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Anyone read Scott Westerfeld's "The Uglies"?
I haven't, and I'm wondering if I should.  I find I either love, or hate his books. I loved "The Risen Empire" and "Leviathan". Also liked "Parasite Positive"
But I did not care for his midnight books, "Touching Darkness" I could not get past the second chapter. Hated it.

The premise of The Uglies sounds really interesting - a future in which plastic surgery to make you look lovely is mandatory, and some people rebel --, but I'm wondering if it's any good? Anyone read it?
 

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I've read the entire series.  Here are the thoughts I posted on Amazon:

This series has a relatable plot particularly for the younger generation since it is set in a world run by current pop trends (social media, beauty and fitness, quick thinking and wit).  The story revolves around how to live within this new world and its rules, but still remain true to real love, friendships, and purpose.  The search for freedom of life and expression is the overall theme.  Each book in the series starts out strong, then moves into a lot of running and surfing action in the middle, then suddenly an abrupt end where ends are tied together rather forcibly. Overall, I would give it 3 stars.  I enjoyed reading it while commuting.  So I usually just recommend it for those in search of light reading.

Hope this helps.
 

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Brownskins said:
I've read the entire series. Here are the thoughts I posted on Amazon:

This series has a relatable plot particularly for the younger generation since it is set in a world run by current pop trends (social media, beauty and fitness, quick thinking and wit). The story revolves around how to live within this new world and its rules, but still remain true to real love, friendships, and purpose. The search for freedom of life and expression is the overall theme. Each book in the series starts out strong, then moves into a lot of running and surfing action in the middle, then suddenly an abrupt end where ends are tied together rather forcibly. Overall, I would give it 3 stars. I enjoyed reading it while commuting. So I usually just recommend it for those in search of light reading.

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Thanks! That does give me a better idea of what to expect.
 

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I read the first one and enjoyed it a lot.  It's got some unique and hard hitting twists (consequences that you don't always see in YA).  That said, it ends on a cliffhanger, a kind of beginning to the next book and I don't tend to stick with series that do that.  So I have never continued the series because I'm assuming that each one is set up that way and I'm not a particular fan of the tactic.

It's on my list of favorite YA books though.  It's really a very well done book.

 

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I read the first 120 pages after waiting for months to get it from the library.  I kept hearing how great it was, and I liked his "Leviathan" series.  Unfortunately, I got bored after 120 pages of "Uglies", and never picked it up again until it had to be returned to the library.  May pick it up again...maybe...

Hope you enjoy more than I did!

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I read the series after looking for something more after The Hunger Games. I enjoyed all the books - thought the plot was intriguing and he did a great job at developing interesting characters. It wasn't The Hunger Games but I'm glad I read them.
I had the same reaction. I also read this series when looking for similar books to read after The Hunger Games. It was good but not great and geared towards teen readers more than adults.

I've also read "Leviathan" and couldn't get into it. I liked the "Uglies" series better.
 

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The premise was really good... but I definitely struggled through the first book (kept going because I usually like the author) and got bored halfway through the second and gave it up. A shame, because I'd had high hopes for the series.
 

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I enjoyed "Uglies" but not enough to read more of them. Otoh, I am old enough to have come to terms with the way I look so maybe they didn't resonate for me the way they would for a younger woman.
 

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Masha du Toit said:
Anyone read Scott Westerfeld's "The Uglies"?
I haven't, and I'm wondering if I should. I find I either love, or hate his books. I loved "The Risen Empire" and "Leviathan". Also liked "Parasite Positive"
But I did not care for his midnight books, "Touching Darkness" I could not get past the second chapter. Hated it.

The premise of The Uglies sounds really interesting - a future in which plastic surgery to make you look lovely is mandatory, and some people rebel --, but I'm wondering if it's any good? Anyone read it?
I really enjoyed the whole series, there was something somewhat addictive about them for me, though I think the things I liked about the writing would grate on the nerves of some, so it would be a good idea to read the sample on Amazon first. I tried some of the author's other work and couldn't get into them. Very different styles
 

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I only read the first book and I didn't like it, mainly because of the protagonist, and also the pace was a bit too slow. Even though the book ended with a bang, I've no desire to continue. It's decently written, but it doesn't give me the thrills as Hunger Games did!

L M May said:
I tried some of the author's other work and couldn't get into them. Very different styles
Great, as I'm thinking of picking up the Leviathan series some time. I've always wanted to read more steampunk after reading Lindsay Buroker's awesome Emperor Edge series (another indie author, yay!), and I've seen some good reviews of these.
 

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Aya Ling said:
I only read the first book and I didn't like it, mainly because of the protagonist, and also the pace was a bit too slow. Even though the book ended with a bang, I've no desire to continue. It's decently written, but it doesn't give me the thrills as Hunger Games did!

Great, as I'm thinking of picking up the Leviathan series some time. I've always wanted to read more steampunk after reading Lindsay Buroker's awesome Emperor Edge series (another indie author, yay!), and I've seen some good reviews of these.
I enjoyed Leviathan, (I've only read the first one in that series so far) It's for a bit of a younger audience, but very interesting. But I really wish he would write something like The Risen Empire again. That is an awesome book.
 

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I read the whole series before I read The Hunger Games, and I really enjoyed it.  Yes, it's YA (and I'm definitely not!), but I think still enjoyable for any age.  Well, as long as you enjoy YA in some form.  I highly recommend.
 

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Masha du Toit said:
I enjoyed Leviathan, (I've only read the first one in that series so far) It's for a bit of a younger audience, but very interesting. But I really wish he would write something like The Risen Empire again. That is an awesome book.
I read the synopsis of Risen Empire and it sounds really interesting! Adding it to the never-ending pile of to-read books ;D
 

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I read Uglies, and after finishing immediately wanted to move on to Pretties. However, I was kind of bored with that one, and I haven't read the other three. I might get back to them sometime, because I am curious what happens in the Uglies universe, even though I'm kind of tired of Talley and friends.
 
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