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Publisher's Summary

Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation that erases all your flaws, transforming you from an "Ugly" into a "Pretty". She is on the eve of this important event and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also 15 - but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn't sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in the forest - the Rusty Ruins - where Uglies go to escape "turning". Tally won't be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she's ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway - against her will. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she could ever imagine: Find her friend, Shay, and turn her in or never turn Pretty at all. What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing "pretty" about the transformations...and the choice Tally makes will change her world forever.
©2005 Scott Westerfeld. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. T on 11-09-16

Deadpan narrator murders bubbly story.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've worn out two paperback copies over the years. Now that I'm a mom with young kids, it's hard to find time to sit and read, so when I found Uglies on audible, I was ecstatic. Emily Tremaine is decidedly less so. Not only was the reading emotionless and flat, her odd placement of inflections was maddeningly off on several occasions, distorting the meaning of the dialogue. Scott Westerfeld is an amazing author. Uglies and its sequels deserve the high praise and popularity of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and other critically acclaimed YA series.
Would I buy this book again? I probably will one of these days. In print. On audio? Only if someone else is reading it to me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lee R on 03-31-17

Great Story, Mediocre Performance

I'm a big fan of the Uglies series and Scott Westerfeld. He writes interesting stories and characters. Unfortunately Emily Tremaine's reading drags the story down. She has a nice soothing voice, more suited to a relaxation mantra rather than an action-y story of tricks and escapes. It's not bad enough for me to not listen to the rest of the series but I definitely recommend purchasing the books as well so you can get the real feel of a good story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Pickup on 04-19-18

Can’t wait to listen to book 2

I loved this book great plot just the right amount of twists and turns so excited for book 2

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5 out of 5 stars
By steven Elston on 10-31-17

uglies <br />

really well written fantastic story from strat to finish can't wait for the next book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-03-18

Voice actress

This series has been my all time favourite since I was a kid. Very digestible plot, amazing characters and a great, unfolding story arc.
The voice actress is amazing. She is very talented, fantastic diction and no exaggerated emotion that feels fake. But variation between characters voices needed to be a bit more obvious; had trouble differentiating characters at times.

Overall, 5 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 04-06-17

Pretty Special!

I loved this book when I read it in Year 10 for school and I love it still listening to it on my drive to and from school where I teach Year 10 English... Maybe I'll find a way to slot this into our reading schedule!

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