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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies #1

Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait for the operation that turns everyone from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to party. But new friend Shay would rather hoverboard to "the Smoke" and be free. Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The "Special Circumstances" authority Dr Cable offers Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

I really enjoyed Uglies. It's very well written and captivating and Tally's inner turmoil and frustrations are very relate-able.

I love how distinctly different the uglies and pretties are portrayed. It's such a different setup from the usual dystopian plots. The Barbie dolls on the cover of this version is so spot on. Uglies - regular looking, ordinary people - believe they look ugly, because the Pretties - 16 year old changed into "perfection" using plastic surgery, who party day and night) outshine them totally, before ageing enough to become Middle Pretties (surgery again, to become slightly more ordinary, but still pretty). Then adding into the mix those from the Smoke - it's interesting stuff, both psychological and philosophical.

The ending was frustrating as it's a pure cliffhanger, there's no ending, no wrap up - just pure: to be continued... The second book is therefore a future must-read; it will be interesting to see if Westfeld can keep up the writing, the universe and the strength of the characters.

Uglies is the first in the Uglies series followed by Pretties (#2), Specials (#3) and Extras (#4).

425 pages / published in 2005
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012


Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan

Age of the Five: Book Three

My review of book 1, Priestess of the White, can be found here
My review of book 2, The Last of the Wilds, can be found here
Unable to avoid being drawn into the terrible conflict, Auraya, now protector of the Siyee, fears she will be unable to meet the conditions of the all-powerful gods she once served. And an offer from a mysterious woman may be impossible for Auraya to refuse, but, if revealed, would brand her an enemy of the gods. Now, the immortal Wilds will not be deterred in their quest for powerful, long-buried secrets. But they have deadly adversaries who also seek the world-shattering truth . . . and it may appear in a form that no one anticipates.

I'm not big on spoilers (both for this book and it's predecessors), so I'll keep this brief.

The series steadily got better towards the end. The first book spent a lot of time building the world and its inhabitants (and of course, the characters) and the second was able to focus more the story itself. The third book has a lot of loose ends and questions to deal with and I do think it manages to wrap it all up nicely. I saw most of the twists and turns a mile off, but still appreciated them nonetheless. I really liked the main characters and as usual Canavan is excellent at juggling a large number of character point-of-views. Auraya, Emerahl and Mirrar are 3 very substantial and relate-able characters, and it was also nice to get closer to the Voices and understand the "enemy".  The ending didn't have a wow-effect though, nor was is particularly spectacular, and the epilogue was just plain useless, which leaves the book on a solid 4 stars.

626 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012