Uglies (The Uglies) Background

Uglies (The Uglies) Background

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, is a science fiction novel and the first in a trilogy (The Uglies series). It was published in 2005. His other books are called Pretties, Specials, and the companion book, Extras. Uglies is set in a world where everyone get pretty at the age of 16. They all have the same good looks that are supposed to be 'beautiful and attractive' after they do a cosmetic surgery. Radicals, or teens that chose to stay on their natural looks, believe that when everyone looks the same even though they look very attractive, the world will be boring.

When Westerfeld was asked about how he came up with the idea of the book, he stated several factors. He mentioned that the idea started to develop first when a dentist told a friend of his to consider doing a cosmetic surgery. He also wrote on his dedication in the beginning of the novel: “This novel was shaped by a series of e-mail exchanges between myself and Ted Chiang about his story 'Liking What You See: A Documentary'", a story of which he stressed about how it greatly inspired him. In an interview, Westerfeld stated that he was thinking about how technology was developing to a point where everyone could choose how they look, making people's perspective of 'beautiful' change.

The book got very popular because its underlying idea reflected the modern world in an interesting way. The novel, as well as the whole series, because New York Times' best sellers. It received many positive reviews from credible sources and authentic critics. Kirkus Reviews said about Uglies: “With a beginning and ending that pack hefty punches, this introduction to a dystopic future promises an exciting series". Also, School Library Journal reviewed it and stated: “Highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic techonologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies. Fortunately, the cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel". Kilkatt highly recommended this novel to adventure lovers and science fiction addicts. It is rated 3.8 out of a 5 star scale, which is considered very good.

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