Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Welcome to another installment of The Book Nook! That is, to the one follower I have other than myself. Hello, Bonnie from B&N! I’ve read a lot of great books in February and I’ll be getting those reviews posted soon. I’m also playing around with the idea of doing vlog reviews. I love watching them on YouTube but I’m not sure how I feel about posting my own. Any thoughts?
Alright, let’s get right into the book reviews I have for today. This series comes from the amazing Scott Westerfeld and I have been reading it for years-literally. I finally found the inspiration to finish it and I have some thoughts to share with you. The series is know collectively as the Uglies Trilogy (even though there are four!) and it includes Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. They were published between 2005 and 2009 and average around four hundred pages each. The series is dystopian and set in a post-Rusties (that’s us) America. Despite its YA rating, the series has some interesting jabs at our society’s blatant destruction of the world around us. With themes including corrupt governments hell-bent on maintaining power by keeping the people in a state of altered reality while at the same time experimenting on indigenous populations and brainwashing, these novels really bring to light some interesting commentary on the state of our existence and what it might be like if our society doesn’t curb its appetite for pollution and environmental mayhem. While I’m sure the future won’t play out exactly as Westerfeld has written it (hopefully no one discovers the recipe for making oil-eating bacteria), his prose is still relevant to our society and I could see so much of us in the “futuristic” characters.
Overall, the series was entertaining and thought-provoking. The reader definitely had a sense of the underlying message of our destructive nature. It wasn’t all Big Brother and the environment though, there were some awesome fight scenes and hover boards! Plus, an entire new language of slang that was bubbly-making indeed (despite some of the bogus events of the novels). The series is certainly worth reading, especially if dystopian novels are your thing, or you enjoy pulling tricks. I would give the series a rating of at least a mega-Helen (that’s for you Zane because you were my favorite!).
Until next time,
xoxo Theresa
The Book Nook


  1. I've loved dystopias since I was young (which was long, long ago). I have this odd habit, however, of reading book one and that's it. And that's what I did with the Uglies series.

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  2. Thank you! I did that with this series. I read book one when it first came out and I just got around to finishing it.

    I just joined the Top Ten Tuesday meme so hopefully that helps me to get more followers.

  3. I noticed that I started gaining more followers in the past couple of months after joining weekly challenges such as Cover Crazy (Mondays) and Teaser Tuesdays. Those are the only two I do each week because I'm obsessed with cover design and I think it's fun to see what everyone is reading. I've started following a lot of new blogs I love after starting this, too. I have some amazing followers worth reading! lol.

    I really enjoyed Uglies. Aside from The Giver and various classics, it was my first "for fun" Dystopian series, though I didn't really grasp that until I got into The Hunger Games. I really want to re-read these books with fresh eyes! I'm glad you enjoyed them <3