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“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 c“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....

Title : Uglies: Shay's Story
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ISBN : 9780345527226
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Uglies: Shay's Story Reviews

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2018-11-03 08:04

    This pains me, it really does. I love the original series, I love the world Westerfeld created and I especially enjoyed the character of Shay who, sadly, was more complex and interesting from Tally's point of view.SIDENOTE: I always pictured Shay black, don't know why but it threw me to see her depicted as white (in fact I picture everyone a lot more....diverse? everyone looked exactly the same I thought that was only supposed to happen AFTER you were made pretty)BIGGEST issue is with the artwork, I understand the manga style that they were going for but Uglies and Pretties and even Specials all look EXACTLY THE SAME!!! (really everyone looks exactly the same) Since outward appearance has an awful lot to do with this book and the entire point of graphic novels are the artwork you'd think it would be a bit more spectacular and a little less BLAaaaI learned nothing new, there was no deeper character developement, what is the point of this book other than $$$? I was pretty excited and was left completely disappointed. This was like watching the crappy made for tv movie version of the book.PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANOTHER ONE!!!!

  • Misty
    2018-11-02 13:59

    Is this necessary? Probably not.Will I read it? Yes.

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2018-11-08 08:51

    This sounds cool. I kind of hated Shay, BUT I'll probably read it anyway. ;)

  • Michelle Madow
    2018-11-04 09:51

    I don't typically read manga book (aka I've never read one in my life), but when I saw this was an addition to Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, I knew I had to give it a try! I love the Uglies books, so any new view I'm given into the awesome world Scott created is something I love to see.When I first started reading it was tough to adjust to the change of medium (getting lots of the story through pictures instead of words). However, after a few chapters in I stopped thinking about how different it was from reading a text book and was able to be completely immersed in the story. I loved seeing the pictures -- one of the things I was fascinated with in the Uglies series is all the technology Scott created. It was super cool being able to see drawings of everything - the ping rings, hoverboards, crash bracelets, spagbol packets, etc. The whole story came to life on a whole new level through the illustrations. The only issue I had was that it was difficult to see the differences between the Uglies, Pretties, and Specials -- they looked pretty similar, except minor details. When reading the series, I imagined the differences to be much more vast then they were in the illustrations in Shay's Story. This book drastically changed my perception of Shay. It's been a long time since I read Uglies (six years I think!) but I remember thinking that Shay was overly jealous and easily angered. When reading from Tally's point of view, I sympathized with Tally, not Shay. But getting to see the story from Shay's point of view totally changed my opinion of her! I understand now why she was so upset about Tally and David's relationship, and fully sympathize with her feelings. It makes sense why she was upset, and feeling like things weren't working out fairly for her.This book is a MUST READ for fans of the Uglies series! If you haven't read the Uglies series, I recommend reading the series before reading this part. Great work, Scott!! Looking forward to the next installment of Shay's Story.

  • Michael (Mai)
    2018-10-19 15:12

    Well…I was pretty excited about this when I first heard about it at a talk held by Scott Westerfeld but it was fairly disappointing. Shay just isn’t the Shay I remember and Tally is barely in it.The art was super cool but other than that I just didn’t like it.Don’t read this if you haven’t read Uglies. You will not know what’s going on. I barely did because it’s been like 3 or 4 years since I read it.I will most likely read the second installment just because I want to see Shay as a Special.

  • Christine (KizzieReads)
    2018-11-05 11:53

    Nice to see Shay's perspective of the first book. The only downside is that it wasn't in color. The graphics would have been so much more enthralling if there was color.

