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The second novel in the Uglies Manga series, featuring Shay's point of view and set in the world of Uglies. Experience the riveting, dystopian Uglies series seen as never before—through the eyes of Shay, Tally Youngblood’s closest and bravest friend, who refuses to take anything about society at face value. “From the moment we are born, we are considered threats in need of The second novel in the Uglies Manga series, featuring Shay's point of view and set in the world of Uglies. Experience the riveting, dystopian Uglies series seen as never before—through the eyes of Shay, Tally Youngblood’s closest and bravest friend, who refuses to take anything about society at face value. “From the moment we are born, we are considered threats in need of ‘special’ management. We are watched and shaped and exploited by a force most of us never see. . . . All to keep us safe. . . . Do you feel safe?! Or do you feel like you’re in a cage?”—Shay In Pretties, Tally Youngblood and her daring best friend, Shay, both underwent the operation that turned them from ordinary Uglies into stunning beauties. Now this thrilling new graphic novel reveals Shay’s perspective on living in New Pretty Town . . . and the way she sees it, there’s more to this so-called paradise than meets the eye. With the endless parties and custom-made clothes, life as a Pretty should be perfect. Yet Shay doesn’t feel quite right. She has little to no memory of her past; it’s as if something in her brain has inexplicably changed. When she reunites with Tally and the Crims—her rebellious group of friends from Uglyville—she begins to recall their last departure to the wild, and the headstrong leader she used to be. And as she remembers the truth about what doomed their escape, Shay decides to fight back—against the status quo, against the mysterious Special Circumstances, even against her own best friend.


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The second novel in the Uglies Manga series, featuring Shay's point of view and set in the world of Uglies. Experience the riveting, dystopian Uglies series seen as never before—through the eyes of Shay, Tally Youngblood’s closest and bravest friend, who refuses to take anything about society at face value. “From the moment we are born, we are considered threats in need of The second novel in the Uglies Manga series, featuring Shay's point of view and set in the world of Uglies. Experience the riveting, dystopian Uglies series seen as never before—through the eyes of Shay, Tally Youngblood’s closest and bravest friend, who refuses to take anything about society at face value. “From the moment we are born, we are considered threats in need of ‘special’ management. We are watched and shaped and exploited by a force most of us never see. . . . All to keep us safe. . . . Do you feel safe?! Or do you feel like you’re in a cage?”—Shay In Pretties, Tally Youngblood and her daring best friend, Shay, both underwent the operation that turned them from ordinary Uglies into stunning beauties. Now this thrilling new graphic novel reveals Shay’s perspective on living in New Pretty Town . . . and the way she sees it, there’s more to this so-called paradise than meets the eye. With the endless parties and custom-made clothes, life as a Pretty should be perfect. Yet Shay doesn’t feel quite right. She has little to no memory of her past; it’s as if something in her brain has inexplicably changed. When she reunites with Tally and the Crims—her rebellious group of friends from Uglyville—she begins to recall their last departure to the wild, and the headstrong leader she used to be. And as she remembers the truth about what doomed their escape, Shay decides to fight back—against the status quo, against the mysterious Special Circumstances, even against her own best friend.

