Uglies is an astonishing book that takes place in a future society about a girl named Tally who wants nothing more than to be pretty.
Uglies definitely relates to my school life. In the book, people get an operation to make themselves ‘pretty’ because it’s the biggest trend in their society. At school today, I feel like I’m sometimes trying to follow the biggest trends just because everyone else is. Another similarity between our societies is that there seems to be different social classes. In Uglies, the upper classes are the specials and the pretties because the specials are in charge and everyone wants to be pretty. At school, the upper class is the ‘popular group’. Also, everyone wants to be popular at school just like every pretty dreams of becoming the most popular.
As I was reading Uglies, I realized that I would much rather live in our society than the one in the book. First of all, they rely entirely on technology. Nearly everyone in the city doesn’t know how to write with a pen and paper because they are only required to know how to use electronics, even for school, and they communicate entirely through technology. Another reason that I prefer living in our society is the fact that we have more freedom. We can travel wherever we want to without getting in trouble for it, unlike in the book. The people in Tally’s town aren’t allowed to go outside the boundaries of the city because the specials don’t want anyone to attempt to make a break for it. They stay within the confines of the city their entire life. In the book, uglies get an operation that is supposed to make them ‘pretty’ and makes them feel bad about themselves because they have supposedly ugly faces. I’m glad that we don’t have this operation because it’s one more way to bring a person’s spirits down.
One of the characters that really stood out to me was Crowe. For one, he’s really smart and intelligent. He figured out that Tally had been lying about how long it took her on her journey to the Smoke, a place for runaway uglies, by counting the amount of food she had left in her bag and comparing it to the amount of food that she claimed she had eaten while traveling. Also, he was kind to Tally even though he had originally been suspicious of her. For example, when the specials invaded the Smoke, Crowe told everyone to take off their shoes so that Tally could choose a pair and escape since she was barefoot. Crowe reminds me of myself in a way because he’s always willing to lend a helping hand to a person in need, and he tries to stay strong even when things aren’t going right. When Crowe found out that Tally was behind the destruction of the Smoke, he quickly got over his shock and tried to move forward from it.
Overall, I think Uglies is a five star book because of its unique setting and distinct characters.