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Specials

Westerfeld, Scott

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Specials
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When she is turned into a super-modelesque super-fighting machine, Tally, a former ugly, is ordered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid in a carefully engineered world of perfection where she refuses to play by the rules.

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Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2011, c2006
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed
ISBN: 9781442430082
1442430087
9781442419797
1442419792
9781439106501
Branch Call Number: y WESTERFEL 2011
Characteristics: 350 p. ;,22 cm

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When she is turned into a super-modelesque super-fighting machine, Tally, a former ugly, is ordered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid in a carefully engineered world of perfection where she refuses to play by the rules.


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Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tally definitely had it coming, but loved how the character development happens through the phases. Now wait til the poop hits the fan, will Tally be able to outrun and outplay Dr. Cable? Will she remember her former life? Great ending to the trilogy.

Jun 17, 2013
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Score one for Tally.

I'm now waiting for the 3rd book. Thus is an amazing series. Thanks to my school librarian, if she didn't recommend this series to me, I wouldn't have read it.

It is finally time for me to review the book Speicals, after falling in love with Uglies and Pretties, I was excited to read the last book of the series to see how it all works out. After I finished the book, as well as the series, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the book. It was interesting but complicated as well. Tally has just gone through a surgery and is now a special – something she has dreaded for a long time. Everything is perfect and just as it should be. Tally and Shay are re-united and are best friends and is now a cutter. She can intimidate and scare people, and have any surgery she wants. There’s just something missing, a little thought in the back of her mind that makes this feel no so right. For me this book just felt a bit, rushed. Now that the main characters have gone through a surgery that made them Specials, the characters all seem more different now.
Especially Tally.
She just didn’t seem like the brave girl I admired in the first book. I missed the shy, morally right girl that whizzed by on hover boards for fun. It might have been because of the operation but honestly, I liked Shay much better than Tally in this book. I used to see her as a confident girl who was so morally right, but she just seemed very selfish and whiny in this book. Even though this was the ending of the series, it just didn’t seem like that. There could be another book after this and it wouldn’t make a difference, it was a good story, just not the ending of a bunch of stories. Don’t get me wrong, this book was fast paced, exciting and a suspense filled read, it just wasn’t I what I expected it to be. However, there were some great morals in this story and the plot line wasn’t too bad as well. Overall it was an enjoyable read, even though some scenes were a bit cluttered and complicated, it just added to the excitement of the book. Like his other books, Scott Westerfeld’s titles are so self-explanatory, simple yet meaningful. The fact that it is just the one word Specials, show that when you are a special that is really all you care about. You, and maybe other specials, there really isn’t room for anyone else. Overall, the book was an exciting read and does provide a bit of a ending to those who have read Uglies and Pretties. Even though Specials was a bit of a let down compared to Uglies and Pretties, it was still an exhilarating read with a little bit of an insight of how we leave Tally and Diego.

I found Specials a bit slow at the start, but after a while I got hooked in, and found the book great. I still think Uglies is the best book in the series, but I'd definately reccomend it to anyone who has read Uglies or Pretties. However,(spoiler alert!) I found it annoying that Tally immediately latched on to David after Zane died. Why do all girl characters have to have a man? I thought a guy author would understand this, but obviously not. But read it, it's a great book! :-)

Sep 22, 2012
  • EvilLibrarianz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Zane :'( Noo! I liked Zane better than David..

Sep 16, 2012
  • tellybelly123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Yet, I liked "Uglies" and "Pretties" better than "Specials." I found it was full of lots of action, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Sep 11, 2012
  • falconergirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i loved the books. i love how each one has there own twists. that keep you wanting to read more. and everyone that is complanning by the specials ended and says that it didnt finish the trilogy there is a forth book called extras.

Sep 08, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Things start to get a little repetitive by this latest installment of the series that began with Uglies and continued with Pretties. How many more times can the main character get brainwashed and then think her way out of it? Pre-brainwashed Tally from Uglies was the most compelling character.

This installment is the heaviest on action, and I wonder why this series hasn’t been made into a blockbuster movie or five yet. Is it because there are no ugly actors?

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Jul 15, 2013
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Aug 15, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The last book of the trilogy. Tally is now transformed into the one thing she used to despise the most- a Special. Along with her best friend Shay, they've now been programmed to hunt the New Smoke- but they're in for a special surprise.

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