Book Review: Uglies and Pretties

Uglies & PrettiesUglies and Pretties Review By Scott Westerfeld

Goodreads Review: The first two novels of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling series a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend now available in one edition. Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen. Only then will she be able to have an operation to turn her from a repellant ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and live in New Pretty Town a high-tech paradise where her only job will be to have fun. But when Tally finally becomes pretty, everything isn’t as perfect as it seems. Underneath all the beauty and luxury is a nagging sense that something is wrong. Very wrong. Searching for the truth, Tally discovers a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. Now Tally has a choice to make: fight to forget what she knows or fight for her life.

My Review: This is a series I have been wanting to read for years now. I read a bit of Uglies years ago and I ended up enjoying it so I was excited to find this on BookOutlet. Well I read Uglies last year and I recently attempted to read pretties but I couldn’t do it. I feel like this is one of those books I could see myself enjoying when I was younger before the big dystopian craze.

I had orginally checked out Uglies way back when I first started college and went to a school that had a Barnes and Nobles near by. I would always spend my breaks there reading. Uglies was a book I picked up and read a little bit. When I read Uglies last year I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It had a similar story that I have seen so many YA dystopian books do that I just couldn’t fully get into. I use to be a big fan of dystopian books but I feel like movies have killed them for me and in the end they just follow the same formula and I feel like this is something I am growing out. So I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the first one and really didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I once did. I decided I wasn’t going to give up on this series and was going to read Pretties this year. Well I finally decided to do that and it didn’t end up going well.

I have been eying Pretties for a while. I feel it was something I kinda wanted to get out of the way so I could figure out if I was actually going to keep the book or not. Well that problem ended up getting solved real quick. I started reading it and it couldn’t get it to hold my attention. I was not interested in the story at all. I probably read like a chapter of it and I just knew it wasn’t something I knew I was going to enjoy. So I ended up getting rid of it.

I’m sad to say that I obviously won’t be continuing on with this series. I just feel like YA dystopian books aren’t for me anymore. It’s a shame because I feel if I read this book earlier I probably would have enjoyed it and could see myself actually finishing the series. I will be checking out other books by Scott just to give him another chance.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars for Uglies and DNF for Pretties.

That is my overall thoughts for Uglies and Pretties. Are there any books by Scott Westerfeld that you recommend me trying out. I know he just came out with a comic that I’m interested in checking out soon. Did you guys end up reading this series? If you have I would love to hear your thoughts on it.


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