  • Josiah
    2018-11-11 14:04

    Think Uglies, but seen from Shay's perspective and with the action and drama conveyed primarily through images instead of words, and you have Shay's Story, the first graphic novel set in the Uglies universe. Scott Westerfeld teamed with DC Comics guru Devin Grayson and manga artist Steven Cummings to bring Shay and Tally's futuristic odyssey to a new storytelling medium, and the resulting book has many strong moments that make it clear why Scott Westerfeld would want to turn his first mega bestseller into a graphic novel. The wisdom of the Uglies series is on prominent display, ready to infuse newcomers with big ideas and revisit those ideas with longtime fans in new and exciting ways. The issues confronted in the Uglies books are delicate social problems of any era, and Scott Westerfeld brings insightful attention to them here as always.Shay's Story begins before Uglies, Shay and Tally having not yet met. Months before her scheduled surgery to become Pretty, Shay is a rabble-rousing Ugly like all the others, sneaking into New Pretty Town and playing pranks on the empty-headed teen Pretties. When she meets David, he opens her eyes to a new way of viewing the Pretties and the procedure that turns them that way. David is content being Ugly, he confides in Shay, and suggests she should be, too. There's beauty in nonconformity, having physical features and personality traits that stand out from the crowd. When David leads a group of Uglies to run away and live in the secret wilderness camp known as the Smoke, Shay doesn't go, but wishes she had. Soon she meets Tally, who's gung-ho over her own upcoming surge and completely buys into the ideas of attractiveness planted in their minds since they were littlies. Shay tries to sway her opinionated new friend over time to reject that groupthink, but Tally's mind is made up, and with a heavy heart Shay takes off to join David in the Smoke. This isn't the last she sees of Tally, of course. Tally goes to the Smoke by herself, having followed the riddle Shay left behind to guide her. The other Smokies suspect Tally could be a mole to relay the Smoke's location to Special Circumstances, but Shay is adamant that her friend would take part in no such betrayal. It took Tally a while to be dissuaded from her infatuation with becoming Pretty, Shay concedes, but she was always a sharp thinker. She knew Tally would eventually realize that the way the system works is flawed, and surgery was the last thing she needed to make herself attractive. David and the other Smokies warm up to Tally over the coming weeks, but Shay has second thoughts about bringing Tally into the fold. Shay has had feelings for David since meeting him, and these days he's spending a lot more time with Tally then her, sending signals that he's interested in Tally to an extent he's never been in Shay. Tension rises between Shay and Tally, one thing leads to another, and the Smoke's existence is brought into major peril. Shay's Story ends in the same place as Uglies, with Shay about to forcibly undergo the Pretty-making procedure under Dr. Cable's orders, leaving us wondering what's next for her and the plucky rebels of the Smoke. The narrative is similar to Uglies, only far less emotionally wrought. The reason I'd round my two-and-a-half-star rating of Shay's Story up to three, however, is the hallmark wisdom of Scott Westerfeld's writing. Most of it is in examination of the Uglies social order that sees littlies grow into Uglies at age twelve, then have the procedure to become Pretty at age sixteen and supposedly live happily ever after in the city. Shay first questions the system after playing a trick on the New Pretties at a huge party, a trick they barely notice because they're so self-satisfied. "They all looked so identical. Like they were never littlies or Uglies at all...Like they were nano-factured all at once, just like their clothes." Uglies long to become Pretty because the lesson that they're naturally unattractive has been drilled into their heads for years, but what good is a comely exterior if it means sacrificing your individuality? Are Pretties bubbly because they're truly happy, or because their ability to critically think has been deactivated so they can't remember what they used to want? With David's guidance, Shay concludes that the Prettying procedure doesn't live up to the hype. "There's more than one way to become pretty", she says to herself. "You can have the operation, of course, like you're supposed to. Let them grind and shape your bones into the right shapes...smile with your new plastic cheekbones and blinding white teeth, secure in the knowledge that you look pretty much just like everyone else...just like the Pretty Committee thinks you should. Or...you can live an interesting life. You can learn about things that excite you until your eyes are full of light and your smile shines with confidence...fall off your hoverboard and get back on and fall off again, until your skin is covered with scratches and bruises that remind you of everything you've learned...You can make friends who like all the things that make you yourself, instead of all the things that make you just like them...Real friends. With real faces...Call us Uglies if you want...But the truth is, we're just real. And I don't think I could stand being anything less. I don't want the surge. I don't want the doctors to take me apart and put me back together. I want to make myself." That magnificent epiphany for Shay is the turning point in Tally's story as well as her own, the beginning of the revolution against Special Circumstances and their concealed totalitarianism.Shay has intense debates with Tally about the social system. "We're not freaks, Tally. We're normal." "We're not, Shay. We're Ugly. And you can't change it just by wishing, or by telling yourself that you're pretty." "But it's a trick, Tally. You've only seen Pretty faces your whole life...But you weren't born expecting that kind of beauty in everyone, all the time. You just got programmed into thinking that anything else is ugly." Tally buys into the common belief that becoming Pretty is the dividing line between youth and adulthood, that life's greatest rewards are on the opposite side of that line and there's nothing left for her this side of Pretty, but Shay isn't convinced by Special Circumstances' vision of adulthood superiority. "What does growing up mean, anyway?" she asks herself later, when she's alone. "Everyone around here thinks it means getting the surgery. But that's just letting the city make decisions for you. Shouldn't growing up have something to do with making your own decisions? Or, maybe, more important...taking responsibility for your decisions? I've decided that I'm not getting the surgery...and that I'm going to take responsibility for that decision right now." Society will try to convince you that "growing up" means pruning your life into a shape that conventional decorum approves, but crowdsourcing the biggest decisions about who you are becoming is the opposite of growth. Only you know the person you are developing into, and you shouldn't be shamed for it. Proper growth requires all the room you may need to spread your limbs to their fullest extent, and that can't happen as long as others hem your natural development. As Shay realized, you have to be yourself or there's no point to your life. "We don't have to look like everyone else, Tally, and act like everyone else. We've got a choice. We can grow up any way we want...It's about becoming what I want to become, not what some surgical committee thinks I should." May we, too, have the courage to resist heavy pressure by peers and authority figures to abandon our real selves. There's a big, Ugly world out there inviting you to participate in it as exactly the person you are, and you don't have to be homogeneous inside or out in order to be liked.Quality of thought is the strong suit of Shay's Story, but the book pales a bit in comparison to Uglies, which presented the narrative with greater detail and emotional resonance, as well as philosophical richness that's equal to what's available here. It's good to get Shay's backstory, though, and I never complain when Scott Westerfeld returns to the Uglies universe. He's a master storyteller and this is his signature series, and I'm grateful for what these books taught me. Au revoir, Scott Westerfeld, until the next Uglies graphic novel.

