Author: Scott Westerfeld
Series: Uglies, #2
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Date Published: November 1st, 2005
Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.
Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.
Well, first of all, I could not put this book down, and didn’t. I just finished it all the way through in one shot. So that says something about how good it is. However, there are definitely a lot of terrible morals in this book that I just can’t get past.
Mainly, the friendships, and relationships in this book seem to always end up being so shallow – especially when it comes to Tally. It really bugs me.
Tally first of all totally forgets about David. I guess at first I can understand because it’s something with her brain. Then when she remembers David, she has no feelings for him anymore? C’mon, that’s not real. After all they went through, she’s so quick to just ditch him. I hated that. Then, she’s so quick to just leave Peris behind; who, even though we didn’t see it, she grew up with her whole life. Pretty shallow. Not that I’m a big fan of Shay, but all along Tally is stabbing her in the back. Although I really do like Zane’s character, he seems like a really good guy – Tally is seeming pretty darn shallow and selfish so I hope she doesn’t just up and ditch him too.
Don’t get me wrong though, this book is really interesting and keeps you sucked in, waiting to see what happens next. But the fact that the word “ugly” is thrown around so much, even after they’re “cured” is just disgusting.
She looks at David (who probably for the record is NOT ugly, but average looking) and all she can think is that he’s ugly. She doesn’t remember how she felt about him, what he did for her, or anything. Nothing’s changed about her, all she seems to see is people’s looks (who probably aren’t even really that bad).
Tally is just so quick to throw friendships and what seemed like meaningful relationships down the drain.
I just hope in the next book she doesn’t ditch Zane as well. David seems like a lost cause at this point because she totally broke his heart after he did so much for her. David’s mom also seems to be quite different than the first book. I totally understand that her husband died. But at the same time, she just seems so bitter now towards everything, no matter what.
Well, despite all of that, I will be reading the next one. I gave it 3 stars still because it is a very intriguing series that I plan on finishing and I just couldn’t put it down. But I didn’t give it 4 because of all the terrible messages it’s sending out that I just can’t seem to get past now that I’ve put the book down and started to think about it.
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