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UGLIES: SHAY'S STORY (Graphic Novel), by Scott Westerfeld & Devin Grayson, Illustrated by Steven Cummings

UGLIES: SHAY'S STORY (Graphic Novel), by Scott Westerfeld & Devin Grayson, Illustrated by Steven Cummings

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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 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.
“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.

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Publish date: Mar 6, 2012
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akmargie reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I think if the story had been fresher in my mind this would have made more impact. I did like the shift in perspective from Tally to Shay although I think the characters could have been developed a bit more. There's something of an expectation here that you've read the series, which is okay, but I had kinda hoped the GN would have gone a bit further than the novel.
anbarrineau reviewed this
Rated 3/5
It had been awhile since I read the series so it was difficult to jump into this graphic novel. However seeing the world visualized was really great! It made me wish this book series had been made into a movie that much more!
melydia_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
This is the graphic novel of Uglies from Shay's point of view. It's something you probably don't want to read until you've finished the series, but I suppose it technically doesn't spoil the other books. The story itself is fine. They don't dwell too much on the parts you see from Tally's point of view, so it is mostly fresh material. My issue with it was the art. Everyone looks the same. I get that the Uglies aren't supposed to actually be ugly, but they look identical to the Pretties, the Specials, the Smokies, everybody. You don't even get much change pre- and post-surgery for the same characters. I get that it's difficult to include the sort of subtle details described in the book, but it got to the point where the Ugly nicknames didn't even make any sense. I like the idea of a graphic adaptation of Westerfeld's work, but this just didn't work out very well.
mrsbookowl reviewed this
Title of Book: Uglies Shay’s StoryAuthor: Scott Westerfeld Why did you decide to pick up this book and read it?A teacher recommended it and asked whether I would like to read it or not. I was really happy she showed me this because I have read the Uglies, Pretties, and Specials series and I have to admit I was curious about Shay’s story and they have it so that was exciting to see.Did you like the book? Please explain why you liked it or not.Yes I did like this book it was really cool to see what happened in Shay’s point of view versus Tally’s in the book series. Shay is Tally’s best friend. It showed how they got together like how they met and the story of Uglyville. Since it’s a graphic novel it gives you a good idea what this place looks like and the difference between pretties and uglies. Shay questions whether she should be real, herself or on her sixteenth birthday, should she go through this surgery called the surge for short. It also has a tad bit of romance in it which was really cool.Tell me what you thought of the main character(s). Did you like him/her/them? Did you like how they acted/reacted to events in the story?Shay and Tally were the mainish characters. I did like them especially Tally but in the end (WARNING SPOILER ALERT) was confused why she had betrayed Shay and many others in the "smoke" I liked the characters determination for the truth though. It was cool to see it in their view.What part did you like the best and why?My favorite part would have to be when Shay would sneak out on her hoverboard and go to new pretty town to see the pretties and the better living style they got because it was nice to see the comparison between the two "categories”.Tell me anything else about the book and your opinion of it that you want to share!I don’t know I just liked that the author had created something like this because it’s nice to know that he knows what his readers might like and that he creates what he thinks his readers might like. I really liked the fact that it was a graphic novel because it gave really nice pictures to the read and for those who don’t like reading that much it still gives you a great story with not as many words.Would you recommend this book to a friend?Yes even if they haven’t read the series it’s a good place to start if they are interested in reading it, and if they already have read it and are curious about Shay it answers a lot a questions I had in the book series and I’m sure they would like it too.THIS REVIEW WAS GIVEN BY ONE OF MY 7TH GRADE STUDENTS. IT WILL BE RAN ON MY BLOG.
book_girl2010 reviewed this
The art is pretty and the writing is exceptional, I am not into graphic novels much but this one is pretty good! I recommend it to all of those manga lovers out there.
ishanella reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Uglies: Shay’s Story is just that – Shay’s point of view of the events that happened in Uglies. Because it’s a graphic novel and because Uglies is out there in the world, we don’t really see a retelling of what happened in Uglies as much as we see what’s happening to Shay when Tally isn’t with her. For those unfamiliar with the Uglies series, Tally and Shay live in a society where all citizens undergo a surgery to turn pretty at the age of sixteen. When Tally and Shay first met, Tally was excited to be made a Pretty while Shay was less enthusiastic. In Shay's Story we find out more about Shay before Tally and we also find out how she knew about The Smoke and David. Uglies: Shay's Story isn't a prequel, but more a parallel story to Uglies. Since it's in manga form, the story is told quickly through illustrations, and dialogue. Having read the Uglies series, I think that readers who read this will be spoilt for the ending of the Uglies book, However, I see this as a good thing, because enough was omitted to allow the reader enjoyment if they choose to read it after this one.If you're not sure about the Uglies series, Shay's story is a good place to start. I'd also recommend it for manga lovers.
aerrin99 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This graphic novel tells the story of Uglies through Shay's point of view. While interesting, I'm not sure that this was really a book that was needed. It doesn't add a lot to the narrative save for pictures, which are decent but nothing special. Shay was pretty easily understood in Uglies, and the graphic novel doesn't give us a lot of insight into what's going on in her head or why she chose to leave. The end leaves some room for new material in future volumes, though, and if you're a big fan of the series I don't think you'll be particularly disappointed here. For now, I'd call these graphic novels must-haves only for the completionists and tell others not to bother much.
mariah7_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I loves the Uglies series and I have never read a graphic novel before, so I thought I would give this a try. But it left me disappointed. I read it in like 40 mins and If I havent previoulsy read Uglies than I would have no clue what was going on(I guess since its a companion novel then that is to be expected...idk). There was no details and I didnt have any connection with the characters. The illustrations were good, the only thing I didnt like was davids side burns(they were really thick haha). Graphic novels are just not my thing...but this book did remind me of how much I loved the Uglies series. :) Ill just stick with 'real' novels.
krau0098 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a companion novel to the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and tells us the story of Shay. I enjoyed the Uglies series and was eager to learn more about Shay since she is more of a plot device than an actual person in the original series.This book tells the story of what happened as both Shay and Tally approaced their sixteenth year, the year where they get the operation to be Pretty. This shows what Shay’s life was like before she met Tally and why she made the decisions she did.This was a very well done graphic novel done in a very magna-like style, but read in the traditional front to back American way. The illustration throughout is very manga in style and was easy to follow. The style fits the story well and I enjoyed it.The book is split into a number of chapters and tells the story of how Shay got to where she is; this is just the first part of the story and goes right up until it’s time for the Pretty operation.Overall I enjoyed reading this graphic novel; it adds some great background to the Uglies story and really expands it. It also helps you to understand Shay as a character. If you are a fan of the Uglies series I definitely recommend picking this up. Even if you haven’t read the Uglies series this is a well done graphic novel and I would recommend it if you are interested in YA dytopia or science fiction. It’s on the lighter side of the genre but is still a great read.
ziaria_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Great to see the story from another prospective. I artwork was great and did a great job presenting the book. I loved seeing the world I had only imagined until now. Very cool!

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