Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott WesterfeldTally is about to turn sixteen, and she cant wait. In just a few weeks shell have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, shell be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tallys new friend Shay isnt sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isnt very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tallys choice will change her world forever...
Uglies (The Uglies) Summary
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The book is set three hundred years into the future, with the government taking over everything, including surgical operations. The people who lived life before the government took over are known as Rusties. Shay urges Tally to join the organization, called the Smoke. Shay later runs away, which causes Dr. Tally agrees and sets off to find Shay, holding a tracking device the whole time.
Tally Youngblood wants to have the surgery that will make her pretty; but then she gets caught up in a rebellion against society and comes to appreciate a world where not everyone is pretty—and then irony alert she has to turn herself in to be turned pretty. The slightly-longer-but-still-short plot summary breaks down nicely into three parts thanks to the fact that the book has three parts , in a classic three-act structure:. Tally Youngblood is about to get the pretty surgery—which will be great, because her best friend already lives in the pretty part of the city. But when she almost gets in trouble breaking into New Pretty Town , she meets Shay, an ugly who is a little more rebellious. Shay and Tally argue and argue and argue about whether the pretty surgery is a good thing.
U glies is a novel set in the future, where your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from an 'Ugly' into a stunningly attractive 'Pretty'. The "Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is an Ugly, and is also one of the most mischievous; in just a few weeks Tally will be there, joining her friends. However, Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be Pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away to The Smoke a rumoured settlement of rebels that haven't undergone the operation , Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world - and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all.