Uglies (Uglies, #1)Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I very rarely do this, but I am going to review this before I finish the book. I am planning on finishing it, but I don’t see myself continuing with the series. I don’t think there’s anything that could happen in the last 50% to change my mind. Who I am kidding? I’ll never finish this.

I will not be rating this book.

Every once in a while I read a book where I am without a doubt, NOT the target audience. A lot of young adult novels are written for readers of all ages (Harry Potter is a great example of this), but some are written for a very specific demographic that I am not a part of. This is one of those books. This next part may seem a little controversial and I certainly do not want to offend anyone by saying it. I absolutely mean no offense.

This book seems to be written for late elementary to middle school aged children who either struggle with reading or do not like to read.

The story is compelling, but it’s written so incredibly simply that at 27 years old, it’s boring me to death. The language and sentence structure chosen by the author seems to be purposely simplistic. It’s as if he wants to tell this exciting anti-authoritarian story to kids that may not be ready for a book as complex as Divergent or the Hunger Games.

I think that is absolutely wonderful.

I love the idea that a book like this was written that can be used to ease readers into it. People usually cite Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, or Percy Jackson as the books that turned them into readers when they were children. Those series are lovely, but they’re complex. Uglies gives middle readers who may not have had a chance to develop their skills a chance to devour a fun science fiction story similar to the books their peers are reading.

The world building in this book is extremely simplistic. The author doesn’t attempt to make up words for things or people or cities. You’ve got Prettyville, Uglyville, Uglies, Pretties, Middle Pretties (middle age pretty people), Littlies (children). It’s all pretty self-explanatory. There’s not much to remember so far. It’s all very, very simple and easy to remember.

Now that I’ve used the word “simple” so much that it’s lost all meaning… Back to reading this book. I’ll update my review when I’ve finished with any additional thoughts!

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