Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Uglies, Pretties, And Specials by Scott Westerfield
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield
Uglies is about a certain Tally Youngblood who lives in a dystopic, futuristic world that is supposed to be us in the future, after we have almost ruined the earth with our oil and tree cutting. This is a purely secular book. But even as a Christian I liked it....The story was good, the futuristic terms (ie. Rusties, Smokies, and Crumblies) are very creative, and the futuristic toys (hoverboards, hovercars, and my personal favorite- Bungee Jackets) are really fun. And this is possibly the one and only series I can recomend from Scott Westerfield (if you ever see Peeps at a bookstore, just go ahead and walk on). The reason why I'm recommending this book when it is clear that God has no part in this author's books, is because it brings up some important issues that we Christians should always try to look at and if possibly improve. The main thing with Uglies is how everyone gets turned into a "Pretty" when they turn sixteen. This is a very image obsessed society-so obsessed that they call each other ugly beforehand, and they call each other only by their nicknames which have to do with some undesirable trait they have (like how Tally is called "squint").
This book really reminded me of some of the friends I have who call themselves ugly or fat or stupid and waste their time with over-obsessive excercise routines.
And also this whole thing with plastic surgery-God created everyone of us uniquely, why would we want to change ourselves just to fit the criteria that the world says we have to fit in order to be beautiful...or even adequate?
Alright, I won't bore you all night with this sort of talk...now on to the story.
Uglies-Tally Youngblood is an Ugly, eagerly awaited to be turned into a Pretty so that she can join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. But while she's waiting, she meets a new friend-Shay who talks about a group of rebels that live outside of the city, and who don't want to have the operation to become pretty.
Tally is at first disgusted, but then after an impromptu meeting with "Special Circumstances", Tally must turn in her friend Shay, who's gone to live with those rebels, called the Smoke,
or she'll never be pretty.
Desparate-Tally goes and finds the Smoke...but she also finds...well, she also finds David. Who changes her mind about turning the Smokies in. Accidently, she does turn them in, and then after some serious decisions, turns Shay and herself in to become Pretty.
Pretties- Tally is now a pretty, and well, I have to go now, but I will tell you this-Pretties was my favorite of the three because...oh really I don't know why, but it just is. And also, Specials is a good book, just basically a continuation of Pretties. I would really love to be one of those Specials...hey-infared vision WOULD be handy now and again.