Shay's Story

Book - 2012
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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 of being transformed from an ordinary "Ugly" into a paragon of beauty. And as the Crims explore beyond the monitored borders of Uglyville into the forbidden, Shay must choose between the perks of being Pretty and the rewards of being real.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2012
ISBN: 9780345527226
Branch Call Number: Teen Graphic Novel Wes
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Grayson, Devin K.
Cummings, Steven
Alternative Title: Shay's story


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CMLibrary_rgulledge Oct 31, 2017

For someone who'd never heard of the 'Uglies' book series before, I found this graphic novel to be wonderful supplementary material for it. As a standalone piece, it creates a unique visual entrance to the world that the author's created; all through the perspective of a character that comes across as far more interesting and driven than the actual protagonist of the novels. It sucks you in enough to have you putting its sequel on hold as soon as you finish it. Unfortunately however, I wouldn't recommend getting too invested in it as it appears that this graphic novel series was dropped after the second installment by original author for insufficient sales. So, if you like this novel and want some kind of resolution, I'd recommend diving directly into the books from here, as opposed to bothering with the next volume.

Oct 17, 2015

not very interesting in my opinion

crp92000 Jul 19, 2013

An interesting twist on the original story, this manga shows the other side of the story of uglies from Shay's point of view. It gives you more details of the world and Shay's life before Tally. For any fan of the Uglies series, it is a must read.

Jun 17, 2013

Shay was my fav, but this made me love her even more.

Mar 03, 2013

I loved reading the "Uglies" series by Scott Westerfeld, but I felt like this manga novel didn't really tie in with the overall plot. It didn't lure manga-lovers like myself very efficiently, and the style was very altered from his original writing.

OranguTang Nov 08, 2012

I LOVE the Uglies series but this graphic novel doesn't do it justice. Scott Westerfeld's writing style doesn't come through at all and it just comes off as a lure to grab some manga fans. Skip.

Sep 17, 2012

Although I though the original series was decent enough, I really didn't care for this tie-in. The relationship between Shay and David just irritated me. The explanation of David's scar was stupidly melodramatic. Zane seemed out of character a lot, and I disliked that Shay was depicted to have once been as invested in becoming Pretty as Tally was. I thought it undermined her. Also, people tell Shay things that she doesn't seem to remember at appropriate times in Uglies-the-novel. Sometimes adding more to the story makes it less.

colsteen Aug 21, 2012

so boring. I'd never read a graphic novel before and if all of them are like this, I'll never read another. The original novels are wonderful and I recommend them but not this one. If I hadn't read the series first, I wouldn't have gotten past page 2 in this book.

Dimmu16 Aug 15, 2012

I found this very interesting! I finally get a real view into Shay's side of this awesome story! :D

chrispin_ Aug 12, 2012

A great extension to the Uglies series. Straightforward enough to be read before the books, but also has new information for series lovers. Aspects of all four books are included, if you know to spot them. My only complaint is that Shay and the Uglies are too beautiful. They don't look any different than the Pretties. I guess that's supposed to be the irony. Love the black and white magna style.

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Aug 12, 2012

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Jul 12, 2018

This is the same story that is told in the book "Uglies", but it is a graphic novel and told from Shay's point of view.


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