Uglies by Scott Westernfeld is a thrilling adventure set in the distant, but not too distant, future and one girl’s search for free will. Tally has waited her entire life to become pretty. Once she turns sixteen she will be whisked off to be transformed into a beautiful person, just like everyone else in the world. As she waits around for her real life of endless parties to begin, Tally meets Shay. Unlike Tally, Shay doesn’t want to become pretty. In fact, she has decided to runaway to the legendary village called Smoke and stay an ugly forever. After Shay leaves, Tally decides to focus on becoming a pretty and attempts to forget about Shay. This seems to work for awhile, until Special Circumstances steps in and forces Tally to become a spy and locate Smoke. Now everything has changed and Tally is confronted with unimaginable truths.
Westernfeld creates a great adventure story. By the time I got halfway through the book, I was unable to put it down and was really wishing I had the second book in the series. I really liked Tally and found her to be a fun character to follow. She is courageous, if a bit reckless, smart, funny and overall and entertaining. Westernfeld did a great job developing her and making her complex. I am anxious to see where the story goes and how the other characters, as well as Tally, continue to grow.