Review: Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld
Author: Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, Steven Cummings
Series: Uglies Graphic Novel #1
Publisher: Del Ray, an imprint of Random House, Inc.
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
“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. (From Goodreads)
I absolutely LOVE the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, so when I heard that there was going to be a manga, I was really excited. I went out and bought the book on its release day, but I didn’t end up reading it until Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. It ended up being a great book, and a perfect one for my first Readathon!
I can’t write a review for a manga/graphic novel without mentioning the artwork, so I have to say that I think Steven Cummings did a spectacular job. Shay was a lot prettier than I had imagined her in my head, although I think she doesn’t look as pretty on the cover as she does on the inside. And David at times looked like a young Christian Bale, which I was totally okay with! And it was wonderful to see the Uglies world come to life. I do kind of wish that the inside had been in color, but maybe that, plus the anime-style drawing, is what makes it a manga? This is my first manga/graphic novel so I really have no idea about the terminology.
A Great Addition to the Series…
I also think Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson did a fantastic job of adapting the Uglies series into a manga, while still creating a fresh, new story from Shay’s point of view. Shay was kind of an annoying character in the original series, but I think this story really depicted why she acted certain ways, or made certain decisions, and that made her a much more likable and complex character. And David really seemed like more of a jerk in this story, so I can totally see why Shay would act the way she does towards him in the original series.
My rating for Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld:
Actually 4.5 stars. The drawings were beautiful, the story was great, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
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