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David Revealed

February 9th, 2012

The voting for the next character reveal has swayed back and forth for the last week. It’s been so tight between David and Dr. Cable that I’m not even going to count the votes. I shall declare David the winner, and reveal Dr. Cable next week.

So without further ado, here is David:

Wouldn’t you love to see that dialog box on the left side? WOULDN’T YOU? Well, you’re not going to, because that would be wrong.

Shay’s Story begins about six months before Uglies, back when Shay and Zane are pals in an ugly gang known as the Crims. And, as related in the novels, Shay and Zane were going to run away to the Smoke with David’s help, but they “chickened out.” At least that’s what they told Tally.

Of course, the stories we tell about uncomfortable events in the past are often oversimplified. So I decided to come up with a more interesting reason for them to bail, resulting in Zane becoming pretty and Shay moping around until she meets Tally.

I won’t reveal here what really happened, but I can say without spoilage that Shay and David do spend a certain amount of time arguing . . .

Of course, as we all know from the novels, they do get together later in the Smoke.

There’s also some cavorting on the roller coaster . . .

One thing I liked about writing Shay’s Story (with Devin Grayson) was revisiting key locales from the original novels, like the roller coaster. Especially since we get to SEE them now. I love the way that artist Steven Cummings has made the Rusty Ruins come alive. (Well, it’s kind of dead. But you know what I mean.) In fact, I think I’ll do a whole reveal just for the Ruins.

Anyway, that’s it for this reveal. Next week it’s the deliciously evil Dr. Cable!

You can pre-order Shay’s Story at Indie Bound,, or Amazon. Or buy it on March 6 at a proper bookstore.

62 Responses to “David Revealed”

  1. 1
    February 9th, 2012 03:48

    Hooray! David this week and Dr. cable next! I can’t wait! ‘t would be quite interesting to see the Rusty Ruins in all their glory.

  2. 2
    February 9th, 2012 03:49

    Ooh, I love this week’s reveal!

  3. 3
    February 9th, 2012 03:49

    Woah! Know what I just realized? I was the first commenter :)

  4. 4
    Silent Pages
    February 9th, 2012 03:52

    *camps out in front of mailbox, waiting for preordered copy to arrive* Must… Acquire… Shay’s Story. *-*

  5. 5
    February 9th, 2012 03:53

    Hey did anybody else notice the contact Scott button isn’t working?

  6. 6
    February 9th, 2012 03:57

    Looks really good.. I can’t wait foor it to come out.

  7. 7
    February 9th, 2012 04:55

    this is so cool!!! i really like the rollercoaster picture!

  8. 8
    February 9th, 2012 05:21

    To make the contact Scott button work you have to click on the “click here” not the “to contact Scott Westerfeld” part. I kept doing that and I was like, Why won’t this work?!?!

  9. 9
    February 9th, 2012 05:24

    Unless it’s not actually working. It worked for me though.

  10. 10
    February 9th, 2012 06:14

    Still not working for me… maybe its my computer…

  11. 11
    February 9th, 2012 06:22

    Whistling… oh, look, im the first person i kno to comment for davids reveil!haha sophie, zaliz-la, m@x, levi, and everyone else! Omg i lurv davids hair, ya know, how its all… futuristic… and angular… its cool

  12. 12
    February 9th, 2012 06:23

    Whoa, i never realized theres a contact scott westerfeld button! Hehe…

  13. 13
    February 9th, 2012 06:25

    Maybe i will send in some fanart. Im sure i hav some somewhere…

  14. 14
    February 9th, 2012 06:26

    Omg i just realized tally has a tri- ponytail. I wonder if icould do that with my hair…shudders… ok, maybe not.

  15. 15
    February 9th, 2012 06:28

    Bye, maybe tomorrow.

  16. 16
    February 9th, 2012 06:30

    I don’t like the sideburns. Too… 1965.

  17. 17
    February 9th, 2012 06:34

    @14- Dummkopf! That was Shay!

  18. 18
    February 9th, 2012 06:51

    @17-Hey, be nice :D

    I was afraid David was going to look weird, but he doesn’t, of course! Yay!

  19. 19
    Middy Miles
    February 9th, 2012 07:19

    Salt! Go over to FAF for our Westerobsessor meetings! Just thought you should know.

  20. 20
    February 9th, 2012 07:48

    OMG! So cool! How did you do that???

  21. 21
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    February 9th, 2012 07:59

    @20-do what?

  22. 22
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    February 9th, 2012 07:59

    Oh and love David

  23. 23
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    February 9th, 2012 08:00


  24. 24
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    February 9th, 2012 08:03

    @11-or so you think! I knew about it! Just waiting for one of y’all to come

  25. 25
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    February 9th, 2012 08:04

    @17-correction- it was Shay-la

  26. 26
    February 9th, 2012 08:56

    Bleh, I don’t like him so much. He looks too… polished. And less smiley. He always seemed pretty chill in the books. So far Shay’s really been my favorite, looks-wise.
    Hoping for a ridiculously awesome Dr. Cable next week!