30 review for Uglies: Cutters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    As someone who loved Shay's Story, I was very excited to read Pretties from her perspective as well. (So far, I've only read Uglies, Shay's Story, and Pretties.) The artwork, let me just say, was absolutely stunning. I love the character designs so much. My one complaint would be that this book seems to stray a bit from Shay's actual story in Pretties. She seems remarkably clear-headed for the majority of the plot, which I didn't get a read for in Pretties. But Cutters was still really, really go As someone who loved Shay's Story, I was very excited to read Pretties from her perspective as well. (So far, I've only read Uglies, Shay's Story, and Pretties.) The artwork, let me just say, was absolutely stunning. I love the character designs so much. My one complaint would be that this book seems to stray a bit from Shay's actual story in Pretties. She seems remarkably clear-headed for the majority of the plot, which I didn't get a read for in Pretties. But Cutters was still really, really good. I wish they made more of these, but it doesn't look like it. I don't know what happens with Shay after Pretties anyway, though, so maybe I just have to read the rest of the books. I am looking forward to that! 4/5 stars. These graphic novels were great companions to the books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    If Shay's Story was basically Uglies rewritten from Shay's perspective rather than Tally's, Cutters is even more precisely a retelling of Pretties from Shay's point of view. Now that Dr. Cable has arrested the Smokies, and Shay and Tally have undergone the Pretty-making procedure, the events of the previous book are less fresh and urgent in their minds. The Prettying operation includes invasive brain surgery to reduce problematic instinctive drives and tone down critical thinking abilities, and If Shay's Story was basically Uglies rewritten from Shay's perspective rather than Tally's, Cutters is even more precisely a retelling of Pretties from Shay's point of view. Now that Dr. Cable has arrested the Smokies, and Shay and Tally have undergone the Pretty-making procedure, the events of the previous book are less fresh and urgent in their minds. The Prettying operation includes invasive brain surgery to reduce problematic instinctive drives and tone down critical thinking abilities, and despite the trauma of betrayal and capture that beset Shay and Tally's friendship in Shay's Story, they've practically forgotten it as they attend extravagant nightly parties and make light gossip on the streets of New Pretty Town. Shay, Tally, Zane, Tachs, and their circle of Pretty friends are content to revel in their own newly acquired beauty, flirt with other good-looking teens, and watch the spectacular fireworks displays over the city, pyrotechnic light shows designed to please the Pretty mind. It's as though they weren't forced to become Pretty at all. "It's important to understand that the human brain is filled with meaningless chatter. Improperly trained or augmented, it jumps between reliving past humiliations and worrying over future hypotheticals. This can cause serious inadequacies when the need for decisive action arises in the present. There are, however, small evolutionary benefits to this chronological chaos. Those with no concern for the future often fail to prepare for it adequately...while those who cannot remember the past are, in the words of an ancient Rusty philosopher, condemned to repeat it." —from Cutters History always eventually repeats when people aren't proactive about avoiding past mistakes, does it not? After Zane resurrects the old Crims clique and Shay and Tally impressively prove themselves worthy of inclusion, Tally effortlessly makes romantic inroads with Zane, the boy Shay likes now. Like David in the Smoke, Zane develops a preference for Tally over her friend, and the two of them often sneak away to attempt daring tricks the other Crims might hesitate to perform. One night after climbing a high tower and being removed and reprimanded by agents of Special Circumstances, Tally and Zane seem suddenly different: clear-headed, intelligent, reverting to the way they were before the brain lesions done as part of the Pretty-making surgery made them as vapid as every other Pretty. The term "bubbly" takes on subversive new meaning for these two: instead of using it as a junk word to describe anything good, attractive, or fun, Tally and Zane use it to talk about the mental clarity they've recently achieved. Shay is more frustrated than ever; how did those two regain their pre-surge mental faculties? She'd try anything to do the same and prove they're no better than she, even climb that dangerous tower and get in trouble with Special Circumstances. Hard as it is to focus on a longterm goal with the brain lesions limiting her, she vows to find the secret to being bubbly and remember what happened in the Smoke. None of Shay's ideas seem to work, until she accidentally gashes open her arm climbing the same tower Tally and Zane did. The pain briefly crystalizes her mental processes, allowing her to recall Tally's betrayal at the Smoke, and Shay is desperate to retain this control over her own thinking. By purposely cutting herself a few times per day, she can override the brain damage and think as clearly as before her operation, and several other Crims join her to form an offshoot clique they dub the Cutters. Fearing that Special Circumstances is aware what the Cutters are doing, Shay decides its time for them to ditch New Pretty Town and head for the Smoke. Are David and the Smokies waiting for their return? But Dr. Cable is no clueless Pretty, and she's way ahead of Shay's angsty band of rebels. If Dr. Cable catches Shay again, what will the mastermind of Special Circumstances do to her this time? "No one's as special as they could be. We all need a little push..." —from Cutters I'm not convinced the Uglies series translates well to graphic novels. The original books allow deeper thought and a more immersive experience, and I consider Uglies better than Shay's Story and Pretties better than Cutters. I also believe Uglies is superior to Pretties, so it makes sense that I rate Shay's Story higher than Cutters. The quality of thought in the first graphic novel overcomes its deficiencies, but that depth is mostly absent in Cutters. Ultimately, I think there's a reason the original Uglies series was told from Tally's perceptive and not Shay's: Tally's story is more dynamic and dramatic, and as Dr. Cable's main foe, her struggle is more compelling. A lot of what Shay does occurs on the periphery, with Dr. Cable's sights set on taking Tally down. Uglies fans should try these graphic novels, though; they do have some merit. Whatever the format, revisiting the social and moral entanglements of the Uglies universe is a reliably engaging experience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)

