25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

Uglies_book

Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

Beginning with Uglies and continuing with sequels Pretties and Specials, Westerfeld takes the most universal of all human insecurities and transforms it into the basis for a chilling version of the future. In a Giver-like decision to deprive the world of individuality, society transforms all 16-year-olds into brainwashed, ultra-beautiful “pretties” who live out their youth in hedonistic bliss. Best friends Tally and Shay buck the system when they run away rather than undergo surgery, and societal upheaval ensues.