly Stars – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book. It’s not an idea that really appeals to me. I mean, I was never that ugly as a kid. So, I never really hoped to be beautiful. Maybe it’s a girl thing.

But what got me in this book, was the amazing sci-fi world this author has created. In his Uglies future, the supermodels of our current era are thought of as ugly. I can’t even imagine what the supermodels of their era look like.

But it’s not just that. It’s all the tech that he’s created for this book that’s fascinating. How they make people Pretty. The so-called side effects of it. The food, the clothes, the toys, even the transportation, is new tech that I’ve never heard of. Absolutely amazing.

That being said, the plot in this book is way too convenient. I mean, does this girl really even want to be Pretty? I don’t fucking know. Nobody knows. But she betrays her best friend, and an entire society just so she could be Pretty. What the fuck? Seriously? How does that make any sense at all?

Yeah, okay. At the beginning, it was pretty obvious that Tally desperately wanted to be pretty. But then, she met Shay, who showed her why she should stay the way she is. It’s cool to be different. You have character, and all that good stuff that makes you who you are.

But as soon as there’s a reason to stay Ugly, she goes off and betrays her friend, and all of the rebels, just to have a chance at being Pretty. Yes, okay, she does regret that, after a bit, but still… What the fuck?

Oh nevermind. I just remembered that these are teenagers we’re talking about here. The perfect reason to write Young Adult fiction. Being a teenager conveniently explains just about anything.

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