25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read


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.