    I took my time getting through this because I'm such a die-hard Uglies fan. Even though Tally isn't the main MC anymore, I still enjoyed and loved Shay. Just like with the first graphic novel I got to explore a whole new side to Shay's Story. In this novel we start with Shay living and coping with being a pretty. She also struggles with remembering her life before being a pretty, I hadn't known she kinda lost her memory of her smoky days. For a while Shay's enjoying life and getting into her old I took my time getting through this because I'm such a die-hard Uglies fan. Even though Tally isn't the main MC anymore, I still enjoyed and loved Shay. Just like with the first graphic novel I got to explore a whole new side to Shay's Story. In this novel we start with Shay living and coping with being a pretty. She also struggles with remembering her life before being a pretty, I hadn't known she kinda lost her memory of her smoky days. For a while Shay's enjoying life and getting into her old ugly ways. Until Tally comes back into the picture and messes things up for Shay. Having read both Tally & Shay's sides I can totally understand them and there "frienemy" status. This graphic novel was different from the first one in some good ways. First, between a certain amount of chapters we have this kinda fairy tale story of what's going to happen. In where Shay is like the fighter and has to protect her forest, while Tally's a princess that gets what she wants without really doing much. It really added a metaphoric picture to Shay's life. Another thing was the romance. Now in the books Shay was with Daniel & Zane first before Tally but I thought she ended up alone, WRONG. In the novel we see Shay develope feelings for another character, that I did not see coming. TACHS. He had very little parts in the book but here he plays a major role with Shay. He & her actually discover that if they cut themselves they can clear there pretty bubbliness. So they actually started the cutters not Tally & Zane as I thought. In the end Shay & Tach want to re-start the smoke, now that they remember, but there plan gets foiled and special circumstances comes in. Dr.Cable is even nastier than I though, she really knows how to push Shay's buttons to making her think that everything was Tally's fault. Overall, I LOVED THIS. I might have rambled a bit but I'm pleased with this and i think all Uglies fan's will not be disappointed.It definitely gives a fresh breathe to the series. So a 4.5 from me :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Penny Raspenny

    Again, amazing. It is so interesting to see how Shay was thinking and what Tally looked like through her eyes, especially in the Pretty-time. So much jealousy but mostly loss. I like seeing the same story we already know from Shay's POV. I'm wondering when the next one will come out. "Specials" was my favorite book of the trilogy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    2.5/5 A little disappointing. And a way big cliffhanger (and has it's been 5 years published, I'm pretty sure there won't be a #3)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ursula R

    Being a bit of a die-hard "Uglies" fan and adoring Scott Westerfeld, I was naturally pumped when I discovered manga adaptations were in the works. Sadly, I was never able to get my hands on a copy of "Shay's Story", but I was, in fact, lucky enough to win an ARC of "Cutters". I must say it was thoroughly stunning, beyond my expectations. The illustrations, despite being black and white, are visually striking, and convey the world of the books exactly how I imagined it. The plot correlated with th Being a bit of a die-hard "Uglies" fan and adoring Scott Westerfeld, I was naturally pumped when I discovered manga adaptations were in the works. Sadly, I was never able to get my hands on a copy of "Shay's Story", but I was, in fact, lucky enough to win an ARC of "Cutters". I must say it was thoroughly stunning, beyond my expectations. The illustrations, despite being black and white, are visually striking, and convey the world of the books exactly how I imagined it. The plot correlated with that of the original books while still providing new insight, and I wasn't confused even though I missed the first one. My only problem with this adaptation was my initial inability to tell the male characters apart. Although Zane was easy to identify, I found Peris and Tachs to look extremely similar and could not differentiate between Ho and Fausto until about halfway through the story. Not having read the previous installment, I also wasn't able to experience comparing the characters' new "pretty" faces and demeanors to their previous "ugly" ones, but their respective personalities and relationship dynamics of the present came through vibrantly, and a few of the artist's sketches showing those changes are included in the book. In short, if you are a fan of the Uglies series and feel you have a pretty good understanding of the plot and setting, I highly recommend you read "Cutters" as soon as it comes out. As for me, I will definitely be purchasing "Shay's Story" very soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lady Entropy

    3.5 stars - I like the main character far more than Tally, the hero of the novels. However, and while I love (and really love) the series and this series being a complementing of the novels (love it!) as a stand alone GN is still a bit weak, because the story jumps by leaps and bounds, filling in the story from Shay's point of view. The problem is that if you didn't read the novels, you'll be missing a lot and not understanding the connection. That's what costs this book 1.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Myndi

