Saturday, April 24, 2010

Show me 5 Saturday, The Uglies

Show me Five is a meme hosted by That's a Novel Idea.

1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week
2 Words that describe the book
3 Settings where it took place or characters you met
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it
5 Stars or less for your rating?

My Choice-- The Uglies, Scot Westerfield. This is a book that has gotten raving reviews from the various book blogs that I frequent. (Doesn't that sound sinister). So I took the plunge.

1. READ, The Uglies, Scott Westerfield
2 DESCRIBED as a, Young Adult futuristic adventure (in my opinion) I forgot to see what Dewey had to say.

3. SETTING in a futuristic world with definite segregation of ugly and pretty people. The main character is Tally Youngblood (I'm sure the surname is a significant choice, a little cheesy for me). David (sort of like David and Goliath),Shay, Dr. Cable and a few more.

4. I LIKED the quickness of the book, I actually read it in less than three train trips. The characters were easy to get to know, and like or dislike. The setting was easy to visualize, albeit a little extreme, but believable. I liked the wee bit of cliffhangers throughout the book from chapter to chapter, (kept me turning pages) I also like the break from sex and violence, even though the violence is implied.

I DID NOT LIKE the idea of the possibility of this whole future world. I did not like the idea of a young adult of 16 having to save the world like this. I did find that portion of this a little unbelievable, but then I might be comparing Tally Youngblood to my own kids. I also found her being so resourceful after being brought up in a very privileged society a little unbelievable, but the author did make it work somehow, it is young adult fiction. This author certainly gave his young readers the power to change their world, which I think is wonderful.

5 Stars or less for your rating? I'm rating this a 4+stars. It was good and if I were purchasing for the library, I would definitely put it on the shopping list.

THE WHYS AND WHERES? I got my copy from the local library, which I'm trying to do more and more, since I've run out of room on my stairs.


Cat said...

I haven't read it but most of the reviews I've seen are very positive. Glad you enjoyed it too.

Jenners said...

I got this book from Paperback Swap based on quite a few rave reviews about it from other bloggers. But I'm going into it expecting a fun, interesting read ... not great literature. And your review seems to support this!

And just to let you know, since the original hostess and creator of Show Me 5 Saturday is back to blogging so I won't be hosting anymore! (Although I will be participating.) : )

Mary said...

I've seen good reviews for this everywhere. Glad you liked it!

Alipet813 said...

I downloaded this for free last year, but haven't read it yet. I have heard it is great.

Jenny said...

This sounds like a fun book to read. Thanks for the great review.

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