Series: The Uglies (Part 2)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 11th
Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.
My Rating: 4.6/5 Stars! (Rounded up to a 5 on Goodreads)
Characters: 4/5 Stars! This book features a completely new cast of characters as the first part of this series. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars is because I don’t feel like you really get to know many of the characters besides the two main characters, Frey and Col. It was a quick book, and while towards the second half of the book you get introduced to some interesting characters, there wasn’t enough time to really get to know them with so much action. That said, it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all. I am sure we will get to know more about them in the next book! I liked Frey as a character, and while I liked Rafi at first, she creeped me out later in the book and acted a lot more like a “bubblehead” then I was lead to believe in the beginning. Also, the Villain aspect is very interesting but I am afraid to say more for fear of spoiling.
Setting: 5/5 Stars! Despite being a continuation of the Uglies series and set in the same world, you don’t have to have read those books to get into this one. The Uglies series is my favorite Scifi book world and Westerfeld makes it so easy to feel a part of it. The technology, the lingo are both so unique and interesting while also being easy to understand and remember. You really get a feel of the world and how different the cities are from each other. Btw, I would so much rather live in Victoria.
Plot: 5/5 Stars! Honestly, Westerfeld must have a gift for making a plot so interesting while also uncomplicated. The plot is perfect to appeal to fans of the original series and also be highly appealing to new fans and even readers who don’t usually read Sci-Fi. I have had a week to think it over and this book still felt perfect to me. I was skeptical about a continuation of the series because, after the original Uglies trilogy, Westerfeld wrote an extra book (called the Extras), set in the world but around the same time as the ending of the first 3 books and I wasn’t a fan. That did not stop me from pre-ordering Impostors though and I am so glad I did!
Relationships: 4.5/5 Stars! The .5 a point I took off was really just because I would have liked to see more of the Palafoxes’s relationship more. Frey’s stay there was pretty quick and while I liked the fast pace of the story and feel like that was the best approach to reel people back into the series, I personally wish we had gotten more in Victoria and the Palafox estate. Enough to really see the difference between Col and his family to Frey and her dysfunctional one. I also think because Frey’s time in Victoria was rushed, so was her and Col’s relationship. I am a sucker for a romance so I am still 100% for this ship, especially after that ending!
Cover (Not factored into final rating): 4/5 Stars! Sci-Fi covers are never my favorite but its clean and not distracting.
Like it? Love it? Hate it? I loved it! Westerfeld has pulled me back into another one of his series! It’s so interesting that because Frey was born second to her identical twin, her father forced her to grow up in the shadows as a body double to her older sister. Raised as a fighter rather than a diplomat and with no identity of her own. I finished it in one night and I’m CRYING for the next installment!
Critiques? Disappointments? I wish it was longer. I understand that they wanted to restart the series with an intro that was easy to get into so to not overwhelm people who haven’t read the series in years or never read it at all but it went by too quick for me and I would have loved more. Not even just more at the end but more in between.
Conclusion: Whether you are a veteran or new to the series I think this book will be easy to get into and that you will Enjoy it. I honestly think even if you don’t normally read Sci-Fi this book will be a quick hit!
Should you read it? YES! Before Red Queen and all these other YA series of Young females tearing down a malicious, sinister and faulty government/monarchy/establishment etc. books become mainstream, there was Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies. I definitely suggest picking this book up and also reading the original series, though you can read Impostors before or after as you’d like.
Have you read the original Uglies series? Do you want to now? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!