  • Charlotte Jones
    2018-10-23 13:57

    I picked this up at the library and it is a graphic novel version of side-character Shay’s story of what happened during Uglies, the first book in the Uglies series. I read the first two and a half books in that series and to be honest I wasn’t a huge fan but I really enjoyed the first book so wanted to revisit that from a different perspective.On the whole the artwork was quite typical of manga and was drawn in a traditional Japanese style. I did like that some additional sketchbook pages were included at the end of the book with notes on why certain things were changed with regards to the look of the characters.Although I liked this graphic novel version of the book, it was a very quick read and didn’t really add anything to Shay’s side of the story that you don’t already find out in the novels.Overall this was a quick read and if you really like the Uglies series, I would recommend it but it was nothing special to me and I’m still not a huge fan of the series.

  • William Stanger
    2018-11-03 16:17

    This was a pretty decent graphic novel, based on one of the character's view of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. I haven't read Uglies, but this graphic novel has piqued my interest enough that I may check it out next year.This particular book tell's the beginning of Shy's story, in a world where at 16 people are transformed, by surgery, from their natural 'ugly' form into what has become the accepted 'pretty' form. Shay discovers that there are some people who have rebelled against the system and gone into hiding preferring the natural 'ugly' form. She is torn between joining them or accepting being turned into a 'pretty'. I enjoyed the story and the artwork of this one, but it is only part one, so I'll need to look for the next part, as I'd like to find out what happened to Shay. I can't comment on how this fits in with the book series, as I haven't read it yet, but I'd like to remedy that soon.

  • Cassy
    2018-10-28 15:01

    What can I say? It's Westerfeld, and we all know that I have a soft spot for him. However, I feel like this was kind of just a filler for him. Something to hold us fans over until he comes out with his next books, whatever they may be.Now, don't get me wrong, there were parts I really enjoyed. I liked seeing how Shay met the Crims. I think it's interesting to know how she got into that group. And also how she met David and got along with him. I like that while she DID like David in the beginning, she also had a real desire to leave the city. Shay WANTED to go into the wild. And even after she stayed, you saw that she wanted to leave, that her whole way of thinking had changed.I also like that we got to see the reason that Shay and Zane stayed. It wasn't because they were scared, or at least, not scared of the wild, but scared of the circumstances surrounding them. Zane got a visit from Special Circumstances, or so we're lead to believe, while Shay was told by David himself that she wasn't ready for the Wild, that she shouldn't go. Pride was what kept her from going.I like that Westerefeld showed us a relationship between David and Shay. They kissed. It was there, something had actually happened. When Shay gets mad at Tally, it isn't completely unjustified. And a lot of it had to do with Shay backing her up. And it's interesting because you realized that Shay got the short end of the stick the whole time. Shay helped Tally get there, which caused a rift between David and her. It was Tally's arrival that caused their problems. And then Tally stole him from her, Tally led Special Circumstances there and when Shay tries to warn everyone, everyone takes Tally's side. It's hard not to sympathize with Shay.However, there was a lot of NOT new stuff in the novel. There was a lot of covering of Tally and Shay's relationship and their time in the Wild and even the experiances that you kind of expected. You knew a lot of the things about Shay because she had told Tally about it, this just fleshed out the details.It also was kind of paced weird. It felt like it was too fast, covering all of Uglies in such a short amount of time. Also, I kept kind of getting thrown out of the book because I kept forgetting we were following Shay. So I expecting to see Tally's escape scene from the Wild and Special Circumstances (which, personally, I would have love to have seen) but we don't because Shay wasn't there for that. And as a reader you're kind of like, "Oh... yeah." There were a lot of moments that I was expecting to see something, didn't and then remembered it was because Shay never saw that. It was a bit jarring.Overall, it was fun to read, easy, but not up to what I expect from Westerfeld. Really, all it is, is another companion book to the Uglies series.

