Uglies: Shay's Story (Graphic Novel)

Uglies: Shay's Story (Graphic Novel)

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by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, Steven Cummings
     
 

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“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay
 
Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay,

Overview

“This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.”—Shay
 
Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the cost.
 
A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Shay eagerly awaits her turn to become a Pretty—a rite-of-passage operation called “the Surge” that transforms ordinary Uglies into paragons of beauty. Yet after befriending the Crims, a group of fellow teens who refuse to take anything in society at face value, Shay starts to question the whole concept. And as the Crims explore beyond the monitored borders of Uglyville into the forbidden, ungoverned wild, Shay must choose between the perks of being Pretty and the rewards of being real.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The story of Westerfeld’s bestselling YA dystopia, Uglies, retold from the point of view of recurring frenemy Shay, this original graphic novel is set in a time when we are remembered only as the long-vanished “Rusties,” a future time when discord is suppressed through ruthlessly enforced conformity and obligatory plastic surgery at age 16. Eschewing a future of bland artificial beauty as a Pretty, Shay yearns for freedom. An encounter with the flawed and alluring David, a covert envoy from the Smoke, a secret community of nonconformists, may offer Shay the escape she craves, but despite her best efforts Shay faces unexpected rejection and unwitting sabotage from her closest friends. While Cumming’s mangaesque art is craftsmanlike, it is also limited in its range; the underage Uglies and the older Pretty cohort appear similarly flawless, undermining a vital element of the story. The strength of the tale comes from its change in perspective. Shay is a more interesting protagonist than the rather passive Tally, protagonist of the Uglies novels; unlike Tally, Shay is driven to act by her own desires and goals rather than the desires and goals of others, and the story that results is far more engrossing. (Feb.)
VOYA - Jeanine Fox
Shay lives in a futuristic society where humans are "uglies" until they turn sixteen; then they undergo surgery to become "pretties." Six months away from becoming a pretty, Shay rebels from the constant monitoring. She meets Zane, who introduces her to his gang, the Crims. Her new friends show her how to evade the grid and leave Uglyville. They are introduced to David, who trains uglies in survivalist skills, enabling them to travel to and live in the Smoke, an area where uglies live unscathed. Shay, wrestling with her options after being left behind by David, is befriended by Tally. Plans for Operation Smoke Out ensue. Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies series. Together with manga scripter Grayson, he tells Shay's story in a graphic novel format. With this title, Westerfeld joins the league of young adult authors who are stretching their popular fiction into the realm of graphic novels. This fulfills the desire of readers to have their favorite stories continued and may have the benefit of bridging graphic novel readers over to the original series. Readers unfamiliar with the series may find the story hard to follow at first, but the detailed graphics bring the uglies' dystopian world to life. Samples from the artist's sketchbook are included at the end of the book, allowing the reader to witness the drawing process, as well as collaboration between the author and illustrator. Uglies fans have been treated to sneak peeks via Westerfeld's online blog, where he has kept them apprised of the graphic novel's progress. Reviewer: Jeanine Fox

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345527226
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Uglies Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
271,749
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
GN510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Scott Westerfeld’s novels include Evolution’s Darling, a New York Times Notable Book, as well as the Uglies series, the Leviathan trilogy, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, and more. Scott was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
 
Steven Cummings lives with his family in the magical land known as almost-Tokyo. He has worked for a variety of comic and manga publishers, ranging from Marvel and DC to Tokyopop, on titles including Wolverine: First Class, Elektra, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot, and Pantheon High.  He is also a member of the Canadian art empire known as Udon.
 
Devin Grayson turned a lifelong obsession with fictional characters into a dynamic writing career. Best known for her work on the Batman titles for DC Comics and the celebrated X-Men: Evolution comic for Marvel, she has written in a number of different media and genres, from comic books and novels to videogame scripts and short essays.

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Uglies2: Shay's Story (Graphic Novel) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People, read the normal Uglies novels first. A review: This was everything i had hoped for. But it does seem like Westerfeld is milking the plotline and characters instead of making new stores, but a great book nontheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i am the bigest fan of scott and all of his books, but the Uglies takes the cake for any book/story i have ever picked up and read. So when i hurd that this comic type book of the uglies was to be relised in march i was over joyed and counted down the days. But as much as i did like it i felt as if it was lacking something still, and in truth i guess i was a little disaponted. But none the less if you are a big fan of scotts you will enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for ypung adults. However highly recommen dreadong the actual novels (Uglies by Scott Westerfield is first) befor egetting tthis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have got to buy the 2nd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book had a futuristic fear to it with a twist of romance. Scott Westerfeld described it as if he had lived it. It is one of my favorite books, but the number one question i have is what happens next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book but i cant find the second one....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because the pictures are really good because i like anime books and shows and even School Rumble!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shay did not look at all how I pictured, but overall great art and story. NOTE: READ THE ORIGINAL UGLIES PRETTIES SPECIALS SERIES, you'll understand this story a lot more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book to these graphic novals is called cutters and is soooo bubbly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is perfect i love it and yes its for young adults
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO. NOT. READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the books and i think its awesome that they made a graphic novel for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive never read this book. But i quess ill try it. BTW HI PEOPLE AND THE WHOLE WORLD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think that theres a second book to all of u who say u r looking for it. Just being helpful. PS havent read it so dont pay attention to rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book since I read the whole Uglies quartet. It was fun reading about Shay's point of view. I still like reading novels over looking at pictures though...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love SCHOOL RUMBLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well make that two... 1.how many pages is tgis book??? Well actully only one!!! Thanks alot! Alyson!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go for it already! Stop reading posts its triffic no need to read....just buy then read...what you buy!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I was already a fan of the Uglies series, so when I found out from a friend that her library had the graphic novels, I had to go check mine. I was in luck! This is the first graphic novel I have read as well, and I really did love it. It follows along the same timeline as the Uglies series only from Shay's point of view and what was going on with her instead of Tally. (You still get to see some of Tally though of course!) I liked seeing things from her perspective, and maybe I put too much thought into it, but I truly like how the artist drew Shay as already SO pretty! It really drove home the point of what this government was doing...brainwashing all the kids to think less of themselves, and like Shay even says in the book, to hate themselves. I'm eager to read Cutters, the next in the series as well and see more from Shay's head!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages is in this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ji
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love scott westerfild i read tallys storie and no wi want to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i buy this book
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