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- Full Title: Uglies
- When Written: 2004
- Where Written: Unknown
- When Published: 2005
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Novel; Dystopian Fiction
- Setting: An unnamed society in North America, several hundred years in the future
- Climax: Tally and David break into Special Circumstances and discover that Shay has undergone pretty surgery and that Az is dead.
- Antagonist: Dr. Cable and Special Circumstances
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Uglies
Say No to Winter. In talking about his living arrangements, Westerfeld insists that he and his wife are “bisummeral”—that is, they travel between New York and Australia so they can avoid “the deadly scourge of winter.”
NaNoWriMo. Westerfeld has been closely involved with the organization National Novel Writing Month, which provides support and resources for writers to commit to writing a novel in the month of November. In addition to sitting on NaNoWriMo’s Writers’ Board, participating as a writer, and giving one of their yearly pep talks, Westerfeld’s novel Afterworlds is about a young author whose novel from NaNoWriMo gets published.