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  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Could not put it down"
    Overall

    I never knew where Scott Westerfeld was going to take this action-packed story. As an adult reading a YA title, I have to say that I was constantly irritated by our heroine, who starts out self-absorbed, self-pitying, insecure. You can count on her to always make the worst move. At the end of the whole series, in my opinion, she has not matured a whit. So why five stars? Because the author is so darned good; lovely similes page-turning plotting, and intelligent handling of complexity. He has created a very real world that we want to know more about. Our narrator also does a lovely job. Oh, one quirk I am not sure Westerfeld noticed when he was doing his plotting: Our heroine, Tally when in trouble, which is all the time, has an amusingly predictable response... and that is: "Jump!"

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