    I enjoyed this graphic novel just as much as the first and I hope the author decides to finish off the series from Shay's side. I would love to read what happens next in her POV. In addition to just really enjoying this story, the author has turned me on to the possibility of reading more Graphic Novel spin offs or retellings of my favorite books. I'd always shied away before thinking I wouldn't like them as much, but these books changed my mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Unimpressive. And really doesn't add anything. Which isn't completely fair because it's been awhile since I read this series. But other than reminding me of plot elements, I really didn't care about anything in it all that much. And the art didn't ring true either. But it wasn't bad. It just wasn't all that good. 2.5 of 5.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    Writing a sci-fi novel for teen girls in which society is mind controlled to aspire to prettiness and cliquishness may appeal to its audience but making it so that the only way for teens to break fee and "see clearly" finally knowing themselves is to slit their wrists? That's not just dumb, it's wildly irresponsible.

  11. 5 out of 5

    G Su

    I'd read the original Uglies series, but the comic adaption was a treat. The graphic novels look at the events from the perspective of Shay, a secondary character in the original novel. (view spoiler)[ Multiple times, Shay was betrayed by Tally, the hero of the series, her best friend. (hide spoiler)] It's refreshing to see this character renewed in her own series. I couldn't help but feel an empathy for her, going through the chain of events which lead her to some pretty dark places. Through t I'd read the original Uglies series, but the comic adaption was a treat. The graphic novels look at the events from the perspective of Shay, a secondary character in the original novel. (view spoiler)[ Multiple times, Shay was betrayed by Tally, the hero of the series, her best friend. (hide spoiler)] It's refreshing to see this character renewed in her own series. I couldn't help but feel an empathy for her, going through the chain of events which lead her to some pretty dark places. Through this comic, I could get a better understanding of her actions. Shay's stance seemed totally out of the blue in the original novels, but with this peek behind the curtain all becomes clear. One complaint I have is the comic medium itself. Maybe it's just me, but I found it hard sometimes to keep track of who was who and the speaker at the moment. Because the story is told through drawings, it can be a little unclear sometimes. At the very least, it gave me an excuse to pore over the detailed drawings of Shay's world. Definitely recommended for readers of Scott Westerfeld's original novel Uglies, or for those who like a little antihero.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This was another really fast read. Honestly, Shay's story is soooo much more interesting than Tally's. She's rebellious and never wanted to be pretty. She liked who she was, and didn't want to follow the social norms of society: Becoming pretty. She's so much cooler than Tally, and someone to look up to. Except for the fact that this book promotes cutting yourself (which I hate). I'm still not a fan of the art style as well. Some of the characters looked absolutely ridiculous. It felt like captu This was another really fast read. Honestly, Shay's story is soooo much more interesting than Tally's. She's rebellious and never wanted to be pretty. She liked who she was, and didn't want to follow the social norms of society: Becoming pretty. She's so much cooler than Tally, and someone to look up to. Except for the fact that this book promotes cutting yourself (which I hate). I'm still not a fan of the art style as well. Some of the characters looked absolutely ridiculous. It felt like capturing someone who wasn't posed for a photo, and ended up looking dumb. The one thing I did like about this book was the fantasy aspect, where Tally is a princess and Shay is a ranger. But even then it felt really cheesy. I still don't like this series at all. It feels superficial and fake. Do not read this series at all. It sucks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    Not as much fun as the first manga, but that’s how I felt about Pretties after reading Uglies so it makes sense. Kinda sad that I don’t have manga of the third book here, because I would keep marathoning otherwise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    I enjoyed this one but I realllllly wish it was in color and that there would of been more. I felt like it was a fast version of Pretties in Shay’s POV. I wanted more out of the end. But still, it was good seeing things from Shay’s POV. Tally did really mess up a lot of things.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Sharman

    Finally! I've read this graphic novel duology! - was nice to be back in the Uglies universe for one night as they were one of my favorite trilogies when I was in college. Still need to read Extras but i'm not sure if I can be bothered with that one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    a nice little addition to the Uglies series. i read the series a long time ago so it was fun to go back and relive some of the characters and places in the series. :) light little read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charlon

    Good for what it was. Would keep reading thwm if there were more

  18. 5 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    Good volume. I mean I liked the books. Story was interesting. Also that art style is good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lexie Lashley

