So, I have a confession. I never read the Uglies series. Ever.
I actually know nothing about it. I just knew that it was super popular and that it is a good series. When I confessed this to everyone at Riveted, I heard gasps. The only thing that I knew of this series is that I once got Tally Youngblood in a “Which Fictional Character Are You?” quiz that was 20 minutes long, so now I must know everything about the Uglies series.
Just a few notes for this post:
- As with our previous first reads posts, these are all my notes from my first read through.
- I tried to be as spoiler free and vague as possible just in case you haven’t read it, but some details I just had to talk about.
- Instead of reading the physical novel, I listened to the wonderful audiobook version, so my commentary below was happening in real time while I was listening
I Read Uglies for the First Time and This is What Happened
New Pretty Town
Tally is sneaking into New Pretty Town to see her best friend, and she’s doing so by wearing a pig mask to disguise herself from the Pretties. Wouldn’t that get her more noticed though?
But it is pretty cool that she’s able to pull off this trick.
Shay seems interesting! Something tells me she’s very different from most of the uglies we’ve met. Maybe she doesn’t want to turn pretty?
The Rusty Ruins
Seeing civilization before the Pretty operation became widespread is interesting. Thousands of years have passed at this point, it seems?
Shay knows so much more than what they were taught in school, how did she get this info?
But who is David???
Tally must really love bungee jackets because this is the second time they’re using one. Does she just have any fears?
I’m warming up to Shay now, she does have a lot of good points.
Shay and Tally made up!
But also: THEY’RE GOING TO AVOID GETTING THE OPERATION?
The mysterious David is mentioned again. Who is he!
Also, I’m shocked that it’s revealed that people in this universe don’t know how to write with pen and paper! It makes sense, but still!
Shay’s gone 🙁
It’s the day! Tally is going to get the operation!
But it seems like she might be reconsidering it due to Shay’s influence.
LIFE EXTENSIONS? THAT’S A THING FOR OLD PRETTIES?
This doctor? They seem weird…
Where is Tally going?
Is she being kidnapped into some sort of resistance or something?
Oh no, Shay’s disappearance is causing her to be questioned.
Ugly for Life
I can’t believe it.
The future Tally wanted so bad was snatched from her.
It seems more and more that Tally is seeing Shay’s views. And her parents don’t seem like they want her back home for being ugly?
Tally is going to have to betray her friend!! Oh no!!
This is going to not go well at ALL for Tally. I just have a feeling.
I wonder what Spagbol means
Oh it’s food!
Shay’s clue is a bit confusing. What’s the worst mistake?
The Side You Despise
What is happening?!
What was that machine?!
Is Tally okay?!
Tally doesn’t get a break does she?
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
A NEW PRETTY? OUTSIDE THE CITY?
Rangers? Are they from another city?
I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!
Tally found Shay!! (Even though Tally is betraying her).
The fact that Tally is feeling guilty is making me so sad! She doesn’t want to betray her friend.
The Smoke is hidden by nature, which is pretty ironic
They’ve built they’re own hoverpath!
…Yikes. The way they describe pre-pretties people is pretty harsh.
We finally meet David!
He seems kind of difficult and stand-offish. But Shay really likes him and wants Tally to become friends with him, so…we should trust her judgement here.
I’m watching you, David.
They’re aware of Spies!!
Also, the concept of bartering is introduced.
Spagbol is popular in The Smoke
Shay totally thinks Tally told a loved one about the Smoke and not Special Circumstances…and she’s going along with it for now!! That’s a bad idea!
Tally is feeling stronger in the smoke than she was back in the city!
Also, is David and Tally…starting to like each other?
Also hearing how they use the land around them to survive is cool.
Tally is starting to think about the use of trees and trying to find better uses for the trees and questioning the use of them. That’s cool!
Croy is questioning Tally’s rations from her first day!
Shay is feeling jealous about the relationship with David and Tally. Love triangle?!
Tally is getting nervous about being found out. She’s also feeling like a poisonous weed.
She’s starting to notice more about David
“It felt good to bask in his words”
THIS IS SO ROMANTIC BUT SO TRAGIC!!!!!
The rest of this chapter is causing me to scream
Tally is meeting David’s parents
David and Tally’s relationship is getting serious and I know something bad has to happen due to Tally’s secret and I’m both scared to see what happens but I need to know what happens now.
The truth of the Pretty operation
Oh. My. God.
EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW!
David IS MAKING THIS SO DIFFICULT FOR TALLY!!!
The way he makes her FEEL PRETTY
THE PENDANT TO CONTACT SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IS DESTROYED
SHE CAN BE HAPPY NOW
In Case of Damage
SO THAT’S HOW THEY WERE CALLED TO THE SMOKE!!!
Literally, everything so far is not going Tally’s way. Will she ever get a break?
It seems like she did. Thank goodness for Hoverboards!
Ugh David is just so resourceful and good.
And TALLY JUST KEEPS BUILDING ON THE LIES!!!
Now Tally is back in the city! With David!
It’s kind of cute that she’s being a tour guide for him, though.
The Bungee Jackets come back! Now they’re using them to sneak into Special Circumstances. So cool!
This seems like a bad idea but they also need to save their family and loved ones so, it’s worth it.
Oooh a group of Uglies who believe in The Smoke want to help.
Tally LIES YET AGAIN. But I can’t blame her here too much. It’s for the cause, I guess.
Oh my god they’re going to infiltrate the Special Circumstances building this way.
David uses some neat futuristic glue thing to hold up the door and I wish it kind of existed?
They TAKE DR. CABLE HOSTAGE.
BUT ALSO FIND SHAY AND OH MY GOSH!!!!! NO! THEY MADE HER A PRETTY
Everything is fine now that they’re getting the prisoners but SHAY IS EVERYTHING SHE DIDNT WANT TO BE….
But she finds it a relief. I cannot believe this. Nothing else can happen that will shock me.
Spoke too soon when they find David’s mom and we find out about Az.
WHY IS EVERYTHING BAD HAPPENING!!!
Shay doesn’t want to be back to her old self because the way she feels now is good and she’s finally happy, plus the cure might backfire and kill her.
She has a good point.
But Tally is so desperate to get her friend back. What could she possibly do?
They’d need someone willing to become Pretty to test it on.
TALLY FINALLY CONFESSES EVERYTHING
DAVID ISNT HAPPY AND RUNS OFF
TALLY IS FEELING GUILTY SO SHE MIGHT GO THROUGH WITH THE PRETTY SURGERY TO SAVE HER FRIEND
MY EMOTIONS ARE IN SHAMBLES
Down The River
Tally and Shay go together into the city to face this new mission together.
Tally hopes that she can avoid the lesion somehow by thinking of how much she loves David. WHY IS THIS BOOK SO HEARTBREAKING?
Oof. That final line. It gives me chills.
So, I finished Uglies.
That was THE BEST rollercoaster of emotions I’ve been on.
Now I get why I got Tally in that quiz. I can relate to her in so many ways.
Also: David is actually THE BEST and if there are any teams in this series, I’m 100% Team David.
Nothing better happen to him.
But knowing what I’ve experienced so far: I’m in for a very enjoyable but heart-wrenching ride of a series!