Review: “Uglies” |Twilight Zone Meets 1984

By: Cynthia Ayala’ 16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer


This novel follows the foundation of the classic Twilight Zone episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” where everyone is made pretty at a certain age so that everyone is exactly the same, eliminating discrimination and alternative opinions to establish conformity.

Uglies, the first novel in the series by Scott Westerfield, is an amazing story for the young adult genre that develops a futuristic dystopian society that addresses the ideas that true beauty is only skin deep, and it’s the imperfections that make everything beautiful.  Published on February 8, 2005 by Simon Pulse, this novel takes all of that and expands on George Orwell’s 1984 with big brother (Special Circumstances in this book) making sure that everyone is the same and thinks the same. This novel shows that the obsession with beauty, while it may create self-doubts, could lead to a far more disastrous hold on society: brainwashing the youth into thinking that they are not beautiful at all[…]

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