In the post-apocalyptic world of Uglies teens remain ugly until their sixteenth birthday. Upon turning sixteen they have the surgery that will turn them from ordinary and ugly to stunningly pretty and they move across the river to New Prettytown where their only job in life is to have fun and party. Tally cannot wait to turn sixteen. She has waited her entire life to turn pretty and looks forward to the day when she can reunite with her best friend Peris, who turned sixteen a few months before her. When Tally meets Shay she doesn’t understand how her new friend could not want to be turned pretty. After Shay runs away Tally finds out that there might be more to being turned pretty than she thought and she is forced to decide if it’s really what she wants at all.
I had a really hard time getting into this novel. The premise interested me and I thought that it would be a book that I would really enjoy, but in the end it just fell flat for me. I have to say that my first impression was dismal and that it did pick up a bit after about 150 pages, but even after completing the book I’m not sold. The novel ends in a huge cliffhanger, but I’m not sure it redeemed itself enough for me to move on two the second book of four in the series.
The thing that really got me the most about Uglies is that I had a hard time connecting to Tally as the lead character. There’s not enough information in the start of the novel to get me invested in her outcome and I never really felt attached to her in any way. In order for me to really love a novel I need to feel something for the character, and until the last third of the book I felt nothing for Tally. She does develop more towards the end as the action ramps up, but for me it was too little too late.
Aside from my lack of connection to the protagonist the book also begins a bit slow. It does get better as it goes along and has some pretty exciting scenes leading up to the cliffhanger ending, but once again it was too late for me. Despite a little curiosity about what comes next I probably won’t read any more of this series.