Book Club Meeting

It’s time for May’s Book Club Meeting!!

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Uglies is one of my favorite books of all time and I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did!!

Here are my thoughts on this book:

Uglies is one of those books that you read late into the night.  Sacrificing sleep so you can see what happens to Tally and the smoke.  I was mesmerized with the idea of a future where being pretty is the only thing that mattered.  This was an entirely new concept to me and I loved exploring it.  I fell in love with Tally and David’s young romance.  And cheered for their brave efforts to make change in their culture.

The technology in this book was very intriguing for me {yes I’m a nerd}.  Skintennas that keep you plugged into social media {I would SO not want this…too invasive}  Walls that spit out the latest fashion, solar powered hover boards and lets not forget spagbol.  This lighter side of the book made it so the message didn’t come across as too preachy for me.  I loved this book so much that I when I got to the ending I had to go out and immediately get the next one in the series. I have a love hate relationship with cliff hanger endings but this one was great.  Tally’s world blew up in her face inadvertently and the secret to the pretty operation was revealed. All of this leading to the Tally’s decision to join new pretty town as a pretty herself to see if a potentially dangerous cure worked.  How can you not run out for the next one after that?

A BIG thanks to our Book Club sponsor for May: Gingersnaps!!

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Ginger has such an AMAZING shop and one lucky book clubber will win their choice of anything in her shop!!  How generous!!  If you need gifts or items for yourselves please consider shopping with Ginger Snaps. And be sure to stop by her shop and tell her thanks for supporting Book Club.

So to enter the giveaway, all you have to do is participate in our Book Club meeting.  Leave a comment on this post and tell us:

  • your review of Uglies
  • Answer a discussion question
  • Ask a question you had while reading
  • Answer someone else’s question
  • respond to a review
  • tell me if you are going to continue reading the series or have you already started it

Basically anything related to discussion of Uglies.  It would be great if you were a follower also since this giveaway is for loyal Book Clubbers.

This giveaway will end May 31st at midnight and I will announce the winner with June’s Book Club Selection on June 1st.  There is no limit to the amount of times you can enter as long as you are legitimately commenting about book club.

Discussion Questions by Scott Westerfeld the author himself:

1. Have you ever had a friend like Peris, who abandoned your friendship after they moved away?

2. At first, did you hope Tally would get the operation? When did you change your mind? (Or did you?)

3. Have you ever found yourself trusting someone more or paying more attention to what they said not because they deserved it, but just because of their looks?

4. In what ways did Tally’s trip through the wild prepare her for what she learned in the Smoke?

5. Would you give up your ability to think independently in exchange for being happy, beautiful, perpetually healthy, and rich?

6. How did David see Tally differently than she saw herself?

7. If Shay could have gone back in time and never have met Tally, do you think she would?

8. Other than the pretty operation, what are the main differences between the pretty society and our own? (Are there any ways in which the pretty society is healthier than ours?)

9. To what extent did Tally decide her own fate, and how much did other people decide it for her?

10. The Rusty civilization collapsed because of its dependence on oil. In what ways is your lifestyle dependent on oil and gasoline? How easily would you survive if it all disappeared one day?

 

Looking forward to hearing what you thought!!!

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Comments

  1. cajunlicious says:

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  2. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    this is definitely a book that you ignore everything else to read. And then frantically drive to the library to grab the others in the series. I feel like Tally really grew as a character throughout the series – – she never really wants to be different, it just kind of happens – – but she grows into the role of what she is doing. Great read!

  3. Connie @ Measured by the Heart says:

    @Mandy–I so agree with you. Tally was one of those that had greatness thrust on her and she rose to the ocassion, but she wasn't really looking for it. I wonder if the author did it that way so it could be the readers experience too. We grew to understand the purpose of the smoke along with Tally. What do you think??

