The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld has changed the way I think and look at life. Set in the future where when you turn 16 you get the long awaited pretty operation that turns everyone into bubbleheads who all think the same. However, some teens want to keep their minds and faces the same and escape to the Smoke, living on what nature gives them and their wits. These books are full of excitement, adventure and plenty of hoverboard chases that will appeal to everyone.
These books show that it is possible to break free of the mould and think for yourself which is why I love them. Even though Tally (the main character) had the bubblehead operation she managed to stay “bubbly” and keep her mind even though her physical appearance had changed. This book also shows how our actions (in this century) have damaged the environment (in their century) and how the bubblehead operation is the way they control this. These are amazing books full of courage and free thinking, plots and ultimately freedom. It shows one person’s actions and courage can change how the whole world thinks, also that if one person starts thinking for themselves then others will follow. This is why I love these books and they have changed my life.
I know many people want these books banned especially parents. However I don’t see why. Do these people not want to teach these children how to think for themselves and break free of societies expectations? Do these people not want their children to have courage and survival skills to help them throughout life? Do these people not want their children to read a really awesome series that will change their life forever? I really don’t understand why people want these books banned as they are life changing and really, really good.
Read more about The Uglies series here.