“Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.” (Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld)
I’m finally getting around to writing some of those short posts of only-OK books I keep talking about. Uglies doesn’t get a full, two-paragraph post for the simple reason that I do not feel compelled to convince anyone to read it. Yet, I also don’t feel as though I must get up on my soap-box and warn everyone to stay way. Mostly, I feel ambivalent. It is simply a fast-paced action novel set in a dystopian future, starring young adults with lots of hormones and moral dilemmas. Despite the hype, I didn’t see anything interesting happening here. If you’ve never read a YA dystopian before, or do not even know what the genre is, you could read this without damaging your reading mind, but there are definitely better out there.
Buy – Borrow – TBR – Avoid
Ending: Predictable early on
Further Reading: The Giver is an excellent example of a YA dystopian. A more recent one is Pure by Julianna Baggot or the Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher. All of these are more complex, literary, and have much better character development then The Uglies.