This is a graphic novel set in the Uglies world so straight away there is a huge difference for readers - it is also some time since I read Uglies, so some of the events are a little hazy (to be expected when you read the amount of books I do each year!). Shay's story can be read by itself, you don't need to have read the rest of the Uglies books to understand it, yet at the same time it doesn't contain mind numbing details that will bore someone who has read Uglies to death. The world of Uglies is a fascinating one because it is not quite a fit for the dystopian genre because everything is so "perfect" but it is also not quite a fit for the pure science fiction genre because there is so much real life drama involved.
Uglies is a series that crosses the gender boundaries - being a book that has enough action and adventure to keep the guys interested - and enough real life to keep the girls interested. The graphic novel format makes the story more accessible to readers who struggle to read decent sized novels (being a novel more than 200 pages long), and the short chapters make it easy to pick up and put down if you are doing other things. There is a sequel on the way and hopefully it will open the way for more graphic novels set in this universe as there is a lot of potential for more storylines.
If you like this book then try:
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet, and Svetlana Chmakova
- Witch and Wizard: Operation zero by James Patterson and Dara Naraghi
- Legacy by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, and Kent Dalian
- Maximum ride by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
- Daniel X by James Patterson and MIchael Ledwidge
Reviewed by Brilla