This is a sci-fi trilogy that I’m very tempted to pick up. The ideas espoused in the books are so plausible and errily logical that you are afraid that it may actually happen one day. Stumbled upon the existence of these books via BoingBoing, the trilogy tells the story of:
… a dystopian world where children are raised by the state and subjected to mandatory cosmetic surgery at 16, wherein they are rendered physically “perfect” on the basis that symmetrical, statistically average people with giant eyes are charismatic, convincing, and are afforded advantages by their peers; in the twisted logic of the Westerfeld’s state, imposing this surgery on all creates an egalitarian basis for society.
No one is heeded merely because she is beautiful; no idea is disregarded because it originates with someone who is ugly.
BM, I think you would get a kick out of reading these books too. 🙂