Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Making YA Literature Work For Your Classroom

Common Themes

Common themes in the series include

  • individuality vs. conformity
  • mistrust
  • doing the right thing
  • alienation

Discussion Questions

Would you become 'pretty' if you had the chance?

What makes you trust someone?

What differences/similarities do you see between the Rusty world and our civilization?

Have you ever felt abandoned by a close friend? What helped you move on?

Which world would you rather live in, why?

What makes good/bad technology?

If there was not another book, what would you want Tally to do?

What did you notice about the language in the book? How do the words translate?