Monday, January 5, 2009

The Uglies

This book has been around for quite a while, however I was just introduced to it and had the pleasure of reading it over winter break. After finishing the Twilight series I was a bit concerned that it would be a while before I found another series or book that would touch me in quite the same way. My sister is a fifth grade teacher and her students recommended The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Although I must say that it didn't quite hit the same chords as Twilight (which is meant more for older teenagers- if not adults in my opinion- but that is a whole different blog)- it was well written, entertaining and a quick read. The book explores the pressures of today's society and some of our societies foolish thinking and habits. The characters are relatable and engaging. It would make for a great literature circle book for middle school grades. It is the first in a series of three (Pretties, Specials). I will not go into much detail on the review as I am sure many blog readers have already read the book but I wanted to pass along my recommendation just in case you haven't had the chance to read it yet.


Amy @ Literacy Launchpad said...

I am waiting to borrow Twilight from a friend. can you believe I still haven't read it?? I hope it lives up to all the amazing things I have heard about it. I CAN'T WAIT to read it.

I appreciate this book recommendation. I need to find another good read while I wait for Twilight.

Sarah said...

My daughter and I totally enjoyed Twilight. I have been trying to find her another series to get into. I'm going to try this one! Thanks for the recommendation.

Loulabelle said...

I am using this book for a grade 9/10 novel study even though some may think it is younger because it carries many strong themes and interesting characters and ideas. I like that the series explores things from environmental damage to societal norms. The Bogus to Bubbly guidebook is also very interesting as it shows Mr. Westerfeld's research and writing process. :)