    The first graphic novel was better but this does help further my desire to reread the books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah E Mudge

    A great read from start to finish. Can't wait to read the rest of the series and find out what happens to Tally and Shay.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ayre

    Total nostalgia for the Uglies series and reminds me why I love Shay as a villain so much.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frida Linder

    Book nr 3 in the Dewey's 24 Hour October 2016 Read-a-Thon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really am enjoying these graphic novels, especially because they bring in such an important side of the Uglies story. Most people know I am an avid Uglies lover, so these are musts for me and I don't think it's possible for me not to enjoy them and soak in every little picture and line. The interesting thing about this story is it is about Shay, and while the first graphic novel (Shay's Story) fills in the pieces of her time in the Smoke, this one fills in her time at New Pretty Town while Ta I really am enjoying these graphic novels, especially because they bring in such an important side of the Uglies story. Most people know I am an avid Uglies lover, so these are musts for me and I don't think it's possible for me not to enjoy them and soak in every little picture and line. The interesting thing about this story is it is about Shay, and while the first graphic novel (Shay's Story) fills in the pieces of her time in the Smoke, this one fills in her time at New Pretty Town while Tally and Zane are battling with their own issues secretly. I know Tally's story really well, so seeing things from Shay's side was especially interesting. Now, I'm not a fan of Shay, really. Actually, I kind of hate her. If it ever came into a war between Shay and Tally, I would choose Tally. But really, there are two sides to every story, and I'm glad Shay is finally getting some justification because what Tally did to her was massively messed up. But, if one just read the graphic novels and never heard Tally's side, I feel like they're also not understanding all of it and not able to make an educated decision. Shay is an angry character, and she's passionate, but this also makes her incapable of listening to others or understanding their point of view. She dragged Tally into a situation she did not want to be in and then expected her to uphold the same values that Shay herself upholds. Yes, Tally betrayed her, but when you have society knocking at your door refusing you the one thing you've dreamed about your entire life, how are you going to react? Shay has every right to mad, but Tally deserves a chance to speak. That is one thing that irked me about the graphic novels is that Shay is such a massively hot-headed character who constantly victimizes herself. Yes, sometimes she is right. Sometimes Tally is wrong. But Shay turns everything into an attack against herself which is absolutely NOT TRUE. In Pretties, I'm 99% sure everything Tally did had absolutely nothing to do with Shay or hurting her. She wanted to stay best friends. And, in the end, she betrayed her again. This just makes me feel bad for both Tally and Shay; Shay never achieves her dream, and Tally can never set things right again after she mistakenly destroyed it. Like I said; two sides to every story, and I hope most fans expose themselves to both. Now that my advertisement for how much I love Tally Youngblood is over, let's talk about the STORY. It was GREAT. I don't know what it is, if it's seeing the images or how the graphic novel is structured like a movie, but the society and what it does to people is so much creepier in the graphic novels. And maybe that's just because this is from Shay's perspective who is truly, actively fighting against the system. In Pretties, Tally and Zane didn't know a lot of what they were doing, and a lot of it was staying "bubbly" with tricks and helping Zane get better. However, Shay doesn't know about the brain lesions, the cure, about any of it. All she knows is she is not herself, and she wants to be. That's where I think the power lies, and looking at the pictures where she begins to cut herself to feel clear-headed...it dawned on me how much of a dark turn this series took when that happened in Pretties. I was so young when I first read Pretties and Specials that the impact of the society and of the need to cut oneself just did not resonate with me the same way it has after reading Cutters. Shay was desperate to find herself again. Tally was desperate, too, but I feel Shay fought for it and longed for it so much more that she took so many risks to be human again. It's really sad, but really thought-provoking. I mean, obviously not trying to downgrade Tally (because I love her) but Shay left the city to remove herself from the system and not to become a pawn in Dr. Cable's game. Tally left to find help for Zane. I just feel Shay had more passion for the cause but...that can all be disputed once the third graphic novel detailing Shay and Tally's time as Specials comes out. I find that Tally really rises to shine as a character in Specials, so maybe the graphic novels will allow her to redeem herself. Right now they're portraying her as vapid, dumb, and self-centered, which she isn't. But, then again, this is all from Shay's point of view. Recommended to all fans! The artwork is gorgeous, the story is great, and it fills in a lot of holes from the story (like Shay and Tachs? Never saw that one coming!) (side note: nothing reiterates how much I dislike David than seeing it all from Shay's side).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jim Marsh

