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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

February 1st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: “Special Circumstances”:

The words have sent chills down Tally’s spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor — frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally’s never been ordinary.

And now she’s been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.

Still, it’s easy to tune that out — until Tally’s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete. Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.

This is the 3rd book in the Uglies trilogy and while it was a good book it did not grab me as much as Uglies did.  In a way it was sort of a repeat of Pretties taken up to another level.  Tally once again has been transformed without her consent and has to “rewire” herself to remember who she really is.  There is continued tension between she and Shay which I was really hoping would get resolved in a happy way.  I would have liked to see more interaction between Tally and Zane.  The ending was a little cheesy but I am satisfied.

Stop here if you don’t want any spoilers.

I have to say I was satisfied with the ending except that Zane was killed off!  That really bugged me.  In Pretties it was such a big deal how “bubbly” Zane was and how Tally chose him over David.  In Specials Zane is pretty crippled and is portrayed in a pretty sad light.  Tally is disgusted by his averageness and it never really gets resolved until he dies and even then you never really know what would have happened between teh two of them if he was cured.  What I also found cheesy is how she ends up back with David and goes off to live with him.  There wasn’t much build up as to why she started to like him again and it seems so sudden after Zane’s death that you really have to wonder about Tally’s fickleness.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Angelica

    I’m so sad now…I really quite liked Zane for Tally more so than David, not because of David’s “ugliness” but just because Zane seemed to really love her and seemed to have done more for her emotionally. Eg. towards the end of Pretties she realizes that her “bubbliness” was all due to Zane being with her and loving her, so I thought that they had more of a connection than Tally and David and so sad to find out that Zane actually dies.

    My “ideal” ending would have been Tally and Zane getting back together and maybe Shay and David getting back together, but I’m really hating Shay in the end of Pretties and just in the first or 2nd chapter of Specials.

  2. dsuzuki

    I totally agree. Tally and Zane seemed to have something more real going on. It would have been nice to see Shay finally happy with someone.

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