  4. Amy @ http://hobbygatherer.blogspot.com/ says:

    I love this book! It is something I probably would have never picked out for myself because it is 'sci-fi' but I am so glad to have read it. The moment I finished the book I headed to the book store to pick up the next one. I am glad that the series is already complete, otherwise I would have loathed this cliffhanger.
    I loved the juxtaposition between our reality and the one in the future society. I think that some of the ideas are very much related, in that there is an idea of beauty that many people try to fit into. It also refers to things like war and environmental sustainability. I can see how maybe society could morph into this by trying to perfect and eliminate what makes society bad. I found the setting believable, which made me really like this book.
    Something I thought about early on when reading this was that I probably would have gone along and had the surgery without asking questions. Because all of society did it I think that it would be something I would have accepted. You know the saying 'would you jump off a cliff if everyone else was doing it?' well in this case if society told me to I think I would. I am all for thinking and acting independently, but in that particular society you are groomed/socialized to be a certain way, and I am not sure I would be able to turn my back on what I believed through my life.

  5. Sodacangirl says:

    I loved this book so much. I can not wait to read the rest of the series. To answer question #8, I relized about half way throught that our society is not far off from Tally's. People are always trying to make themselves better through surgery or whatever. Which I think in turns can change the way you act. I for one have always tried to be different from the crowd. I never wanted to be the so called "Norm". So I guess I would not of had the operation if I had a choice. I just don't know about living in Smoke? I hate camping and I hate bugs.

  6. Connie @ Measured by the Heart says:

    @Amy-I agree with you, before this book if it was scifi I stayed away from it. I think that may be one of the reasons I like it so much because it was scifi without being too much fantasy. And I totally agree on the cliff hanger. I would have hated to wait for the next book to be written!!

    @Soda Can Girl–I'm so glad we got the comments thing figured out. Blogger has been having some major issues lately!! Hopefully more people can post now.

    I have to say relating to both of your comments, I am such a rule follower that I probably would have just gotten in line with everyone else. That was the norm of their society and they hadn't known anything else. So I probably would have been the good little girl and done what she was told. But I do hope if I had greatness thrust upon me like Tally did, that I would have risen to the ocassion.
    Thanks for your great comments!!!

  7. Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun says:

    I really am loving this book so far! I am only half-way through! I am just to the part where she has gotten to the Smokes! I love that the book is futuristic/scifi but still not too over the top! I am refusing to read the comments! :) No spoiling the (I am sure!) best part of the book for me!!

  8. Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun says:

    Okay..decided that I needed some me time! I finished the book this morning!
    Question 2–At the beginning I hoped that she would get the operation. That way she could be w/ her friends and Peris. Really? Who wants to be an outsider? But my thoughts changed after she met David..I had this feeling that they would end up together! Now I just want to spend the rest of the day reading the other 3 or 4 books in the series! :)Seeing that it just left me hanging!! Got to love books that leave you wanting more!

  9. Smallgood says:

    Howdy.
    I first read this book mmm…2 years ago or maybe more and immediately followed it up with Pretties. I haven't read the rest in the series though (I sort of cheated and had my students tell me what was going on in the 3rd book).

    I thought Westerfeld's writing was great. Sci-fi with a female lead can be a hard sell, but from page one he's able to build a world and allow us to make our own parallels to our world. He's got enormous abstract adult sort of worries in a book targeted for teens. Again, a tough situation that he is able to do very well by building the tension in relationships (us vs. them seemed very palpable).

    I had several students who read it and really got into the series, so I know he did an awesome job appealing to teens.

  10. I came over here from Bakow book Club. I'm going to find this book at our library. Looks very interesting. I'll be back for the June pick.

  11. Phyrflie says:

    As I'm leaving this as a last minute deal, I'm not going to go into full review for myself here, but i will come back and post a link to my review from my blog in the next day or two. I did love the book, and can't wait til I can get the next one. I can't wait to find out what happens to Tally when she goes "pretty". I'm going to recommend this to my 13 & 11 yr old when they come for a visit this summer. Might even get them to join in the book club reads for the summer. This was a great pick and can't wait to see what June brings :)

  12. Phyrflie says:

    As promised, I've written a review of it..sort of LOL..on my blog. You can check it out here: http://ourhomeschoolfairytale.blogspot.com/2011/06/book-reviewuglies.html

  13. Jaime @ I'm a Mom not a Professional says:

    I'm so glad I found you book club! it looks like a lot of fun. I tried to read this book a few months ago but had a hard time getting into it. Maybe I'll have to give it another go. I really love June's book, well I really love all of Shannon Hales stuff. Looking forward to future meetings!

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