  • Kay
    2018-11-06 13:18

    I read the Uglies series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. With the Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite YA series and one against which I measure all the new dystopian YA series. So of course I wouldn’t pass on a illustrated version of the series, and when I saw it at the store last week, I immediately grabbed it. I am so glad that I can say that I really enjoyed it.First, I really liked the illustrations. I don’t read that many mangas and graphic novels, but when I do I love the style to be clean and clear. The characters really came alive and I loved how the scenes on the boards felt full of action. I could sense the movement and the danger, and it was exciting to see that what I had imagined from my reading of the story mostly matched what I saw in these illustrations.The story itself was fun, though very predictable if you have read the books. There seem to be two trends right now for book series; new short stories to keep readers interested in between books’ publication, and direct adaptations of the books into graphic novels/mangas. Interestingly, Shay’s Story is a little of both; the story is almost the same as the one in Uglies, but from another character’s point of view. This mix of familiar and new worked really well for me, helping me remember the series while giving me the chance to discover Shay.I have always loved Shay as a character. In the books, I always found her a bit mysterious. It was often difficult to understand her true motivations, desires and goals. While her complexity wasn’t as obvious here, I liked that we got to see how it all started for her. Seeing Tally, David and Zane was also really nice. I found it interesting how, seeing the story from another point of view, it was Tally now who became a little mysterious, intriguing.This visual adaptation of Uglies does have a flaw, and in my opinion it’s a big one. While I loved the illustrator’s style, I felt there wasn’t enough difference in appearance between the Uglies, Pretties and Specials. I do remember that the Uglies are not necessarily ugly but normal, ordinary. For the purpose of a graphic novel though, I feel the contrast should have been bigger. It seemed that all the Pretties had different was a better hairstylist and a touch of makeup, and the Specials didn’t look that special either. This was a tiny bit disappointing.Still I really appreciated reading it, and it made me want to reread the complete series. I am really happy to know there will be two more volumes following Shay’s Story, and I can’t wait to put my hands on them!

  • Marisha
    2018-10-31 10:16

    This supplementary graphic novel of Scott Westerfeld’s marvelous YA book Uglies is frankly abominable. It details the story of Shay, one of the main characters in Uglies who the reader does not get to see for a far portion of the first novel. This would be an exciting opportunity to discover new facets of her character or develop the story more fully from her perspective, but all the book does is rehash the plot of the original. There is so little added content in this version that it might as well have been labeled an adaptation of the story. Even that would not be all that bad, except that it is completely unintelligible to anyone who has not read the book first. In the interest of full disclosure, I read Uglies about eight years ago. I enjoyed it greatly; however, I have not read it since then. I know the basic plot and a few characters, but cannot remember much more. As a result, I had no idea what was happening. The story outlines the world and the lore, but doesn’t show enough for the reader to actually understand what the characters are talking about. The art, while quite well done and clear, leaves a great deal to be desired. The style is wonderful for the book, with bold lines and just enough detail to be immersive without losing the foreground in the detail of the background. The characters are all easily distinguishable, and fit the characters personalities well. But one of the main premises of the book’s universe is that there are the “Uglies”, the children who get plastic surgery when they turn sixteen so that they are “Pretties” who are aesthetically perfect. However, the Uglies look much prettier than the average person in real life, and the Pretties are barely distinguishable from their younger counterparts. There are also “Specials”, a weaponized version of Pretties who are supposed to look predatorial and terrifying. However, the specials pictured look just muscular and vaguely more angular than the rest of the characters. All in all, not worth the time or effort unless you're a diehard fan. Even then, don't buy it. Just get it from the library.

