Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Shay's Story

52%

14 Critic Reviews

While Cumming’s mangaesque art is craftsmanlike, it is also limited in its range; the underage Uglies and the older Pretty cohort appear similarly flawless, undermining a vital element of the story. 
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay
 
Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the cost.
 
A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Shay eagerly awaits her turn to become a Pretty—a rite-of-passage operation called “the Surge” that transforms ordinary Uglies into paragons of beauty. Yet after befriending the Crims, a group of fellow teens who refuse to take anything in society at face value, Shay starts to question the whole concept. And as the Crims explore beyond the monitored borders of Uglyville into the forbidden, ungoverned wild, Shay must choose between the perks of being Pretty and the rewards of being real.
 

About Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Del Rey. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Uglies
All: 14 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 7

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 13 2016

Shay is a more interesting protagonist than the rather passive Tally, protagonist of the Uglies novels; unlike Tally, Shay is driven to act by her own desires and goals rather than the desires and goals of others, and the story that results is far more engrossing.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Mar 05 2012

While Cumming’s mangaesque art is craftsmanlike, it is also limited in its range; the underage Uglies and the older Pretty cohort appear similarly flawless, undermining a vital element of the story. 

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Mar 09 2012

In so doing, Westerfeld and co illuminate more of the Uglies world -- and bring to it a set of visuals that flesh out and enhance the original novels.

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SFRevu

Excellent
Reviewed by Gayle Surrette

The art work is beautifully done and adds to the characterization of these young people.

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Book Loons

Below average
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

 And while Steven Cummings' illustrations have a wonderful manga feel to them, the one criticism I have is that the pretties look no better than the uglies. 

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Birth of a New Witch

Below average
Reviewed by Usagi on Mar 20 2012

The art was good – I loved the character designs for the girls and for the hoverboards, but I wasn’t so wild about the design for the guys, though, in general.

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Katie's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Feb 27 2012

Overall, Shay's Story is a must-read for fans of the Uglies series.

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Random Acts of Reviewing

Good
Reviewed by Brilla on Apr 05 2012

 The graphic novel format makes the story more accessible to readers who struggle to read decent sized novels (being a novel more than 200 pages long), and the short chapters make it easy to pick up and put down if you are doing other things.

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I Reads You

Good
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux on Feb 23 2012

Uglies: Shay’s Story is a pop concept tailor-made for Hollywood, but the narrative plays out as a coming-of-age story that wants to be more complicated than the latest hot thing.

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Bildungsroman

Good
Reviewed by Bildungsroman on Feb 19 2012

I flew through this graphic novel just as quickly as I flew through the original books. 

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Comics Worth Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Johanna on Feb 14 2012

When Tally, the protagonist of the novels, shows up, the story assumes we know some things a new reader won’t.

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Taylor Ramage Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Taylor Ramage on Mar 17 2012

Also, the artwork is awesome for the most part, but there are some facial expressions that look really awkward and David’s ridiculous hair style is just terrible.

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Comics Girl

Below average
Reviewed by Comicsgirl on Mar 13 2012

The conflict between her and Tally also feels rushed toward the end, almost as if the page count was quickly approaching and the story needed to be wrapped up.

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Rocket Punch

Below average
Reviewed by John Earickson (Rocket Punch)

It has all the earmarks of a writer trying to cram a complete young adult novel into 200 comic pages, which of course never works.

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