Sunday, 26 December 2010

Uglies Trilogy Review

I've just finished reading the third book in Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Trilogy. There is actually a fourth book, so the trilogy became more of a series but I will review that separately.

Overall I enjoyed this YA science fiction trilogy. Tally was a believable character with plenty of flaws but enough strength of character to pull through when it really mattered.

The story throws up some interesting thoughts about modern society, the obsession we have with body image, how it feels to not fit in and how our modern way of life impacts the natural world.

I found the books to be reasonably fast paced and held my interest all the way through. Some of the slang phrases like 'icy', 'bubbly' and 'fashion missing' used in the books began to irritate me and were overused.

There were plenty of plot twists, but some things were left unanswered for me. Tally's parents don't get a mention after the first book and we never discover who destroyed the pre-Pretty world in the first place or introduced the operations and brain lesions. I hope that Extras (the fourth book) ties up those loose ends.

I liked that Tally was imperfect, and although Pretties and Specials disappointed me with Tally not choosing to reunite with her first love, David, It felt truer to real life and less melodramatic than the tangled love triangles in the majority of YA books.

I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys YA science fiction.

Uglies (Boxed Set): Uglies, Pretties, Specials (The Uglies)

Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Source- These books were purchased by me from a bookstore
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