Thursday, 20 August 2015

Uglies (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)
Author:  Scott Westerfeld
Publisher:  Simon Pulse 
Published Date:  8th February 2005
Rating: 2 Stars

Synopsis: Tally can't wait to turn sixteen and become Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks, Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend, Shay, isn't sure she wants to be Pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world - and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worse choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Review: This is going to be a hard review to write, for many reasons.



Let me first say, this book might deserve a lot more stars than I gave it. But that’s because in general I found it kind of, meh. This book had a lot of hype around it as well, which set my expectations kind of high. That might also be a reason why I was a bit disappointed.

The thing is, this was one of the first dystopian novels. And I know that if I read this before Divergent and The Hunger Games, I would’ve loved it. But I didn’t, and I read it afterwards. Which made it fall short in comparison.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the message behind it. This one is by far the most meaningful dystopian I have read. There is a lot of messages about friendship, about life being what you think it is, and also about betrayal in there. That was good to read and I liked the idea of the Uglies and Pretties, and I think that Pretty not being all it seemed is something we should think about when living everyday life as well.

My main problem was that I didn’t really feel much for the characters here. Tally was okay, Shay was okay, David was okay and nothing special. The plot was interesting and occasionally perked my interest, but the action wasn’t anything that got me too excited and had me turning every page to know what was going to happen. And then when it comes to the romance, it was there and straightforward (for once! None of that love triangle business,) but it was kind of meh and not really a bit necessity for the story for anything.


In general, it was kind of meh. And yet, I will still read the second book!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: Do you use make up? Why?

Olivia-Savannah x

46 comments:

  1. I understand where you are coming from. I actually read this book quite a while before I read other dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, but this book was really just average to me. I liked hearing your opinion on it.
    ~Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

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    1. It was a good read, but nothing special. I am hoping that the future books in the series might surprise me and make me love them all the more.

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  2. I've had a hard time really loving dystopians since reading The Hunger Games and Divergent. I just can't help compare the books. I liked the concept of Uglies but I don't think I'll enjoy the book if I do read it. I can see why some people really like it though. Nice review :)

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    1. Yes, once you've read the best sometimes it can be hard to take others into consideration. I would suggest you try Carrier by Anne Tibbets! That's a really unique read and a good one :)

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  3. Oh no! I really want to read this series but now I don't know. I will still try it anyway.
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I think you should still try it. You might like it more than I did!

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  4. I didn't read Uglies but I did read Pretties which was the second book in the series. I read Pretties first because it was the only one available out of the series from the library. I thought the characters were okay, what really fascinated me was the world the characters lived in.

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    1. I am going to be reading Pretties soon! I looking forward to it quite a bit, and yes the world building definitely triumphs over the characters.

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  5. This sounds like a good read too thanks for commenting the link!

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  6. Hi - I also think the synopsis was interesting. Maybe the next book in the series will be a very pleasant surprise. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  7. I know what you mean! Having read the book too, I wasn't very impressed either.

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    1. It seems we have similar thoughts on this one!

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  8. I felt the same when I read this a few years ago, and that was before I had read a lot of dystopians. It was an okay read, but it just wasn't amazing.

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    1. Ah so maybe it is not only because I am reading this one later than all the others. It seems like it was generally just an okay read :/

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  9. Pity it was just meh :( good on you for reading the second one!

    To answer your question, yes I use makeup, a lot of it unfortunately! I have some bad acne scarring on my face, without the makeup on I feel really self conscious...

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    1. I think the idea of make up interests me in general! I think that is a pretty understandable reason to wear it, and I know it gives a lot more girls confidence in general.

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  10. I agree, I attempted to read this about a year ago but 100 pages into it I just couldn't bear another page. :( I was very disappointed and definitely wanted to finish.
    Mariella @ Bookletbeauty

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    1. Ah, such a shame that you DNFed this one! It sounds like it really wasn't suitable to you :(

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  11. Woah, that is a creepy cover. Sorry to hear it was just meh for you

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    1. It actually is creepy but I really like it :P

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  12. I feel you with this series. Also, I LOVE this cover- so much better than the generic looking one that I have! Sadly, this one is my favorite in the series, which I suppose doesn't say a whole lot for the next books- which, in my opinion, got more and more boring, until I basically just skimmed through "Extras". I agree with you too- I think had I read this before some of the better dystopians, I may have liked it better, but alas... I do hope you like the next one better, I am kind of excited to find out ;)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I actually really like this cover as well! I have seen many of them, and this is by far my favourite one. Oh, it's not too good about them going downhill though :/ Makes me a bit anxious...

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  13. I've been debating on reading this one for a while. Every time I say yes, I end up not purchasing it. Still not sure about it yet. Great review!

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    1. I think it is worth trying nonetheless.

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  14. I've got this book and haven't read it yet, think I am scared to in case it is meh for me. Will need to try it soon.

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    1. You should try it soon! I am looking forward to knowing what you think of it when you are done :)

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  15. Yeah, I can see your point. I still want to try this one.

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  16. This book must have been around for quite some time girl but I've never heard of it (but that cover though! Definitely eye catching.) :) too bad it was a meh kind of read for you mainly because of the characters. If you can't connect with the character right off the bat...what is le point?? Great review though lovely!♡

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    1. It has been around for a bit and I know a lot of book bloggers have read it and enjoyed it. The covers are so good though, because well, it really does reflect the book itself and the theme of beauty inside it.

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  17. I have this and I'm hoping to get around to it soon! That cover is SO much nicer than mine though!!! (mine is just plain black with bright green writing urgh!). Thanks for all your lovely comments on A Blonde Librarian :)

    http://www.ablondelibrarian.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I really like your blog so it is no problem :) Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.

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  18. I completely agree with you about this book. I wasn't blown away by it at all. Just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! http://originalbooker.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html

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    1. Seems like we have the same thoughts. Thanks for the tag but I am going to pass it up because I have done it before.

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  19. Hmm. I haven't read this one yet, but have wanted to. I'll have to see. I may feel exactly the same.

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Let me know if you do end up reading this one. I know it's a very popular one.

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  20. I love the messages behind this series too, and I think I liked the series a bit more because I DID read this before THG and Divergent and the huge Dystopian wave. The characters were a bit to connect with and to like. They're just so obsessed with image that they seem so flat underneath it all. The next book was better in my opinion, so I hope you continue! Yikes, I can't remember much else about this series xD Nice review <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. The message had to be one of my favourite things, and it was something teenagers think about a lot. I am going to continue and I am looking forward to trying it ^^

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  21. Oh, I completely understand your situation, OS (if you don't mind me calling you that). Not just about books being so hyped that you naturally have expectations, but also the fact that The Hunger Games and Divergent were our first encounters with dystopian and the rest just seem to be similar. I do like how this book came with a meaningful message, and I'd like to find out what that is. Lovely review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Don't mind at all! Yeah, it seems once you have read the best it's almost impossible to not compare the two. Thanks Sarika ^^

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  22. I got a copy of this once but didn't get too far in, although I do believe it was before I read the other big dystopians. There was something about it that just didn't click with, although I know the books have a lot of praise. I'm sorry that this didn't end up being overwhelming and a super read for you, either. Although I do really kinda like this cover. It seems like it fits with the society image and underlyind message in the book.
    Nice review! x

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    1. Ah, such a shame this one didn't work out for you at all! But I suppose not every book is for everyone all the time.

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