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Pretties: Cutter manga as part of a promotion. I have not read the previous volume, nor was I aware of the YA novel series Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld before opening the pages of this manga. I went in completely blind. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the illustrations are gorgeous. Steven Cummings knocks it out of the park with his manga style artwork. This unfortunately makes the difference between the Uglie (shown in flashbacks) and the Pre Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Pretties: Cutter manga as part of a promotion. I have not read the previous volume, nor was I aware of the YA novel series Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld before opening the pages of this manga. I went in completely blind. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the illustrations are gorgeous. Steven Cummings knocks it out of the park with his manga style artwork. This unfortunately makes the difference between the Uglie (shown in flashbacks) and the Pretties almost indistinguishable. It all looks beautiful. I am not sure how much of this is intentional or not. It is never made clear if the Uglies are supposed to be deformed or just look like normal people. It does not matter. They are every bit as breath taking as the “Pretties” (and sometimes even moreso) Especially the fantasy sequence spaced throughout the book that I believe recaps the first volume. I could read volumes of him drawing that story. The writing had a difficult challenge. The story is being told by someone who has lost their memories of their previous life, with occasional flashbacks to hint at what came before. Everyone seems to have 3 names (an Ugly name, a Smoke nick-name and a new Pretty name) which get used interchangeably, especially as more memories are uncovered. Since apparently everyone undergoes some form of plastic surgery to become a Pretty they have different faces in flashbacks. They use a futuristic slang reminiscent of the doubletalk in 1984. (Everything is “Pretty-making” or “bubbly.”) This made the narrative difficult to understand, and the scenes seemed to jump around quite a bit without explaining the significance of what had just occurred. After doing a little research, I have discovered that this volume is essentially the second book in the series from the point of view of Shay rather than Tally. (They are frenemies who seem to be at constant odds with each other.) The world is interesting if frivolous and I still cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone feels the need to have an operation to be pretty, how the world economy works (Pretties are given large mansions with clothing producing replicators and do nothing but frolick and go to parties) or why people simultaneously have no memories of their pasts but seem to be referring to it constantly. I would have to suggest reading the first volume before the second or the novels upon which the series is based. The art is exquisite. The larger ideas of the world are interesting but I thought the adaption someone lacking in the ability to stand on it’s own. I think a recap page would have helped tremendously. SPOILER WARNING: There is also the eventual realization that the only way to maintain your mind is to either take experimental drugs or to cut yourself. So one of the characters forms a gamg/cult around cutting yourself in order to clear your mind and maintain your identity. I cannot understate what an incredibly dangerous and irresponsible message this is to give teenagers (the presumed target audience)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase. *Warning: This is the second book in a series. While I really don't like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 spoilers in this review.* This is the second book in a series, and actually it's the graphic novel adaptation of Pretties, which is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, as told from Shay's point of view instead of Tally's. So since it's a sequel, and since I flew through this This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase. *Warning: This is the second book in a series. While I really don't like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 spoilers in this review.* This is the second book in a series, and actually it's the graphic novel adaptation of Pretties, which is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, as told from Shay's point of view instead of Tally's. So since it's a sequel, and since I flew through this book without writing many notes, I'm going to go ahead and just write a mini review, highlighting the things I liked and the things I didn't like. What I Liked: -The artwork. So fantastic. Steven Cummings has created a beautiful Shay, and I think she's much more beautiful than Tally, who's the one everyone is attracted to in the original series. And the world is just so much like I pictured it in my head, plus so much more. -The ice rink scene. This was one of my favorite scenes in Pretties and I was so happy to find it here. -Dr. Cable. She's not exactly how I pictured her, but she looks great, and her power and crazy personality just leap right off the page. What I Didn't Like: -I was a bit confused in this one, simply because I think I remembered Pretties the least of all the other books. So it took me a bit to remember what was going on in the original story at this point, and I still don't feel like I really know what Tally was doing in the meantime. But then again, that could just be my bad memory. -The cutting. I know that's a big part of this story, but it's the one thing I'm uncomfortable with in this series. I know Scott Westerfeld is not promoting cutting when he makes his characters cut themselves to remain aware of what is happening to them, but I still just don't like it. What I'm On the Fence About: -The little parts about Shay being a Ranger and Tally being a Princess. I