Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel in the Uglies series which tells the story of Uglies from the point of view of Shay. It is the first in a series of two graphic novels, which retell Uglies and Pretties from Shay's point of view. Shay's Story was released on March 6, 2012.

Plot Synopsis Edit

This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.

–Shay, Uglies

Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the cost. 

A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Shay eagerly awaits her turn to become a Pretty—a rite-of-passage operation called “the Surge” that transforms ordinary Uglies into paragons of beauty. Yet after befriending the Crims, a group of fellow teens who refuse to take anything in society at face value, Shay starts to question the whole concept. And as the Crims explore beyond the monitored borders of Uglyville into the forbidden, ungoverned wild, Shay must choose between the perks of being Pretty and the rewards of being real. [1]

Characters Edit

Shay: The protagonist of this version of the story. Also called "Skinny", she begins to question the importance of being beautiful after seeing Pretties up close for the first time.

Zane: Also called "Stretch", he meets Shay after she falls from her hoverboard and invites her to join him and his friends the Crims for a ride outside city limits.

Croy: Also called "Freckles", one of the Crims. He was the most suspicious of Tally after she arrived at the Smoke.

Astrix: Also called "Mouse", one of the Crims.

Ho: Also called "Squirt", one of the Crims.

David: The mysterious boy who teaches the Crims about wilderness survival and Rusty history. He discourages both Shay and Zane from going to the Smoke with their friends.

Tally Youngblood: Also called "Squint", the protagonist of Uglies. She and Shay become best friends after running into each other on the way back from New Pretty Town.

Tachs: Part of the group Shay leaves for the Smoke with, he was caught in a flash flood and saved by Shay's quick thinking.

Dr. Cable: The head of Special Circumstances. She personally thanks Tally for her help in leading the Specials to the Smoke.

Trivia Edit

  • Steven Cummings and Scott Westerfeld worked together to create character designs Westerfeld was happy with. Devin Grayson also contributed, sending Cummings examples from her manga collection of what a "pretty-boy" should look like. [2]

References Edit

  2. Uglies: Shay's Story, pg. 198-199
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