Would you want to go somewhere far away from home by yourself, when you’re not even sure if it’s a real existing place? Well, giving the answer “no” for Tally, the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was not an option. Westerfeld writes, “Okay, I’ll do it. Turn it off” (131). Tally was finally convinced by Peris, her very best friend to listen to Dr. Cable and do what she asked. Westerfeld writes, “I’ll enjoy it about a million times more once you’re there with me” (120). Peris is three months older than Tally so he had already became pretty, he convinced Tally by telling her how much he wanted to be with her before she made her final decision.
Dr. Cable chose Tally to go find the mysterious city Smoke because only she knew how to read the code Shay wrote for her also knowing that the people from Smoke would probably only trust Tally because Shay really wanted her to come. It took around nine days until she was finally found by the Rangers(ally of the city Smoke) and sent to where they were waiting for her. Westerfeld writes, “It is you! I knew it was!” (175). After arriving at Smoke, people were all treating her very friendly and most importantly she meets Shay again. David, the mysterious person Shay was talking about finally got to meet Tally and he seemed like a very nice guy to Tally. Westerfeld writes, “Not books. They’re called ‘magazines’,” Shay said. She opened one and pointed. Its strangely glossy pages were covered with pictures. Of people. Uglies” (184). Smoke started out very weird for Tally, not used to everyone being an ugly, even the celebrities.
Tally wanted to end this as soon as possible so she tried to send the signal to Dr. Cable on where Smoke city is located. Westerfeld writes, “Tally snapped closed the pendant and shoved it into her shirt” (187). Since she was new to the place, Shay would always be around her so Tally never got a chance to send the signal to Dr. Cable. Westerfeld writes, “By now, Tally understood that nothing in the Smoke ever lost it’s value. Nothing was discarded or given away just because it was old or broken. Everything was repaired, refitted, and recycled, and if one Smokey couldn’t put it to use, it was traded to another. Few things were given away lightly” (213). After observing Smoke, she realised she couldn’t just betray a city that had their own way of living, history, and values. During the rising action of the book, Tally really wished she just sent the signal in the first day at Smoke because she is really anxious about either to help herself or save a city.
If I was Tally, I would probably choose to stay in Smoke and live there for the rest of my life because it’s definitely not right to destroy a city just because I wanted to be pretty. It really won’t matter if I’m pretty or not since everyone at Smoke looks ugly, even the celebrities.
Here is where I found my image.