Reviews for Shay's Story


Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2
Everyone in Shay's world gets plastic surgery when they turn 16. Before their operation--called "the Surge"--teens are known as Uglies and pass their time by attending school and sometimes playing tricks on Pretties, their older, post-Surge counterparts. Shay meets David, the first teen she has ever known that has not had the Surge, and the mystery and danger deepen as she learns more about him, his way of life, and its relationship to her own community. While the pacing is awkward and the art mediocre, this eagerly awaited graphic novelization of Westerfeld's Uglies series will likely still be popular. Fans of the series will be interested in seeing the story from Shay's point of view, since the novel (Uglies, 2005) that this title is based on was written from the point of view of Tally, Shay's best friend. The endnotes, which include character sketches and notes from Westerfeld, are the most intriguing part of this title. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 March #1

The story of Westerfeld's bestselling YA dystopia, Uglies, retold from the point of view of recurring frenemy Shay, this original graphic novel is set in a time when we are remembered only as the long-vanished "Rusties," a future time when discord is suppressed through ruthlessly enforced conformity and obligatory plastic surgery at age 16. Eschewing a future of bland artificial beauty as a Pretty, Shay yearns for freedom. An encounter with the flawed and alluring David, a covert envoy from the Smoke, a secret community of nonconformists, may offer Shay the escape she craves, but despite her best efforts Shay faces unexpected rejection and unwitting sabotage from her closest friends. While Cumming's mangaesque art is craftsmanlike, it is also limited in its range; the underage Uglies and the older Pretty cohort appear similarly flawless, undermining a vital element of the story. The strength of the tale comes from its change in perspective. Shay is a more interesting protagonist than the rather passive Tally, protagonist of the Uglies novels; unlike Tally, Shay is driven to act by her own desires and goals rather than the desires and goals of others, and the story that results is far more engrossing. (Feb.)

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VOYA Reviews 2012 June
Shay lives in a futuristic society where humans are "uglies" until they turn sixteen; then they undergo surgery to become "pretties." Six months away from becoming a pretty, Shay rebels from the constant monitoring. She meets Zane, who introduces her to his gang, the Crims. Her new friends show her how to evade the grid and leave Uglyville. They are introduced to David, who trains uglies in survivalist skills, enabling them to travel to and live in the Smoke, an area where uglies live unscathed. Shay, wrestling with her options after being left behind by David, is befriended by Tally. Plans for Operation Smoke Out ensue. Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies series. Together with manga scripter Grayson, he tells Shay's story in a graphic novel format. With this title, Westerfeld joins the league of young adult authors who are stretching their popular fiction into the realm of graphic novels. This fulfills the desire of readers to have their favorite stories continued and may have the benefit of bridging graphic novel readers over to the original series. Readers unfamiliar with the series may find the story hard to follow at first, but the detailed graphics bring the uglies' dystopian world to life. Samples from the artist's sketchbook are included at the end of the book, allowing the reader to witness the drawing process, as well as collaboration between the author and illustrator. Uglies fans have been treated to sneak peeks via Westerfeld's online blog, where he has kept them apprised of the graphic novel's progress.--Jeanine Fox Young, Suzanne. A Want So Wicked. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2012. 288p. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-200826-8. 4Q 4P J In A Need So Beautiful (HarperCollins, 2011/VOYA August 2011), though Charlotte chose death, she did not need to fear being Forgotten. The sandy hills that concluded the first book begin the second, as the story shifts from Portland, Oregon, to Thistle, Arizona. Elise Landon, her sister, and pastor father have just arrived to make a fresh start, a few years after her mother's death from cancer. That start proves anything but refreshing for Elise. On her first day working at a restaurant, Elise experiences what Charlotte coined the Need, an ability to understand strangers' pasts and the compulsion to help them. She is chronically troubled by bits of Charlotte's memories and nightmares of the Shadowy Onika. Her waking life is complicated by former love, Harlin, and Shadowy Abe, who changes from ideal boyfriend into dangerous predator. Though not the central theme, the book's treatment of toxic relationships is spot on. Fortunately for Elise (too fortunately, perhaps), she has Madame Marceline, psychic and Seer, to help her unravel her situation, and Charlotte's mentor, Monroe, to help her fulfill her destiny. Though it is easy to see the ending coming, particularly for those who read the first book, there are enough twists to keep the pages turning. Fans of the first and others who enjoy gothic fantasy-suspense will relish this sequel with its archetypal triangle of Forgotten, Shadows, and Seers. Incurable romantics will eagerly await the third installment, hoping love will prevail for Harlin and whatever-her-name-will-be.--Donna L. Phillips 3Q 4P M J Graphic Format Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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