Shay's Story: Uglies
Scott Westerfeld, Devin Greyson & Steven Cummings
Del Rey, 2012 (2012)
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Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
was the first YA dystopian I ever read (before the whole craze hit), so I was excited to see that he was returning to this world, but this time in graphic novel format.
he title of the graphic novel is
, and that is exactly what it is. Westerfeld, along with co-writer Devin Grayson, tells the story of how Shay came to the Smoke, a rebellious commune which Special Circumstances has been trying to find.
is very fast-paced, with the perfect blend of narration and dialogue. And while Steven Cummings' illustrations have a wonderful manga feel to them, the one criticism I have is that the
look no better than the
. Everyone is cute, which is rather common in manga, but there needs to be more of a delineation in a story set in a world where everyone is given an operation at age sixteen to make them pretty.
hat minor point aside,
is a wonderful tale that fans of the series will want to grab and also a great introduction to the
world for newcomers.
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