J. FitzGerald McCurdy is the author of the international best-selling fantasy trilogy comprising: The Serpent’s Egg, The Burning Crown, and The Twisted Blade. Her second trilogy, The Mole Wars, met with similar success. The Fire Demons and The Black Pyramid will be followed by Guardians of Fire in 2009. McCurdy lives in Ottawa, Canada.
A Special Hero
This is one essay from the anthology Mind-Rain
Set in a future where cosmetic surgery is a requirement at age 16 and attractiveness is mandated, Scott Westerfeld’s popular Uglies series has received critical acclaim from the press and public alike. Chock-full of action, adventure and teenage rebellion, there’s no question why Uglies has attracted thousands of fans. In Mind-Rain, popular authors examine the series and delve into the underlying themes. What sort of critiques are Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras making about the real world? Is there more behind Tally, David and Shay?
Mind-Rain is a collection of smart, analytical and completely unauthorized eessays on Scott Westerfeld’s wildly popular Uglies series. Westerfeld’s written introduction gives readers insight from the person who knows the series best!
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About the Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of five science fiction novels for adults and three sets of books for young adults, including Midnighters and Uglies. Born in Texas, Westerfeld splits his time between New York City and Sydney, Australia.