Synopses & Reviews
The first installment of Scott Westerfeld's andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling seriesand#8212;a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tallyand#8217;s adventures begin in Uglies, where she learns the truth about what life as a Pretty really means. She rebels against the surgery that will make her a Pretty, but ultimately succumbs. In Pretties, Tally has forgotten all about her Ugly life, and when sheand#8217;s reminded, she has a hard time listening. And what littleand#8217;s left of the old Tally is further compromised in Specials, because Tally has been transformed into a fierce fighting machine. But when sheand#8217;s offered a chance to forever improve civilization, will she be able to overcome her brainwashing? The answer is evident years later in Extras, after the Pretty regime has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. But fame and popularity can be just as dangerous as extreme beautyand#8230;.
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
A fresh repackaging of the bestselling - and now classic - Uglies series
A fresh repackaging of the bestselling Uglies boks...the series that started the whole dystopian trend!
The emotional power of If I Stay meets the survival story of Maze Runner
Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for Kyle to follow. He was the best at everythingvaledictorian, star quarterback etc. Kyle never thought hed be able to live up, so he didnt even try.
But when Connor, 18, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, and Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids whove also died on their eighteenth birthdays, hes suddenly motivatedto save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted experiments on them. The clocks ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to cause their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before, he too, becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse.
A death-defying tropical adventure delivers a frightening message about dabbling with creation from the talented author of Origin.
On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beingsthe Vitroshave knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. She enlists hunky charter pilot Jim Julien to take her there. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a charming, brilliant Vitro named Nicholas and an innocent, newly awoken one named Lux.
In a race for their lives, Sophie and Jim are about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller
Aislyn suffers from crippling shynessthat is, until shes offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. Shes charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.
Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats.
The first two novels of Scott Westerfeldand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestselling seriesand#8212;a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trendand#8212;now available in one edition.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Tally canand#8217;t wait to turn sixteen. Only then will she be able to have an operation to turn her from a repellant ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and live in New Pretty Townand#8212;a high-tech paradise where her only job will be to have fun. But when Tally finally becomes pretty, everything isnand#8217;t as perfect as it seems. Underneath all the beauty and luxury is a nagging sense that something is wrong.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Very wrong.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Searching for the truth, Tally discovers a whole new side of the pretty worldand#8212;and it isnand#8217;t very pretty.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Now Tally has a choice to make: fight to forget what she knows or fight for her life.
About the Author
Debra Dockter is a two-time winner of the Kansas Voices writers' competition in the area of short fiction. She graduated from Wichita State University with a double major in creative writing and psychology. She also obtained a Master of Science degree from Friends University. Prior to working several years as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, she danced for the Tennessee Festival Ballet company and spent weekends being sawed in half by a professional illusionist. Debra currently teaches behavioral science courses at Cowley College and resides in Haysville, Kansas, with her husband and three children. She is the author of Deadly Design.