Title: Uglies: Cutters
Author: Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson
Illustrator: Steven Cummings
As I have stated many times before my favorite author is Scott Westerfeld, so it should not be a surprise that I would be drawn in by a graphic novel that is at least partially by him and part of the world of Uglies and Pretties that he created. I know I wasn’t through the roof for Shay’s story the first graphic novel but again I had to read this all the same.
The general story of the Uglies universe is a world that is set in the distant future where people are controlled and kept at peace by being equally beautiful and not having a want in the world. Of course the secret to keeping everyone peaceful and in control is much more than a surgery that makes people pretty but I won’t go into details so as not to ruin the story for your but the world is interesting all the same and one I immensely enjoyed when I first read it. The main story focuses on Tally Youngblood as she is the main heroin. She had a close friend Shay who is major contributing factor in pushing Tally to do what she does in much of the series. This graphic novel takes on the story of Shay and her perspective on things.
This is the second graphic novel that focuses on Shay the first one was Shay before she became a petty and before she met Tally and how she saw things in the story of Tally that we read in Uglies. This graphic novel picks up and tells the story of Shay and her take on things during the time that we follow Tally in Pretties.
In the past I did read and review the first of Shay’s story and wasn’t wowed by it but all the same I still found myself picking up the second book and honestly I wasn’t wowed by it either. It was interesting to see how Shay saw things, but the story was weird all the same. Instead of just telling Shay’s story there was commentary from the main villain Dr. Cable periodically in the story and there was a fantasy story that kind of worked as an allegory for the main story. It kind of broke things up a lot and I wasn’t fond of it. I didn’t feel that the fantasy story fit in well though I very much got what point it was trying to make.
Unless Shay was your absolute favorite character in the books, I would not recommend this book. It gave me a bit of insight but otherwise the story was flat to me and I wasn’t fond of it. Over all I’ll give this story a 2 out of 5 pages simply because it wasn’t the most atrocious thing I’ve read but honestly I found it a bit dull.