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review 2018-02-12 19:29
#11 - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

I’ve read this series when it first came out in 2005 and I totally loved it. It was the first time I read a dystopian novel and I was immediately hooked.

I decided to re-read this series in English this time (cause in 2005 I read it in French, my English was still too basic) without knowing that Scott Westerfeld was actually planning on releasing 4 more books in the world of Uglies (YES, FOUR!). So now I am even more excited about going on with the rest of the series.

 

I’ve had so many feelings getting back into this universe; I think it will be hard to write a honest review. Re-reading a favourite book is something I adored, but when I haven’t read the book in more than 10 years it is even better. So yeah, I enjoyed it.

 

However, I may not have enjoyed it as much as I had ten years ago. I’ve read many other dystopian fictions since (and just books in general) so my criteria are not the same. I found some dialogues a bit too simplistic and some events were not natural: like the relationship between David and Tally really felt unnatural to me (without getting into much details because I don’t want to spoil anyone).

 

The characters were also not that well developed, they were simplistic as well and I would have like more depth about them. Well, they are really young and living in a world controlled by the government so that they don’t have the opportunity to develop their own ideas, I get that, but still, they could have been a little bit more complex in my opinion.

Apart from that, I think the whole idea is just amazing, all the technologies invented by the author are really great and could actually exist; nothing is exaggerated.

 

I am so excited about re—reading the rest of the series, even if I have read it many times before, it’s been a while so I discovered many details I had totally forgotten. And I can’t tell you how much I’m excited about the new books; it may have become my most anticipated release ever.

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text 2018-02-05 15:38
Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 406 pages.
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

I decided to re-read this series which is one of my all time favourites. It actually introduced me to dystopian fiction back in the day. This is the first time I'm reading it in English, I used to read it in French (I can't cout the times I've read this series).

 

So I'm really happy about that. Then imagine my surprise when I see on Instagram that there will be FOUR new books in the world of Uglies. Yeah, you heard me... FOUR! I could not be more excited.

 

You can find all the info on Scott Westerfeld's website if you are interested.

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quote 2017-09-04 21:49
“But you’re . . .”
“Pretty? Think again.”
She smiled. “I’m Tally Youngblood. My mind is very ugly."
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review 2017-05-29 02:08
Goliath
Goliath - Scott Westerfeld,Keith Thompson

One of my goals for this year is to go back and finish out some of the many series that I started and then got distracted before finishing.  I’d read Leviathan  and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld a while ago, so when I landed on  Paradise Pier I thought it might be a good time to go back and finish out the trilogy. 

 

 

As I read, the song Handsome Cabin Boy kept running through my head:

'Tis of a handsome female , As you may understand.

Her mind being bent on rambling unto some foreign land,

She dressed herself in sailor's clothes,  Or so it does appear,

And she hired on with a captain, to serve him for a year….

 

Well the adventures of Miss  Deryn Sharp aka Mr. Dylan Sharp turn out somewhat better than that of the “cabin boy” in the song, but I think you can understand why the story of a young woman disguised as a midshipman brought the song to mind.

 

I still like Scott Westerfeld’s clever re-imagining of World War I as a contest between the Darwinists who use bioengineering and the Clankers who create mechanical creatures and still love how Keith Thompson’s interior art enriches the story. However, I found the third volume in the trilogy less enthralling than the first two, and the ending not satisfying at all.  Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had read the last volume sooner when the series still had a magical glow and I had momentum (the magic of BL says that I read Leviathan  in December 2012 and Behemoth in February 2013, even longer ago than I had thought). 

 

Goliath (543 pages) finished May 27th brings my bank balance to $43

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review 2017-05-26 00:00
Horizon (Horizon, Book 1)
Horizon (Horizon, Book 1) - Scott Westerfeld This seems to be another one of these publisher-promoted franchises where they pay some great authors money to do one entry in the batch. Westerfeld seems to have done the full series outline as well as the first book, which should be a mark in its favour, but whether it's the nature of the beast or some other reason, this and most other entries haven't quite been up to his usual brilliance. It's an entertaining enough middle-grade thriller, just... a bit bland or something. It's great to see talented authors making money, but I wonder if the pressure to get involved in new mediums and team efforts, not to mention publish more and more often, is eroding their quality and creativity? I probably won't make an effort to pick up the next book in the series.
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