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Specials (edition 2007)

by Scott Westerfeld, Rodrigo Corral (Designer)

Series: Uglies (3)

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Title:Specials
Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Other authors:Rodrigo Corral (Designer)
Info:Simon Pulse (2007), Edition: 1, Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***
Tags:own, library sale, young adult, read2012, uglies series, adventure, environment, futuristic

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  englisherna | Apr 8, 2015 |
This is a fun book, full of adventure. But it's still just as predictable as [b:Pretties|24768|Pretties (Uglies, #2)|Scott Westerfeld|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388314207s/24768.jpg|1568076]. So, Tally is Special now. What do you think is going to be the plot of this book? Since the plot of the last book was to cure Pretties, the plot of this book is (of course) to cure Specials. Big fucking surprise.

One of the things that confuses me about this series, is Tally and her allegiance, if she does in fact have any allegiance at all. Because, in the first book, she betrays the Smokies. In the 2nd book, she tries to help the Smokies. Then, in this book, shes a Special who hunts Smokies as a profession. What the bloody fuck?

Then, there's Tally's best friend Shay. Or, wait a minute, I mean her most hated enemy Shay. Oh wait, they're friends again. I don't fucking know. Nobody knows if these chicks hate each other or just totally want to get it on. I'm pretty sure they're hot for each other.

But, I digress. This is still a great book. I'd highly recommend it to people who like the whole Young Adult scene. But, make sure to start with the [b:Uglies|24770|Uglies (Uglies, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358962036s/24770.jpg|2895388] book, or you will have no idea what the fuck is going on in this book. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
Tally met the Specials in the first book of this series. They were described as cruelly beautiful. A beautiful face like a wolf, that strikes fear in the heart of those who see it. Now Tally has become a special, her body has been surgically enhanced into a fighting machine and programmed to keep the uglies subservient and the pretties ‘bubble-headed’. But as usual, there is a voice in her head trying to get her to think about what she is doing.

Once again Tally is being manipulated by those in charge, when Tally realizes this, she also realizes it is up to her to fix things. How she does this makes for an exciting conclusion to this series.

I enjoyed every book in this series and recommend them all. I would suggest they be read in order for maximum enjoyment ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
The end of Tally's story as the main protagonist was better than the previous two installments as she, finally, took some control over her own life instead of being manipulated by everyone around her. One has to wonder if Westerfeld's point in telling this story was to reiterate how little control one has over their own life and if your decisions are ever truly your own. ( )
  literaryperuser | Feb 11, 2015 |
3.5 stars

Better than Pretties, but not as good as Uglies. I didn't like how each book in the trilogy followed the exact same plot. And the ending to the love triangle seemed, flat.

I got my hopes up for this series and while it was enjoyable, I don't really understand the hype. ( )
  pdbkwm | Sep 8, 2014 |
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Specials is part parable of life as an adolescent struggling to define your identity in a conformist world; part dark and unflinching look at the very real mental disorders that this impossible circumstance visits upon many young people.
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Epigraph
Part I: Being Special

By plucking her petals you do

not gather the beauty of the flower.

- Rabindranath Tagore, "Stray Birds"
Dedication
To all the fans who've written me about this series. Thanks for telling me what was right, what was wrong, and which bits made you throw the book across the room. (You know who you are.)
First words
The six hoverboards slipped among the trees with the lightning grace of playing cards thrown flat and spinning.
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Part II: Tracking Zane

When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty,

There arises the recognition of ugliness.

When they all know the good as good,

There arises the recognition of evil.

- Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
Part III: Unmaking War

One faces the future with one's past.

- Pearl S. Buck
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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689865406, Hardcover)

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:43 -0400)

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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, the clarity and focus of her thinking feels 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 to 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.… (more)

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