Monday, August 8, 2011
Uglies by Scott Westerfield Review
Let me just say that I am a nerd for 60's sci-fi. I love The Twiilight Zone and I find 60's sci-fi movies to be epic. I can't usually say the same for 60's horror movies though unless it's Rosemary's Baby. If you plan on reading this book or have read it, well let's just say that you need to watch The Twilight Zone episode called "Number 12 Looks Just Like You". I will be comparing it to Uglies countless times. There will be a lot of spoilers.
Tally Youngblood can't wait to go through the surgery of becoming pretty, it's when she'll finally matter. Her BFF for life already became pretty, and when she goes and sees him again he only wants her to become pretty for them to become friends again. She then befriends Shay, and they become two trouble makers. However, Shay decides not to become pretty and runs away to the Smoke where a bunch of other former pretties go. Tally is sent to the "Special Forces" to tell about Shay, where she meets Dr. Cable and is told she won't ever be pretty until she turns Shay in. So Tally goes to the Smoke and meets David where they start an unbelievable romance that's shallow and blah; Shay is jealous of it. Then Tally learns some secrets which are total ripoffs of The Twilight Zone. Gag me with a spoon.
Reasons I Didn't Like This:
1. The Twilight Zone Ripoffs. Watch the episode and I won't have to explain.
2. The New Cover. It completely rips off another episode, this one called "The Eye of the Beholder". Gag me with a fork, too, would ya?
3. The Science. Being a sci-fi and actual science nerd, the science in the book is barely possible. When it isn't possible or beaks basic science laws I don't get too happy.
The hoverboards: There is a theory saying that metal could lift it, but it would take a massive amount of energy, meaning loads of metal, the big metal slab just doesn't work for all the people who hoverboard. Small amounts would only work for a couple of feet above ground, probably up to three. And the belly clip and metal bracelets also go along with it, meaning it just won't work. The solar cells can't power a hoverboard, either. It's just a weak battery that can't pick up a person on a hoverboard up as high as it was described in the book.
The Platic Surgery: In the basic sense, the plastic surery is correct. However, putting plastic inside of a human or metal isn't going to work out well with the basic ways our body works.
They Tried to Stop Natural Evolution: This should be a big red warning sign for people that something bad is going on. I do like the concept, but only one book has done it well. This book just didn't work for me. Also, having a baby with metal and plastic in you isn't actually going to help with birth and could cause defects.
Rubber and Plastic Can't Instantly Recycle Themselves. I'm talking to you, pig mask.
4. The Three Different Pretties. So New Pretties party all the time? And Middle Pretties have a spouse, kids, and they have to get a job? What's fun about getting a job? And late pretties are old and owly losing their pretty? It makes no sense and I don't know how their economy works.
5. The Word "Bubbly". It was used so much I wanted to gag.
6. I'm Pretty Sure I Said Enough.
I giv it 1 star out of 5!
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