Scott Westerfeld is an American, visit web married to Justine Larbalestier, pills who is Australian, and they split their time between the two countries (and a few others). Uglies is certainly not his first book, but it appears to be the most popular (or part of the most popular series) at the moment.
Tally Youngblood is just a few short months away from her sixteenth birthday, and in her world, that means she gets to turn from an Ugly into a Pretty. It’s basically an Extreme Makeover, complete with bone reshaping, liposuction, and implants, so you conform to a ‘scientifically determined’ standard of beauty. Everyone gets this makeover, which is good, of course, because that way people can’t get judged on how they look. Her best friend, Peris, has already undergone the transformation, and she misses him. On the way back from sneaking out to see him (in New Pretty Town), Tally meets another Ugly, due to get Prettified the same day she is, named Shay. They become friends, and then Shay tells Tally her big secret: there’s this guy named David, and a town called Smoke, where people escape because they don’t want to get the surgery. Tally, of course, desperately wants the surgery, so when Shay leaves she doesn’t follow. Until the government gets involved. Continue reading Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1), by Scott Westerfeld