  • Jon
    2018-11-06 11:00

    Find this at Scott Reads ItImagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay. I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I find Shay more interesting than Tally. Shay's view of the "Surge" and the world was very thought provoking. Shay believed that a surgery couldn't make anyone beautiful and that natural beauty is real beauty. Shay faces a choice should she become pretty or should she flee society?I really love the theme of this series, that beauty is natural. Scott Westerfield believes that cosmetics don't make a person beautiful and I believe that's very important. So many people starve themselves, and do horrible things to make themselves feel beautiful. People need to realize that internal beauty is true beauty. Beauty isn't everything and it isn't the key to happiness. This graphic novel has really made me want to pick up Pretties and Levithan even more. If you enjoyed Uglies then you must read this to see Shay in a way you never saw her before. The art is fantastic, this fast paced story is engaging, what more could you want?Must Read!

  • Katie
    2018-10-24 12:17

    The Uglies series was one of the first YA series I read and I loved every bit of it. I don't normally read graphic novels but I made an exception for this one and I am so glad I did. Shay's Story is awesome! You don't want to miss out on Shay's backstory.Shay is a very important character in Uglies but her story is never told. It's never made known why she went to the Smoke, what she was like as an ugly, or what guy she had a crush on. All those questions are answered in Shay's Story and boy are they some shockers. It turns out Shay played a bigger role than anyone thought.The story itself was great. A lot of the secrets were revealed and Shay turned out to be a cooler person than she was made out to be in Uglies. Her history with Tally was explained as well as her history with some other well known characters in the series. Fans of the original series will be shocked by some of the secrets revealed in this book.The illustrations really were awesome. It was nice to finally put faces to some of the Uglies characters. The story is short and contains very few words but the story really is told through the illustrations. The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" definitely applies in this case. Overall, Shay's Story is a must-read for fans of the Uglies series. Give this one a shot even if you aren't a fan of graphic novels. It's worth it!

  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    2018-11-06 12:15

    This graphic novel follows Shay's story before she met Tally, after she met her, and to when Dr. Cable made her into a Special. Shay's always been an interesting character to me. She was so much cooler than Tally, who I kind of despised in the last two books. I liked how it showed more of Shay's life, and even Zane's life before he became Pretty. I was upset at first that Zane had blond hair, but when he turned Pretty, it became black like it was described in the book. I really hated David in this book. He was mean, rude, obnoxious, and led Shay on when he didn't even like her. Ugh. I still love Zane. (view spoiler)[I STILL can't believe Scott Westerfeld killed him off. I am thoroughly pissed off over that. (hide spoiler)]The artwork was horrendous, to say the least. It actually wasn't that bad when it comes to American manga...but it's still American manga. Heh, I guess I'm just so used to Japanese manga, and reading a manga backwards that reading this was a little weird. If you're a fan of the Uglies series, then this is a decent read.

  • Myndi
    2018-10-22 15:13

    I was already a fan of the Uglies series, so when I found out from a friend that her library had the graphic novels, I had to go check mine. I was in luck! This is the first graphic novel I have read as well, and I really did love it. It follows along the same timeline as the Uglies series only from Shay's point of view and what was going on with her instead of Tally. (You still get to see some of Tally though of course!) I liked seeing things from her perspective, and maybe I put too much thought into it, but I truly like how the artist drew Shay as already SO pretty! It really drove home the point of what this government was doing...brainwashing all the kids to think less of themselves, and like Shay even says in the book, to hate themselves. I'm eager to read Cutters, the next in the series as well and see more from Shay's head!

  • Mandi
    2018-10-26 16:00

    When I started reading it, I kept thinking 'why isn't the exactly like the book?' Then it finally hit me, this is Shay's point of view. I completely forget Shay wasn't the main character, Tally was. It's been a while since I've read 'Uglies'. But, for this to be a retelling of the story from Shay's view, it was really good. You actually get to see how she became a Crim, went to the Ruins and met David. You also see a little of the Smoke before Tally got there. Honestly though, I was looking forward to more of the Smoke. But, it seemed like most of it was about her being in the city and learning to survive on her trips to the ruins. The Smoke seemed to go by quickly, which it shouldn't. Overall, I enjoyed it and really want to see another graphic novel of Scott Westerfeld's stories.

