When I was in intermediate school I went on a Scott Westerfeld series binge. I read all of Midnighters and all of the Uglies books. I was obsessed with the Uglies quartet. I wanted to live in that world; I thought it would be amazing. Basically I wanted to live in that world as much as I wanted to go to Hogwarts. Rereading this series now has got me thinking about my feelings as a child because when you think about it we do live in the Uglies world.
We live in a world where having enough Instagram and Twitter followers can get you free stuff like the hole in the wall in Extras where facerank and merits let you get cooler things. People are constantly doing reckless things for more likes and follows.
Our phones (which are always honest because let’s be honest we’re addicted) are constantly tracking our location, every search we do and we can even interact and ask for information. This is so similar to the city interface which will tell you exactly where other people are and who’s with them. Granted, some of these are a bit more extreme than our current technology.
There are technologies in development that are similar to sneak suits, you have people with body modifications and surgery to look certain ways. Granted, none of this is to the extreme as it is in the Uglies trilogy but the world is just our world today on steroids.
Even the forms of travel are exaggerated from what we have. We have the helicopters but theirs are just one step more. They’re silent. They have the hoverboards that tech enthusiasts and companies are striving for. They’re just working to skip the metal grid.