MINI-REVIEWS: The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

086.-088. Uglies, Pretties and Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Publication: Simon Pulse, Paperback(s), 1167pp total / ISBN 1442419814, 1442419806, 1442419792
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Read: May 17-19, 2012 (rereads)
Source: Bought

Unfortunately, these aren’t as good as I remember them. They’re still enjoyable to read (otherwise I wouldn’t have read them!), but I think that Scott Westerfeld’s writing has gotten so much better since this series came out that remembering the better books is keeping me from liking these ones as much as I used to.

Right now all I can think of is how annoying it is that each book basically has the same plot: Tally has brain issues, Tally meets someone new/goes outside of the city and cures her brain issues, Tally betrays someone and gets brains issues again. And that ending in Specials! Ugh. Seriously? She’s Captain Planet now. With tattoos.

Also I really want to know what toilet paper is made of in the future if no-one is cutting down trees.

Rating: 3 birds for all of them

089. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Publication: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009), Paperback, 417pp / ISBN 1416971211
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Read: May 19, 2012
Source: Bought

This one was a breath of fresh air (sort of). I LOVED that it was an outside viewpoint of Tally/her city/etc. I liked that it wasn’t in the US! I really liked that it wasn’t another braindead-revelation-braindead plot. And I liked that the characters were so adorable.

However, it felt like an almost completely different book from the first three. The writing was different (better), the entire feel of the book was different, and when Tally showed up it was almost like someone dragged an old stuffed moose out of the basement to entertain some party guests. Know what I mean? It didn’t feel like a direct continuation of the Uglies series; it felt more like something tacked on. Which I guess it was, in a way.

I mean, I enjoyed reading it. I’d like to read more books like that! But it didn’t feel like an Uglies book to me, and I think that’s kind of a bad thing if it’s supposed to be Uglies #4.

Rating: 3.5 birds

Sidenote: I really don’t like the new covers. I mean, the old ones were kind of bad, but the white cover + color image thing is being done to death now. It’s like the sci-fi version of what happened with paranormal YA books after Twilight became popular, with all the dark covers + bright color item stuff. Eh.

2 thoughts on “MINI-REVIEWS: The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld”

  1. I admit I don’t like these covers much either. I haven’t read any of the Uglies books, but I have the first one waiting on my shelf as so many people seem to love them. I’m sorry to hear they weren’t as great as you remember.

    1. Me too, but like I said: I think I’ve been spoiled by SW’s later books. His writing has definitely improved since he first published these!

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