  • Desiree May
    2018-11-11 11:14

    This book, “Uglies: Shay's Story” by Scott Westerfeld, was very basic book, but a basic book. All the uglies, pretties, and specials looked EXACTLY the same! Seriously what’s was the point of the whole process of becoming a pretty if they looked so similar! Honestly, if I could go back in time I would have never read this book. The only thing that stood out was the graphic, and the main character was completely selfish and childish. Forcing her best friend into something she didn’t want, and ruining everyone’s experience simply because she ‘wanted’ things to go a certain way. In conclusion, this book is a 4 out of 10.

  • Kevin Fanning
    2018-10-16 13:17

    Gave up after 6 chapters. On the very first page, I was like "I shouldn't read this." Because actually seeing the Uglies characters kind of sours the fun of imagining how "ugly" (read: normal-looking) the Uglies are. (God help me if they ever make a movie version.) But, even worse, this book suffers from Graphic Novel Character Art Syndrome, where the characters all kind of look the same and it's hard to tell them apart. So the fact that the Pretties were pretty indistinguishable from the Uglies (and they all, including the Uglies, look uniformly gorgeous) was egregiously ruinous for me. No puedo mas.

  • Josephine Florendo
    2018-11-02 08:54

    This is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I always saw graphic novels as glorified comic books. I only read this graphic novel because it has to do with the UGLIES series which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also enjoyed this graphic novel. I used to dislike/hate Shay's character, but after seeing the first book in the series from her perspective, I understood why she was like that. Now, I actually like Shay almost as much as I do Tally Youngblood. I will definitely read the 2nd graphic novel in this series. I hope Westerfeld hurries up with the 3rd!

  • Emma Lauren
    2018-11-12 08:17

    Uglies: Shay's Story by Scott Westerfeld was... disappointing. The original story was so well written, so I was expecting the same of this, and unfortunately, I was left with a total change of what was one of my favorite characters. while it was nice to read a new perspective, I was happier with just the original story. What gives this a three, was the really well done art.

  • Meera salah
    2018-10-29 09:57

    reading this was a mistake since my imagination did more justice to the story than these artworks offered by this bland graphic novel. The characters sounded dull-minded even before they turned and the "groups" didn't look different I guess that is the problem with graphic novels. The artworks were nice though.

  • Warren Clark
    2018-10-23 13:17

    Even though I don't *love* graphic novels, I really love reading a book and then, if there is one, reading the graphic novel. I like seeing what other people thought the characters look like, though sometimes, because their version is so different from mine, I yell at the book... ;)

  • Kassie
    2018-11-08 14:15

    I really wish I'd been able to find the colored version of this graphic novel at my library but I was still very good!!Still forever wishing the the tally/shay ship was canon.

  • Athena
    2018-10-22 09:06

    I like the graphic novel(this book)was based on Shey point of view and the uglies book was based on Tally's point of view.

  • Penny Raspenny
    2018-11-06 14:52

    I so love this series.Uglies trilogy is from my all-time favorites. I'm with Tally and Shay all the way and it is really good that we finally get to see Shay's POV.

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-11-10 15:18

    *3.5* This was a nice refresher to the series since it's been a long time since read it, but something about it was just lacking.... And David looked really freaking weird.

  • Jodi Cox
    2018-11-02 12:01

    I love Scott Westerfeld's work, and anything related to the Uglies. This graphic novel is beautifully drawn. In Westerfeld's dystopian story everyone goes under the knife before leaving high school. After they come back from plastic surgery everyone is changed mentally. Shay was only a minor character in his original story series so this is a spinoff. I do think you need to read the Uglies first before picking up the spinoff graphic novel, because this won't make complete sense if you don't have the full story go with it.

  • Bex
    2018-10-18 16:15

    This focuses on Shay and how she gets involved with the Smoke. As someone who loved Uglies years ago this was a surprise. It works as a surface level story but the mor you remember of Uglies the more you can get out of this. The art is wonderful, especially the change from Ugly to Pretty and how it is depicted in body language. The Ruins are amazingly depicted but I can't help but feel thi would have worked better as a short story than a graphic edition.I wonder how many gave up when half made references were not followed up?

  • Dayna
    2018-10-14 09:03

    There is nothing particularly extraordinary about this book, but it did take me back to the world that I grew up loving so much. It has been almost a decade since the first time I picked up Uglies but it still remains one of my all-time favourites. It was awesome to read this book not only from the POV of Shay, but as a graphic novelization - since an on-screen adaptation was never made (my fingers have been crossed since 2011).