Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I have been aiming to read this book all year and I promised myself I'd have it read by the end of '09 so I made it! Now, I'm thinking why did I wait so long to read a book that is near perfection? Beautiful writing, a superb pace, captivating premise, honest characters, plus a whole lot more of great storytelling. Okay, so the book is perfectly brilliant! I enjoyed it to a magnificent degree. It gripped me from the first line:

"The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit."

I also loved this simple description about a bridge:

"The old bridge stretched massively across the water, it huge iron frame as black as the sky. It had been built so long ago that it held up its own weight, without any support from hoverstruts. A million years from now, when the rest of the city had crumbled, the bridge would probably remain like a fossilized bone."

I did have to take time to mold Westerfeld's world into my brain. So, I can understand why I've heard that a reader couldn't get into this book. It might not be for everyone. I think it would make for a great discussion. For me, I like that part of setting things up in my brain then seeing how it unfolds as the story goes.
Overall, I'm happy to have read this and I'm already reading the next book in the series, Pretties, when I'm supposed to be reading a pile of other books for book groups etc...
Doesn't that say it all?

448 pages, Feb. 2005, 5 stars

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Rebecca Reid said...

yeay! I'm glad you loved it! I meant to read the sequels right away and still haven't made it there...ah, if only there was more time to read all the great books out there!

Amanda said...

Yay! I was so happy to hear you liked the book, Julie. Can't wait to see your thoughts on Pretties, which is my favorite book in the series (despite the annoying pretty-language).

Julie said...

Oh, thanks Rebecca and I understand so much about not having enough time to read all the great books!
I've wanted to read Uglies, Amanda, since you reviewed it at the start of the year. So far, I'm enjoying Pretties so far but you're right about the pretty-language but I understand why it's like that. (At least I totally think I do and that I'm not brain-missing ;)

L said...

The first one was my favorite in this series. He really does have a way doesn't he, likes making a statement. Glad you liked it! Great review!

Julie said...

I did really like this one and it will be interesting to see which I like best after I've read the series. You're right, Lula, he does have a way with his writing.