Analysis Of The Book ' The Uglies '

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In the book The Uglies, Tally Youngblood lives in a post apocalyptic world revolving around the perfectiveness of the human body and ones outward appearance. With all children receiving an extreme makeover surgery at age 16, the world is reconstructed to make every one “pretty”. Although this book was written in 2005, Scott Westerfield made this new world not too far from achievable today. With over 11 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2013, the demand for perfection is on the rise. Society has a manipulated mindset as to what people should look like and how to achieve this look. So can one really achieve happiness through a little bit of nipping and tucking? According to the following quote, it can:
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons regularly report high satisfaction rates among their patients, and they have provided clinical and empirical evidence supporting positive outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction with cosmetic surgery procedures.1–4 Further, it has been assumed that a positive change in physical appearance for the patient will lead to an improvement in their psychological well-being, including their self-confidence and self-esteem. (Honigman, Phillips, and Castle 1229-1237)
The book The Uglies surely seems to agree. Westerfield created two different populations, the Uglies and the Pretties. The Pretties are post-surgery Uglies and are separated into a completely different environment and lifestyle. At the young age of sixteen both boys and girls receive the

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