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Return to Book Page. Preview — Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld. That’s why a guide to the world of uglies has been requisitioned from the hole in the wall. A rundown on all the cliques, from Crims and Cutters to tech-heads and surge-monkeys The complete history, starting with the destruction of the oil bug to the launch of Extras in space How all those awesome gadgets came to be: And so much more, it’s mind-wrecking.

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Apr 29, SR rated it it was ok Shelves: Westerfeld seems so pleased about being a geek that he forgets that it’s important to get science right. Recent HTS operate at, oh, deg C. But those were only developed inafter the publication of this book.

The writing is ambiguous to the point of incoherence: And yes, there’s a good chance he meant the first option. However, his job is writing; he’s supposed to be good at this crap.

Bubblg technology has been around since This is just etymology fail.

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But if you’re going to informally teach kids about science as part of a guide to the worldbuilding of a popular dystopian sci-fi series, and this is the only way some of them are going to get access to this information, please, please, PLEASE do your research.

Anyway, this is a problem I’ve had with Westerfeld a lot – the mythology of Midnighters doesn’t hold up at all when you look at it, and it seems he goes for Rule of Cool a lot more than accuracy and realistic extrapolation, and overall he’s bogks way bbubbly nerd-fandomy than actually nerdy. Which makes me sad.

View all 7 comments. Feb 01, Erin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who has read one of the Uglies books. Bogus to Bubbly takes fans of Westerfeld’s Uglies series behind the scenes.

For anyone who hasn’t read any of the Uglies books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras – the series is a futuristic look at what could happen down the road, told first from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Tally.

In the future, children are considered Uglies as soon as they turn twelve, until they reach the age of sixteen and can have the surgery that turns them into a Pretty. The Uglies series is one of my favor Bogus to Bubbly takes fans of Westerfeld’s Uglies series behind the scenes. The Uglies series is one of my favorites, so this book was much appreciated. Westerfeld explained what happened between our era the “Rusty” periodand the major downturn our society took as too many people inhabited the planet, used too many resources, and basically exhausted the earth.

He also explained how he came up with some of the ideas, and gave background on many of the concepts used in his books. If you’ve ever read one of Westerfeld’s Uglies books, you’ll definitely want to check this book out! Jan 28, Lacey Louwagie rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you liked the Uglies trilogy, you’ll like this book. I loved it, not because it’s so super-fantastic, but because it brought me back to the world of the Uglies, and it was nice to revisit with “new” material.


I appreciate Scott Westerfeld’s tone, which is conversational without being condescending, as well as the range of topics covered here — from the science of beauty to a hoverboard instruction manual. Also included are neat little tidbits that Scott was probably just bursting to tell peo If you liked the Uglies trilogy, you’ll like this book.

Also included are neat little tidbits that Scott was probably just bursting to tell people, like how many times the phrase, “I love you,” is said in the series only twice or that each book ends with the word that is the name for the subsequent book. Well, now he got his chance, and I’m glad he did.

Dec 11, Josiah rated it liked it. I suspect some fans pick up Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider’s Guide to the World of Uglies expecting a fifth novel in the series, and it isn’t surprising that they walk away disappointed.

Seen as nonfiction, however, Bogus to Bubbly is likely to elicit positive appraisal from Uglies cognoscenti. Scott Westerfeld proves himself as skilled at expository writing as he is in imagining a dystopian future, blending writing instruction, informative pieces about advanced technology, and sociological commen I suspect some fans pick up Bogus to Bubbly: Scott Westerfeld proves himself as skilled at expository writing as he is in imagining a dystopian future, blending writing instruction, informative pieces about advanced technology, and sociological commentary on the Uglies universe with a fresh influx of the wisdom that places this series on a pedestal above most contemporary teen literature.

Bogus to Bubbly revisits philosophical highlights of UgliesPrettiesSpecialsand Extrasarticulating them in greater depth and with a superb sense of humor. It isn’t like the four novels of the main series, but I’d rank Bogus to Bubbly behind only Uglies and Specials in terms of quality, and that makes it a remarkable book. When Scott Westerfeld writes about the Uglies world, he almost always hits his mark.

Major fans of the series may have already heard Westerfeld’s entertaining anecdote about coming up with the concept for the Uglies books, but it’s repeated here. It’s usually to our lasting gain when a talented author begins pondering a quirk of the social order and decides it should be made into a story. The section on hoverboard maintenance and operation reads like a user’s manual and is somewhat dry, as is the geography chapter featuring maps of America as it exists in Tally Youngblood’s day, but stick with it: Those who have elected to read Bogus to Bubbly before the main series might want to reconsider, as a historical review of the Uglies timeline comes next, starting with the Rusties who nearly drove humans to extinction by stripping earth of all its natural resources, and then delineating the events of Tally’s revolution and on beyond the end of Extras.

