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Uglies: Uglies, Book 1 | [Scott Westerfeld]

Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 Scott Westerfeld; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“With a beginning and ending that pack hefty punches, this introduction to a dystopic future promises an exciting series.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

“Highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic techonologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies. Fortunately, the cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel.” (School Library Journal, Starred Review)

“This book, the first in a trilogy, asks engaging questions about the meaning of beauty, individuality, and betrayal. Highly recommended for SF fans or anyone who likes a good, thoughtful adventure.”(Kliatt, Starred Review)

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    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 04-23-13
    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 04-23-13
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    "Slow but it gets better."

    The narrator is definitely trying too hard to sound like a young adult. She also had a particularly strange way of pronouncing forest or forehead so that they sounded like faaarrest and faaarehead, which were words that were used quite often. So that was annoying. Sarah Drew would have been a much better fit.

    As far as the story goes it starts off well and keeps your interest and then gets a little slow but if you stick with it, it recaptures your interest in the end and you immediately want to download the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 04-04-13
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "old idea into a new concept!"

    love the idea that "fairness" is created by making everyone look beautiful!

    creative twist to an ageless issue ... how do we get people to act ethical towards one another ... at what cost ... and is it ultimately worth it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie BURLINGTON, MA, United States 03-28-13
    Jamie BURLINGTON, MA, United States 03-28-13
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    "I couldn't handle the narrator's horrible voice"
    Any additional comments?

    I have absolutely loved the Uglies series since I was in high school. They were the first books that I actually related to. I thought, "Why not re-read them as an audiobook?".

    I could not get past the first 2 minutes of this book because the narrator was so incredibly awful. I'm serious, I had to switch to a different book before the counter reached 120 seconds.

    The narrator sounds like a harsh school teacher trying to sound young. I didn't even get to the point where she was supposed to act the character's voices. Her voice is monotonous and sharp. I hated listening to it, it was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deborah Honolulu, HI, United States 02-26-13
    deborah Honolulu, HI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good idea... but too long."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book has a great concept- but it was much longer than it needed to be. At times I would "zone out", and when I came back, there hadn't been much progress. By then end of the book, I just wanted to finish! The pace didn't pick up at the end, when you knew what was going to happen at the end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Westerfeld? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This book was very long winded.


    Did Carine Montbertrand do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voices were clear, but very nasal. Some characters voices were VERY annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey BLUE SPRINGS, MO, United States 01-30-13
    Tracey BLUE SPRINGS, MO, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I did not like this at first"
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    At first this book was slow and I was annoyed by the narration, however the farther into the book I got I started to enjoy it and the narration did not bother me as much. I am not rushing out to get the next two books, but I will mostly get to them once my current list is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KarenLee Beaufort, SC United States 01-12-13
    KarenLee Beaufort, SC United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Intriguing and Quirky"

    Definitely enjoyed this story. I was able to borrow the last 2 books in the series and devoured them. This is geared for young adults but like The Hunger Games was immensely interesting for this not young adult!

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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "Very different and entertaining!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Uglies to be better than the print version?

    Well this series is read by Carine Montbertrand and at first I hated her voice! But I got use to it very fast and it was no longer a bother. Also the way the book was written at the beginning may have been difficult for the narrator. The book started off all over the place as if the main character was having an out of body experience every few lines or she was talking to her self. But the book gets really good about 2 hours in and the rest of the books in the series are even better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uglies?

    When the main character crashed a party in a Pretty sector of the city that she was not allowed in. She was wearing a pig mask and the pretties chased her calling out, "here piggy piggy!"


    Which character – as performed by Carine Montbertrand – was your favorite?

    I liked shay's voice, because it was very mellow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'd have to say yes, but I chose not to because I think I'm getting addicted to audio books!


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this book series is very refreshing with its own twists, humor, and adventure! I do recommend it to people who like books like Matched, Delirium, and/or Divergent.

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    Brandi Spelbring 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved!"
    Where does Uglies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uglies?

    All of it...


    What aspect of Carine Montbertrand’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't care for the performance...I hated the voice of Shay


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it...


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. If you liked the Hunger Games, you will love this! Very creative!

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    Kat 04-11-12
    Kat 04-11-12

    Mama of two

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    "I gave up..."

    This was one of the times I wish I had listened to the sample. The voices the narrator used for some of the characters were unbearable. The "voice of enlightenment" who is an almost-16-year-old girl, sounded like a Rug Rats (infantile, male, cartoon-ish) character -- I couldn't get past it.

    I didn't listen long enough to pick up the story line so I couldn't say whether it would be a worthwhile read.

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 04-06-12
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "When You're Pretty, Do You Have a Brain?"

    Westerfeld successfully explores the societal ideal of beauty in this thought-provoking novel. Tally Youngblood is nearly 16 and has been waiting her entire life to be "pretty." She, like all individuals in the novel, are considered ugly, living apart from polite society, until their 16th birthday when an operation changes them into an acceptable, predetermined form of pretty. The philosophy is that in the past, individual physical characteristics caused the destruction of society by the Rusties, which is what they call the people who destroyed it.

    Told completely from Tally's point of view, we are immersed into her thought process and watch it change when she meets someone three months before the important 16th birthday. Shay has a completely different philosophy about being made pretty and this perspective turns Tally's world upside down.

    Although this can properly be labeled a young adult novel, adults may find themselves questioning their own values about beauty and the role it may play in our own society. What value does it have and do we over value it? Do we make mistakes about what it means to be pretty or ugly? Does this translate into fat or thin? Red hair or blonde hair? Is it breaking down society? The questions Tally has in her life are ones we start asking ourselves, so while the plot is engaging, entertaining and unique filled with tension and conflict, it is also a commentary on some of our way of life.

    Unfortunately Carine Montbertrand is a poor reader. The voice of Tally was fine, but the voices of all the other characters were nasal and grating. Some of the characters are made to sound as if they are uneducated, which is simply not true of any of them. It drove me nuts. Although this is a series that I would like to read all the way through, I will probably buy the other books in an e-version because I don't think I can stomach another one read by Montbertrand, which is a shame since the story line is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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