really don't know how to describe these parts so if you haven't read it, I apologize. But I really don't know how I feel about them. I think the artwork was beautiful in these parts, but I don't know if they're supposed to be Shay's thoughts or what, and I'm not really sure they added much to the story. My rating for Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfeld: 4.5 stars. I love the Uglies series and I'm loving the graphic novels as well! My review of Uglies: Shay's Story (Uglies Graphic Novel #1) by Scott Westerfeld Disclaimer: I purchased this book myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    I read the original Uglies series by Westerfeld a long, long time ago. A couple years ago I picked up the first Uglies graphic novel and really enjoyed hearing Shay’s side of the story. I have had Cutters on my wishlist for a while and finally got my hands on it. It was a well done book and I enjoyed it. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if the series was a bit fresher in my head. I think you will probably need to read the original book series in order to grasp what is going on here. This I read the original Uglies series by Westerfeld a long, long time ago. A couple years ago I picked up the first Uglies graphic novel and really enjoyed hearing Shay’s side of the story. I have had Cutters on my wishlist for a while and finally got my hands on it. It was a well done book and I enjoyed it. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if the series was a bit fresher in my head. I think you will probably need to read the original book series in order to grasp what is going on here. This book starts right after Shay has been turned Pretty. She is puzzled by the loss of some memories and ends up struggling with the feeling that something isn’t right. She joins the Crims and they play harmless pranks on other Pretties...that is until Tally shows up Pretty as well. Tally has remembered something important and Shay needs to figure out how to remember her past as well. Well done retelling of this story from Shay's perspective. It's honestly been a long time since I have read these books, so I had some trouble remembering who everyone was in the story and that really isn't clarified very well in this book. It would have been nice to have a quick synopsis or a cast of who is who at the beginning of the book. Additionally there is a lot of that bubbly slang, that sounds a bit like baby talk...this bugged me in the original book series too. The illustration is done in a very manga sort of style and is all black and white. A lot of the characters look the same throughout, so it was a bit confusing sometimes trying to figure out who was doing what. Not my favorite for illustration, but okay. The costumes are well done and it was interesting to see how the characters looking different, but the same, as their Pretty versions of themselves. I enjoyed seeing the story from Shay's perspective and also enjoyed visiting this world again. The story lends itself well to this format. The story takes up from the time when Tally is first made pretty to when Tally leaves the city. The format of the book is in general very manga-like but the book is read front to back like a traditional American book. The story wraps up at a good point. Overall an okay graphic novel adaptation of the Pretties story from Shay’s POV. I would have liked a reminder as to who everyone is. Better illustration would have helped with this since many of the characters look similar. These graphic novels have been like companion novels to the original book series than stand alone stories. I would tentatively recommend this graphic novel series if you are a fan of Westerfeld’s Uglies series. Otherwise, I would skip this….these graphic novel books don’t stand on their own very well. I probably won’t be reading any more of them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I'm disappointed.... :( I finished this book in one sitting, in 35 mins, and probably about 10 of those minutes was spent flipping back trying to figure out where I was in the story and who the characters were. It was so hard to know, and sometimes I didn't even know who Shay was! That was my main complaint. In fact it was my only complaint, and it took away a whole 2 stars!! Some of my other thoughts are below: Pros: - Great graphics/art (for the most part) - Interesting story/perspective Cons: - Con I'm disappointed.... :( I finished this book in one sitting, in 35 mins, and probably about 10 of those minutes was spent flipping back trying to figure out where I was in the story and who the characters were. It was so hard to know, and sometimes I didn't even know who Shay was! That was my main complaint. In fact it was my only complaint, and it took away a whole 2 stars!! Some of my other thoughts are below: Pros: - Great graphics/art (for the most part) - Interesting story/perspective Cons: - Confusing!!! And, as I'm sure many of you are dyeing to know: What team am I on? Tally or Shay? At first I was for Tally, all the way (in the Uglies series, the novels), and then in Shay's Story I found her to be quite ignorant and annoying, putting me on Shay's side. Then came Cutters, leaving me with the impossible decision. Tally, the one who can be ignorant and cruel to her companions, or Shay who is unkind to Tally and not seeing both sides to her story. I see both of their perspectives. (view spoiler)[ For example, when Tally and Shay were fighting about how Zane got the cure pills instead of Shay, Shay started yelling and I didn't like her for not seeing what Tally was going to say, but I did see why she was angry. As for Tally, I can understand why she did what she did, but I still think that it would have been better if Shay got the pills, like Shay was telling Tally. (hide spoiler)] I would still recommended these graphic novels for anyone who has read the Uglies series (the novels) and I would recommend the Uglies series (the novels) for everyone anyways... If that made any sense. What I'm really trying to say is this: read the graphic novels, as they are worth it. But beware... They are confusing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I won this book from First Reads Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfield-- one of the most imaginative dystopian worlds that I had encountered. I have not read the first in the Shay graphic novels, but I felt I knew enough from the other novels to read this one. Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfield tells us the story of Pretties from Shay's perspective, the complicated best frenemy of Tally, the protagonist of the original no I won this book from First Reads Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfield-- one of the most imaginative dystopian worlds that I had encountered. I have not read the first in the Shay graphic novels, but I felt I knew enough from the other novels to read this one. Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfield tells us the story of Pretties from Shay's perspective, the complicated best frenemy of Tally, the protagonist of the original novels. We re-meet some characters, such as Tachs, who I don't remember at all from the original novels, who becomes a love interest. Shay is completely obsessed with Tally-- she wants to be just as good and better than her-- and never really forgives her for what happened in the Smoke. Not to mention all the boys she has "stolen." There are some interesting developments, like an interaction between her and Dr. Cable. And there is something really cool about seeing this in a comic book form-- yes, I kind of am a nerd like that. That said, these books are not as compelling as the Uglies series. Half of the time, I don't know who I'm looking at because they all look the same. Perhaps this is intentional since all Pretties are almost the same anyway-- but it makes a visual story very hard to follow. Also, the story is not as interesting-- most of it is a retelling of what we already know. Overall, an interesting take on the backstory of Uglies, but if you want a really good story, go to the original.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    The Uglies is a four book series by Scott Westerfeld that dealt with a dystopia where everyone was made pretty, but brain damaged in order to maintain social order. The books starred Tally Youngblood, a girl who tried to protest the system, but kept finding herself used by those in power. It was an interesting and fun series, but I always thought that Tally’s friend Shay was far more interesting than Tally herself. This graphic novel series, therefore, was made for me. Grayson and Cummings retel The Uglies is a four book series by Scott Westerfeld that dealt with a dystopia where everyone was made pretty, but brain damaged in order to maintain social order. The books starred Tally Youngblood, a girl who tried to protest the system, but kept finding herself used by those in power. It was an interesting and fun series, but I always thought that Tally’s friend Shay was far more interesting than Tally herself. This graphic novel series, therefore, was made for me. Grayson and Cummings retell the Uglies story through the eyes of Shay, a character that is actually quite a bit more active in her choices than Tally, and they do so in the form of a manga. Cutters is the second volume of the Shay series, and while I enjoyed the first retelling, this one was not quite as enjoyable. The problem with a retelling is managing to keep the story interesting without repeating everything that went on in the original work. Unfortunately, Cutters loses this balance, and the story is choppy and feels incomplete. These narrative choices make it difficult to follow what is going on, even if you’ve read the original series. I also found the art to be a detriment to the story. In this volume, Tally and Shay are pretties, young adults who have undergone extensive plastic surgery to become aesthetically perfect. However, the manga style that this story is drawn in makes it hard to distinguish pretties from uglies! I would recommend this book for fans of the series, but I hope that volume three addresses some of these problems.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I have wanted to read the Uglies series for some time, but didn't have a lot of free time. When I saw they had created a graphic novel version, my current reading passion, I was thrilled. I read the Uglies: Shay's Story, then followed it up immediately after because the first was enjoyable. This book didn't disappoint. It too was a really nice complete story that was easy to follow and contained great graphics. It continues Shay's stor I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I have wanted to read the Uglies series for some time, but didn't have a lot of free time. When I saw they had created a graphic novel version, my current reading passion, I was thrilled. I read the Uglies: Shay's Story, then followed it up immediately after because the first was enjoyable. This book didn't disappoint. It too was a really nice complete story that was easy to follow and contained great graphics. It continues Shay's story after she was captured and turned into a pretty. She meets back up with some of her friends from when they were ugly, and they go back to their crim ways, just prettier. Shay's there with all the pretties and their pretty ways, but realizes something just isn't right. She remembers some of what happened at the Smoke, but not entirely. She realizes that maybe when they make the people pretty, they also do some other things to their minds. She finds away to beat it...which, I have to be honest, based upon the audience for this book, makes me a little hesitant...and she and her close friends try to find a way out. I don't want to tell the whole story...if you like graphic novels and the uglies, read it. It's a good read.

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