1.23.2008

Book Review: Uglies



Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I gotta say, I don't get it.

This YA series has been hyped and hoopla-ed, and it doesn't seem to stay on the shelf long, so I wanted to read the first in this intended trilogy (now four books) and see what the fuss was about.

Huh.

This is obviously Brave New World for today's generation, mixed in with a little Gattaca and sci fi, and then mixed with uninspiring characters. When you turn 16, you are changed from a "Ugly" to one of the "Pretties", everyone looking beautiful and doing nothing but getting drunk, going to parties, and laying around all day (what a great example for today!). But what happens when a few rebel Uglies leave for the wilderness! Oh no! Danger! Intrigue!

While I liked the perspective of trying to describe things from the future that we take for granted today (newspapers, cars, roller coasters, etc), the rest of this novel just left me cold.

I guess I'm too old to "get it". Not recommended by me, but thousands of YAs will disagree...

1 comment:

little ineb said...

Scott made me read these, and I agree that "Uglies" would have been more exciting to someone who didn't have to read "Brave New World" in high school (eg, Scott). I did get into the first one-- I liked the weird writing style. But the rest of the trilogy just left me annoyed-- it wasn't worth my investment of time.