Key plot points may be spoiled if you haven’t read the novels, so I recommend saving Bogus to Bubbly until afterward. If it’s been a while since you read the series, these histories will jog your memory so the rest of the book is more enjoyable. Addressing life phases in the Uglies paradigm, Westerfeld points out that littlies, uglies, and pretties are officially discouraged from intermingling.

It allowed the government to control each age group in its own way, by rewarding the behavior they wanted from that group. Peer pressure is effectively leveraged to keep us in line with societal standards, but we miss out on much by not exposing ourselves to the attitudes and opinions of people of other ages and backgrounds, and it limits our life perspective. It’s sad when we buy into the notion that people should only be friends with individuals like themselves.

An examination follows of the cliques in the series, from Crims to Cutters to Radical Honesty, before diving into the most insightful chapter of Bogus to BubblyThe Science of Beauty. We’re reminded of what the surgery to make new pretties entails, enlarging their eyes and lips to create an appearance of childlike harmlessness and instinctively trigger others to feel protective over them. The surge also perfects facial symmetry, creating a pleasingly proportional look.

Westerfeld delves into what we perceive as beauty and why, presenting biological reasons for it. Human courtship and mating are nuanced conventions, and the storyline in Uglies carefully adheres to its tenets. Certain concepts in this section are especially attention-getting, such as the fact that for most of human history, low life expectancy made it impractical to mate with anyone older than twenty.


Young people rarely have the resources, education, or experience needed to raise kids. This conflict between evolutionary programming and social reality causes many of the conflicts of being a modern-day teenager. We’re biologically hardwired to seek young partners. But Westerfeld isn’t finished with his compelling observations on this subject.

The “exposure effect”, the scientific theory that things and people we see most often appeal to us regardless of whether they’re objectively attractive, plays a significant role in the mating game. It means that the people who know us best—our parents and children, our best friends and true loves—ultimately ‘forget’ what we look like. How symmetrical or clear-skinned we are disappears into the experiences we’ve shared with someone. After a certain point, it’s just like David said to Tally: The “averaging hypothesis”, which suggests that people actually gravitate toward average-looking faces that contain a variety of genetic features, also has implications that deserve further thought.

People may find averaged faces attractive as a whole, but the most beautiful faces tend to be non-average in some way. So looking weird can be a whole other kind of attractive that’s hard to pin down with statistics.

Being attractive is mostly about how we conduct ourselves, and unlike the angles and shape of our face, that’s entirely within our control. Next we get a rundown on the cutting-edge gadgetry in the series, from interface bracelets to eyescreens to bungee jackets to self-heating food.

Several of these inventions already existed in some form when Uglies debuted inand Westerfeld describes in detail the possible future of their development. Since hoverboarding is integral to the plot of all the books, magnetic levitation is given its own chapter.

We move on to an explanation of character names in the series, and Westerfeld intersperses his mini lecture on linguistic logistics with excellent tips for aspiring writers, as well as the “Panzercrappitastica Bonechomper” joke that had me laughing out loud for about a minute.

Tremendous thought went into the characters’ names, and Westerfeld’s exposition of his process is illuminating for lovers of the writer’s craft. This continues in a chapter on creating believable futuristic slang, where Westerfeld’s observations are spot-on as usual.

Not only are his tips invaluable for students of writing, but they tell us a lot about the evolution of human language, why we use the words we do and how those words are likely to change in the decades and centuries ahead.

We return to hard science with a treatise on nanoscale machinery, both as it occurs in the fres world and the ways humans have synthesized nanos in hopes of monumental medical bogux in the future.

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Nanos pose troublesome risks, but their potential benefit to mankind is virtually immeasurable. The Uglies series gives a preview of what a future with controlled nanotechnology could look like, and it’s exciting. Extras is chronologically set apart from the first three Rfee novels, bbubly it stands to reason it would have a section of its own in Bogus to Bubbly focused on the book’s reputation economy.

It’s the most interesting idea of Extrasin my opinion, and Westerfeld demonstrated spectacular foresight into the immediate future of the internet, even predicting that people would come to rely on answers provided via the net more than the opinion of traditional experts.

If a bibbly people look at a puzzle, chances are that one of them knows the answer. Or maybe ten people each know one piece, and that’s enough to put it all together. Reputation economy has existed to some degree for millennia, but the internet age provided new frontiers it would rush to fill, and in the tradition of pioneering science fiction authors Jules Verne, George Orwell, and Orson Scott Card, Scott Westerfeld anticipated bbubly future trends.