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review 2018-05-13 10:13
#30 - Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Extras (The Uglies) - Scott Westerfeld

Again, I did not enjoy this as much as I had the first time I read it (something like 10 years ago). Aya is annoying as hell, I mean I can’t blame her given the society she lives is but all she cares about is fame and recognition, and it is really something I hate. Tally is not as present in this book as she is in the other three but she still has an important role. She was also really annoying and I kind of wanted to punch her in the face. Again, given what she has been through, can’t blame her either…

 

The plot was not bad at all but I had issues with the pacing. It also seems kind of childish but maybe because I read it when I was way younger, I don’t know.

 

Anyway, this book was not bad at all, I even strongly recommend this series, but I guess I am disappointed because I thought it was going to be way better and maybe I shouldn’t have re read it.

 

As I already said in my review of the other books of the series, I am very excited about the new books to come!

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review 2018-03-31 18:04
#21 - Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Specials - Scott Westerfeld

Going on with my re-read of this series because it had been a while. I am really happy I continued on with it, but I did not enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it (just like Uglies and Pretties). I think that Tally is really an annoying character and I don’t like her. I know that people have messed with her brain multiple times but still, I don’t understand a lot of her reactions and her decisions are almost always really stupid.

 

The plot was great, a lot happened, I was glad that Tally could meet some old friends and people she knows to settle a few things. I enjoyed seeing a bit of the world outside and getting to know how other cities work. The pace was really fast and there was always something great going on.

 

I like to know that everything is not hopeless, that some people are still fighting to be free. At what cost? According to Tally, it is a really bad idea to let people decide by themselves (and she is not completely wrong). But controlling people by damaging their brains is even more wrong in my opinion. I loved how the author leave a lot of question unanswered; his reader having to figure out some things on their own.

 

BUT, there was way too much of Tally getting annoyed and being angry at people and wanting to kill them. I know she cannot be totally herself anymore about all that happened to her and her brain and she does not know who she is anymore, but I would have liked her to realize that her friends were right and that she should have listened to them.

 

The ending was too fast in my opinion. I had totally forgotten it happened like that and I was disappointed. There is still one book left in this series but I know it’s not about Tally. I can’t remember if she is in it at all, but I will still read it and I am really excited about the new series to come!

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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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