By Scott Westerfield
This, my friend is a long over due post  about an amazing series by an amazing author.

15-year-old Tally Youngblood. She lives in a futuristic post-apocalypse society where extreme beauty is valued to…well, an extreme; when teenagers reach age 16, they are allowed to have an operation which eradicates every physical imperfection they possess…and, unknowingly to them, places a lesion in their brain that “dumbs” them and takes away their ability to make decisions freely.

This is honestly, one of the most unusual books that I have ever read. It has a good message also – but basically comes down too this; Would you trade your mind and personality for physical perfection?

Being thoughtful, yet not particularly beautiful I would have to consider the question before answering. It’s very easy to just say “I want to keep my brain – duh!” without fully considering it. It is human nature to want to surround yourself with beautiful people – or what people see beautiful people as, which has been stated in a human mind article of which the author of Uglies drew some of his inspiration from. A human typically puts big eyes, long flowed hair, and a good frame as beautiful, fun, and happiness. Advertisements use these kinds of people too – have you ever seen a morbidly obese person as a car model? Or, ever notice how the skinny girls and buff, attractive guys are normally the ones that their peers want to be around or have crushes on? Being beautiful may change the way people act around you, or even the way you act. Confidence is one of they keys to success, and if you’re perfect on the outside…then what reason is there not to be confident?

In a much larger perspective, lets look; everyone in your town, state, country, world is perfectly beautiful. Is there any bashing about looks? Any racism? Any people being left out because they’re not as pretty as the person next to them? Is there any suicides because people don’t like their weight or how they look? No, there is not. So would everyone being perfectly beautiful be a bad thing in exchange for their mind? No, not necessarily. Because since they’re beautiful and don’t have a mind..then that would also mean that there are no arguments, fighting, or chaos in the world.

That was a bit off topic, but it all pertains to this; as, if I was given that option in real life I would weigh my options and choose carefully. Because, although having a world full of perfect people would be amazing and very beneficial, I am a person who treasures their freedom to speech and would not like anyone to tamper in their head. So, what this may come off as is this; I would rather have my own individual ability to think about anything, instead of having perfect people in a world of no bickering. Yes.

Since I’m a writer and a reader, I notice that Scott Westerfield’s is similar to mine. We both seem to have the simile and metaphor bug, which can be bad because it can sometimes distract from the original writing and storyline, but works quite well in his books. The books are written in third person, past tenths – which I do not particularly like to write in, or read most times but in these books, it is perfect. The whole story kind of strikes me as someone elses’ retelling of a story, which it isn’t, but I just love the tone and the mood.

The endings are amazing also; the government in these books are taking away people’s mind and free-will in exchange for world peace. Which is what everyone has always wanted, eh? Well, this just goes to show that people can’t do things without other people..and that eventually, things will come out and turn out badly for everyone (as, the people in these books had no idea that when the ‘operation’ turned them pretty it would also take away their free thought, and put in what the government wants them to think). I would say more..but you should go read the book yourself to find out more ;)

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