01. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Uglies: Shay's Story by Scott Westerfeld, 208 pages, read by Courtney, on 08/01/2012

I’m a huge fan of the Uglies series, so when I found out that there would be a graphic adaptation, I was intrigued. Thankfully, this new version is not attempting to rehash the plot of Uglies. Rather, it is fleshing it out by telling Shay’s story (as the title obviously implies). It’s an interesting enough read, but I ultimately didn’t feel that it captured the excitement or urgency of the original. Shay is a great character, but I’m not really feeling like this does her many favors. In other words, this isn’t exactly a revelatory perspective. It is nice to see Shay’s back story and it was fun to see Tally through her eyes. The artwork is vaguely manga-inspired, which honestly makes all the characters look way too pretty (even if they’re still “ugly”).
This is definitely geared towards those who are already familiar with the Uglies story. Much would be lost without the original series’ world-building and character development. I still can’t help but think that this could have been so much better.

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