Saturday, January 19, 2013

Specials - Scott Westerfeld

Currently having some of my students study the first book in this series ('Uglies'), I felt a sudden urge to read part three (I had quit after the second tome, 'Pretties').
It is a series of young-adult books in the same vein as 'The Hunger Games'; the high-tech, sci-fi adventures of a reckless teenage girl, involving heavy references to vast philosophical issues (free will, physical appearance, friendship, peer pressure).
I wish I had had access to this sort of book when I was a teen!
It's not great literature, as such (the truth of the matter is, it's not even as good as 'Uglies' and 'Pretties') but it definitely classifies as an OK read, if you don't feel like taxing your brain too much.

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