My neice told me about a book she was reading called Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. She was enjoying it so much I thought I would give it a try even though it falls into the category of Young Adult Fiction.
The story is about a young girl named Tally who lives in a future society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 to make them pretty. Until kids reach their 16th birthday, they are referred to as Uglies and segregated from the rest of society. But shortly before her birthday, Tally meets a new friend named Shay, who wants to run away and live in a place called The Smoke, where no one wants to get the pretty operation.
The books deal with themes of beauty, betrayal, friendship, society, government, environmentalism, and much more. It is fast-paced with rich characters, and the author doesn’t talk down to its readers.
I enjoyed Uglies so much, I ripped right through the sequels, Pretties and Specials.
Have you read these books?