Thursday, May 19, 2011
Review of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
But there is this mysterious group of people, who realize that by becoming pretty you essentially lose everything that's special about you. Since they are opposing the natural order of things they live in hiding and Tally's friend runs off to join them. Now Tally's stuck between betraying her friend, and telling the authorities where her friend went, to become pretty or keeping her promise and staying ugly forever.
At first I was really sad when I was reading this novel because this future scared me. I almost felt offended and like I was being called an Ugly because I didn't have plastic surgery to correct all the things that made me unique. I got that the point of the book was to over exploit these thoughts of beauty but the mindset of the people in this novel is just plan scary.
I really enjoyed this novel and came to love these characters. They are people I care about and I didn't want to see their individuality taken away. Tally was a strong individual who had to make a difficult choice. I loved how she grew throughout the novel and came into her own confidence.
As much as I liked the novel, I'm still a bit shaken by it. People are obsessed with beauty and it is easy to imagine this world someday becoming ours. Sometimes these dystopian novels hit a little too close to home.
What about you? Would you risk all your individuality to become "pretty?"