Specials by Scott Westerfeld

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 Book 3 (Book 1: Uglies, Book 2: Pretties)

Novel Summation:

“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. he 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.

My Thoughts:

I am so sad that this is the end of the trilogy. I have enjoyed reading these books so much. Scott Westerfeld makes reading the books an adventure and incredibly enjoyable. There was never one moment where I was bored. He has created a universe that is completely engaging. Tally returns in the book as a Special. The things she has feared most. Shay made her a Special just like herself after Tally’s many betrayals towards her. However, Tally, Shay and the Cutters aren’t your regular Specials. They are special Specials. They get the name  Cutters from inflicting self harm on theirselves to get an “icy” mindset. In the icy mindset it is just like being bubbly but better. The whole series is about succession. You go from being ugly to pretty. Being pretty means being average. It is what everyone is suppose to be. However, if you are Special you are better than average. The terms are literal but they have such deep meaning. Everyone returns in this book from Andrew Simpson Smith, David, Fausto, Zane, Shay, Dr.Cable, and more. The whole book consists of change. Society’s change and Tally’s change. I feel sorry for Tally. She is always forced into situations or made into things that she doesn’t want. In my opinion she never goes back to being who she use to be. Then again after all she has experienced she can’t go back. She really matures in the book although this isn’t very obvious. You also pity Tally because since she is a Special she sees things differently and that effects her relationship with Zane. It makes the relationship very hard. Her declaration at the end of the book was strong and it was probably the best decision she has made. David isn’t in the book too much but he remains a driving force behind all that is going on. Zane appears in the book and is battling with the brain damage done my taking ony one pill. This book has one main character dying and it brought me to tears. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. It has such a powerful message that needs to be shared.

Future Books:

Specials was the last book in the trilogy but there is a companion books called Extras. It involves some familiar characters but the main character is a girl named Aya. It takes place after the revolution that occurred in Specials. Also, there is Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider’s Guide to the World of Uglies.

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