“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.”
Bought “Uglies” and “Pretties” on Saturday for AUD$9.95 each. Finished reading “Uglies” Sunday night.
You know the book’s basic premise from my earlier post about it: which is that a dystopian future has deemed it logical and beneficial that everyone is “pretty” such that a completely egalitarian society can be achieved; and that the system mandates compulsory and extreme plastic surgery at the age of 16.
The themes running through the story:
- environmental destruction
- prejudices based on physical appearances
- good intentions gone wrong
- the suppression of the individual for the good of society
- the promise of material and social comfort in exchange for docile conformity
[tags]Uglies, Scott Westerfield[/tags]