  27. 27
    February 9th, 2012 09:22

    I like it. I always imagined him a little differently, but it’s nice. One question:

  28. 28
    February 9th, 2012 12:17

    I love the detail of the hair :) You can totally tell he “cut it himself” or something like that! No fancy hair cutting tools for this Smokie :3 Despite that though, he still doesn’t look rough-n-tumble enough as I imagined. Either way, these reveals are like torture!!! Why isn’t it March already?!

  29. 29
    February 9th, 2012 14:56

    It’s weird, but even though he looks perfect it’s not how I imagined him! He seems so… brooding… and I imagined him a little more goofy looking. But that’s the magic of books; different interpretations of characters :) He looks amazing! So excited.

  30. 30
    February 9th, 2012 17:03

    @ Millie- I have a feeling that the scar will happen later in the story, seeing as how he doesn’t have it now…
    And you’re right, i’d also imagined him a little differently…Still, I like it.

  31. 31
    February 10th, 2012 01:02

    I was just on Goodreads, where there is a copy of Shay’s Story being given away!!! I entered (of course) and I’m now desperately hoping that I win this ARC so I can give it stellar reviews (because my review, sadly, will be incredibly biased, even though it shouldn’t be.)

  32. 32
    February 10th, 2012 01:41

    Yay! Finally^^ I already put this on my blog:) Thanks<3
    Next is Cable! cant wait

  33. 33
    February 10th, 2012 01:42

    Hooooray^^ wanna see Cable. i love the rollercoaster pic. hugs from Hungary

  34. 34
    February 10th, 2012 01:55

    Can’t wait for Cable!

  35. 35
    February 10th, 2012 01:57

    Not at all how I imagined him… but then again, I never really had a clear image of him in my mind. Plus, he’s David!!!!!!!

  36. 36
    February 10th, 2012 07:16

    I’ve finally started reading Uglies! (I Know, kind of late.) The first sentence is interesting.

  37. 37
    February 10th, 2012 07:51

    The first sentence of the book.

  38. 38
    February 10th, 2012 11:18

    Wow, amazing stuff. So excited to see David and looking forward to more.

  39. 39
    February 10th, 2012 17:19

    The first sentence of Uglies is: “The late summer sky was the color of cat vomit”

  40. 40
    February 10th, 2012 20:20

    And the pig mask was the same color.

  41. 41
    February 11th, 2012 01:42

    Yay David!!!! “Wouldn’t you love to see that dialog box on the left side? WOULDN’T YOU? Well, you’re not going to, because that would be wrong.” that’s nice of you Scott. ROLLER COASTER PICTURE ROCKS MY SOCKS!!!!! Steven Cummings is just awesome like that.

  42. 42
    February 11th, 2012 01:42

    @39 I’ve seen cat vomit, it’s not pretty.

  43. 43
    February 11th, 2012 01:44

    OMG this is not how I imagined him AT ALL. I didn’t think he had bangs. That was totally mind-blowing.

    WOOT #41!

  44. 44
    February 11th, 2012 04:21

    I have a question for Scott: does the first manga book end when shay gets pretty surge or when tally gets it (like in the original Uglies)

  45. 45
    February 11th, 2012 05:51

    Dr. Cable should be interesting to see in manga.

  46. 46
    February 11th, 2012 08:15

    Finished Uglies!

  47. 47
    February 11th, 2012 08:17

    Only the first book named Uglies.

  48. 48
    February 11th, 2012 09:58

    A hovercar would be cool to see.

  49. 49
    February 11th, 2012 21:04

    No one here?

  50. 50
    February 11th, 2012 21:06


  51. 51
    February 12th, 2012 00:22

    So David is cute. And I’m starting to really LOVE Shay’s look. I think my favorite scene in the Uglies is the roller coaster so thanks for the sneak preview! I can’t want to see more of the Rusty Ruins and… um.. Disneyland.

  52. 52
    February 12th, 2012 07:51


  53. 53
    February 12th, 2012 09:11

    I’ve been to Disneyland. And Disneyworld. They are AWESOME!!

  54. 54
    February 12th, 2012 09:13

    Midway Mania is the best ride in Disneyworld. Long line, though.

  55. 55
    February 12th, 2012 09:14

    @51: Oh wait, was the Disneyland in your comment a pun on the roller coaster?

  56. 56
    February 12th, 2012 09:15

    Whoops, my rant may have been useless.

  57. 57
    February 12th, 2012 09:16

    Most of these comments are useless though, right?

  58. 58
    February 12th, 2012 17:37

    Scott! You didn’t even count! ;o
    Oh well, now I’ll go Cable-crazy for another week! >;’D

  59. 59
    February 28th, 2012 00:22

    1: he’s suppossed to be ugly and hes reli not …. just saying. and 2: major part of him is MIA … wheres his scar???

  60. 60
    March 7th, 2012 03:19


  61. 61
    March 13th, 2012 04:15

    I love it!! David and Shay are my favorite characters in the whole series XD I can’t believe a graphic novel is being made for this series, I’m so excited!!

  62. 62
    March 22nd, 2012 09:23

    Ok, he really looks completely different from what I imagine him to be. I mean, for a smokie, he has a quite a futuristic hair cut. So yea.

    And I agree with Char-la, where is his scar??

    but nonetheless, he looks cute~!

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