Four New Uglies Novels

The video does not lie. I am returning to the world of Uglies with four new novels. The first is called Impostors, and IS OUT NOW.

You can get it in your local bookstore, or order it on IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Apple, and Google Play.

Perhaps you have some questions?

More of a comment than a question . . .


. . . watching that trailer, I thought it was a TV show or a movie!

Lol. Got you.

These are books. Four novels. We still like novels, right?

Sure. But will there be a movie?

Today’s news is about FOUR NEW NOVELS.

Okay. Are you writing them?

Of course!

I know, I’ve been doing collaborations to stretch myself lately—the Spill Zone graphic novels with Alex (read them online!) and the Zeroes series with Margo and Deb—but this is a solo project.

Where are these books set? Same world? Same time frame?

They take place in the Uglies future, after Tally’s revolution has changed everything. As she once said, “Freedom has a way of destroying things.” The Imposters series is about dealing with the consequences of ending the Pretty Regime. The story starts in a city where things did not work out well. Bad people are in charge.


Correct. But we also will travel to other cities where things aren’t all bad. This new series is about all the expressions of human nature that’ve popped up after more than ten years of social upheaval.

More than ten years! Is Tally in these books? (Wouldn’t she be, like, super old?)

Lol. She’s, like, THIRTY.

Yes, she is a character in the world. But she’s not a point-of-view character (in the first book, anyway). She’s more like a famous person in the background.

What’s Impostors about then?

A girl named Frey, who’s been raised from birth to pretend to be someone else. She’s a body double. A bodyguard. An impostor!

It’s about the roles that our parents and society force upon us, and how we fight to create our own identities, to invent selves that really belongs to us.

Is that Frey in the trailer?

Not really. This was more of a “Remember Uglies? There’s more!” reveal. There will be another trailer this summer that goes into the plot and characters of Impostors.

Where’s the cover?

Coming soon. It’s lovely.



Also lots of other cool new tech, never seen before in the Uglies universe.


Spy dust, suborbitals, lupine surgery, cyranos.

What do those words mean???

Read the book.

Why did you go back to the Uglies world after all this time?

The real world was, like, “Dude. Even stable-seeming democracies are built on seriously rickety underpinnings. Do you really think a bunch of recently awoken bubbleheads are going to make good choices?”

And I was, like, “Dude . . . ”


Yeah. Also I had a bunch of science fictional ideas kicking around in my head, and once I came up with Frey’s story, they all started to click.

But you said four books. What are the other three about?

This series mostly follow the adventures of Frey. But later on in the series, Tally (and some other familiar characters) will play a bigger role. The new Uglies world will get bigger and bigger.

There will be one book a year. A book every September till 2021!

Important question here: Is there any romance in Impostors?

There is! But the Love Interest doesn’t know who Frey really is, of course, because she’s an impostor—like in the title! So everything is very tricky, and also our pair are from different sides politically.

Hang on. A guy doesn’t really know who the heroine really is, and they’re on opposite sides? Isn’t that kind of like Leviathan?

Um, Frey isn’t pretending to be a boy. But yes, I do like to play with hidden identities and complicated politics and secrets. Romeo and Juliet is a Thing for a Reason!

Also, unlike with Alek and Deryn, this guy won’t take three frickin’ books to figure it out.



Wait. You’re writing both sides of this dialog. So this is just you laughing at your own joke.

I slay me.

Any other questions about Impostors?

Why isn’t it call Cakes?

It’s true. “Pretty” is the last word in Uglies, “special” is the last word in Pretties, “ugly” is the last word in Specials, and “cake” is the last word in Extras. So it should be called Cakes.

But the cake is a lie.

Why do you keep spelling it “Impostors” instead of “Imposters”?

Because an “imposter” is someone who works in an impost office. DO YOU WANT TO READ YA BOOKS ABOUT CUSTOMS OFFICIALS? (If you do, there’s probably fan fic.)

Okay. One last question . . . um, IS there ever going to an Uglies movie or TV show?


I mean, who knows with Hollywood? But maybe if Impostors is a HUGE bestseller . . .

If you have any more questions, put them in the comments below.

15 thoughts on “Four New Uglies Novels

  1. I’ve returned to the Westerblog! I don’t think I’ve posted on here since 2012! I weep.

    ANYWAY. Super excited, super missed this world, super loved the format of this post, but mentioning Leviathan here is a BIG TEASE, SCOTT!!! The ten year anniversary is next year! Should I start preparing my emotions and or wallet??

  2. I’m so beyond excited!!!! More books is WAY better than a movie or tv show that they would inevitably screw up :p

    Best news of 2018 so far! 😀

  3. It’s been nearly 10 years since I posted here… but I have returned to say OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS EXCITING NEWS. Only problem is I now live in South Korea, and I honestly don’t know whether I’ll be able to get them here, or whether they’ll be remotely affordable even if I can. Also, I own both covers of the first four, so if the cover design for the new four matches the new covers and not the originals, rather than being a completely new design, I will be sad. Benefit of living in Korea, though – if I can find them, no one will think there’s anything odd about a 23-year-old (or rather, by September I’ll be 24, and thus in September 2021 when the last one comes out I’ll be 27) reading teen fiction, because no one will know!
    Anyway my overall point is, yes very exciting hooray!

  4. Thanks to everyone for saying hi! Especially those of you who haven’t been here in a while. (Lizzy-wa! Moonie! Amy!) I’m glad you’re all still exited about BOOKS.

    Still planning on the How to Write YA book, Mike. A lot is already done, but I’ve been working on other stuff. It might be a podcast first . . .

    This makes me so happy~

    And yes. Those planted thoughts of ‘wait aftermath is going to be something totally different’ are… persistent. heheh. Thankfully~
    Four more books!! Wow! I know what to put on my wish list.

    Okay. Congrats!! And thank you for your continued efforts!!
    So exciting.

  6. Scott.

    I love you and your books. But seriously. I could have a baby in the time it’ll take to get these in my hands! How am I meant to keep still?! I read Uglies in 2006! Come on, friend. (Also, I’ve yet to get my hands on a copy with How David Got His Scar.)

  7. Ok, so I was stoked on a movie, I almost cried. But 4 books is awesome, and even though I’m almost 30 now, I’m sure they’ll still be interesting to read. Back in high school I loved all of your books, and all of your SciFi ideas. I’m excited to see what you come up with this time.

  8. Oh man this series got me into dystopian novels growing up as a teenager. I am beyond stoked.
    I can’t wait to dive in again with a new character. I’m glad Tally is a more of a background character at first. I feel like she had closure and it’s time to move on to how everyone else was affected.
    So exciting to see where you take it! After the revolution. After happily ever after. After freedom.

  9. I should probably finally read the first series, then. They’ve been on my shelf for ages. 😉

    As a super-Leviathan-fan, I feel like I should come to Alek’s defense and point out that he didn’t take three books. It happened around, what, a quarter into the third book, and he didn’t even *meet* Deryn until half-way through the first, so it was more like one and three-quarters books that it took him. Which is practically immediately for a fifteen-year-old boy to pick up on something about a girl.

    I hope this news eventually gets followed by news of a WWII story in the Leviathan-verse.

  10. Alright. I’m gonna be that person.

    What happened to the third Shay’s Story mangaaaaaa???? I wanted to see them as Specials! I wanted to see what happened in between Shay ditching Tally and then rescuing her from the hospital!! I love this series so much, I’ve been doing voice recordings of my favorite parts for YEARS!!! I even did recordings from the mangas!! I’m gonna cry if the last one doesn’t come out!

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