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,

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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, 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.

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345527226
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Uglies Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
223,873
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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