Posts Tagged ‘The Uglies Series’

SpecialsSpecials is the third installment in ”Uglies” series. I liked the first two books but after reading this one I felt as if the series will never end! Tally, the protagonist female character of this book changes herself into every possible personalities available. First she was ugly then pretty and now she is special.

Tally is a special now, she has undergone this surgery to make herself super fast, skilled killing machine specially built to keep the uglies down and   pretties stupid. These special people are called as cutters, their main goal is to find New smoke and destroy it. But Tally is engineered to feel superior, she feels annoyed even in her pretty boyfriend’s company. She wants to change him into a special too, for that she follows a plan. A plan where her boyfriend can be turned into special and new smoke can be found and destroyed.

One of things I really enjoyed is how different Tally becomes in each book. From Ugly to Pretty to Special, her entire personality shifts and changes constantly as she undergoes not just plastic surgery, but mental surgery. But at the same time special Tally was annoying, it’s terribly frustrating knowing she’s been brainwashed, but she refuses to believe it. The way she looks down at her boyfriend made me hate her. But all together it was a bittersweet ending to the trilogy. Oh! wait, can I call it trilogy cause there is  4th book in the series- Extras. My rating: 2 out of 5. I would like to read and see what is there in the next book, but not right now.

Pretties Pretties is second book in ”Uglies series”. But  I liked the the first one better than the second. As It is teen read, I can see author giving importance to lot of teen issues here, like struggling to look cool, gossips and adventure seeking teens. But what I liked about this book is, in this book they show how the pretty society is living.

Pretties picks up where Uglies left off, Tally is pretty now but her memory about smokes and David is completely erased. Now she is one of those pretties who are good from out side but nothing inside the brain. She is brain damaged there is only peace in her brain now, that’s why pretties never fight. Tally’s boy friend is hot, she is pretty, food is awesome, she is popular what more she can ask for? They are hiring for specials and Tally can be one of them, Specials.  But one day a message arrives from her Ugly past and her memories about smoke comes back slowly. How can she rebel when she is brain damaged? What will she do with her life when Davis’s memory comes back?

It is a good sequel to Uglies, but pretty much same things are repeated again here. My rating: 3 out of 5. There are 2 more books in this series: Specials and Extras.

UgliesImagine a world where where everyone is beautiful. There is no discrimination, no celebrities and everyone is equal looking. This is what happens in a town where this future story begins. Tally is from this time of future where this story takes place. For now she is ugly because she is not yet 16. Operations for uglies takes place when they are 16 and once they are pretty with every feature perfect in their body they are given a new house to stay in pretty town. Where they party and enjoy the rest of their life. This is what Tally wants to do too, because before operation you are no one here. Once you are pretty you are treated as human again. But Tally’s friend Shay, who shares Tally’s birthday is against that operation and  runs off to a secret place called Smokes where no one forces you to become pretty. Shay begs Tally to come along but Tally can’t as she wants to become pretty and spend her time with her best friend Peris who is pretty now. When the time comes for her operation she meets another cruel face of pretty town – Specials who refuses to do her pretty but comes up with a bargain. If she finds out where this place Smokes is she can get pretty. Now it is her turn to betray her friend Shay, to whom she promised to keep her secret or to be ugly forever.

What is her choice? Will she find out this place called smokes with just a piece of weird note given by Shay while leaving? Who is this David guy with whom Shay ran off to Smokes? What is the big secret about all these operations, pretties, uglies ans this place called Smokes?

Its a good young adult novel which reminded me of Hunger Games. Adventurous, different story line  which will not bore you for sure. My rating 3 out of 4. I recommend this book  to Hunger Game fans 🙂