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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials (edition 2007)

by Scott Westerfeld, Rodrigo Corral (Designer)

Series: Uglies (3)

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

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The completion of the series.

The book was OK...but I think I am ready for the end of it.

Scott Westerfeld is a great author, and I will read more by him. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
The completion of the series.

The book was OK...but I think I am ready for the end of it.

Scott Westerfeld is a great author, and I will read more by him. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
This book was a rather unsatisfying installment in the Uglies series. Things were just all over the places, events weren't described well, and some things just wrapped up all too neatly. Tally became more annoying, and by the end of the book I wasn't fond of any of the characters. ( )
  Stormydawnc | Jun 23, 2014 |
The Good: Specials answers all the questions and wraps the trilogy up in a decent little bow. I loved the look at the Specials, especially in relation to the Pretties and the Uglies. Lots of action. Some decent twists I didn't see coming.

The Bad: The story felt rushed. Tally was way more obnoxious than usual. The ending was sort of disappointing, satisfaction-wise. ( )
  TequilaReader | May 19, 2014 |
The third book in The Uglies series starts of with Tally changing again and this time being Special which is one of the worst things that could have happened to her. Shay seems to really like being Special as you can barely feel any emotions and they have effects such superiority over others and sudden aggression. Tally acts much different in this book than she does in the first two books as she is actually trying to get rid of the people who make up the New Smoke. She acts very aggressively to other people when she goes to the party and she does not seem to remember how important the Smoke was to her and helped Shay and the Cutters find a "victim". After the party, we find out it was an ambush and the Smokies steam a Cutter by using sneak suits allowing them to basically become invisible and sticks that cause massive damage. Shay is determined not tell Dr.Cable of this and she helps Tally setup Zane to go to the New Smoke so they can finally find out where it actually is. In the journey, Tally and Shay get separated because Shay needed to use a waypoint while Tally had to follow the group and then Tally finds herself being attracted to Zane once again but then randomly feeling superior to him and feeling disgusted shortly after. Tally definitely changes a bit for the better after the journey and then she successfully reaches the New Smoke which is actually named Diego. Tally could never have thought of this but the New Smoke was actually an entire city and they allowed pretties to flock with the uglies with no sort of "racism" if you will. She then meets the kidnapped Cutter and he tries to make her take the cure to become normal. Obviously, she says no and she later gets taken by the wardens when she makes the mistake of almost destroying her arms. After that, it becomes full of action and Tally finds out for the first time in over 300 years there was war between her home town and Diego and Dr.Cable is basically the general. Tally knows she must return home to stop this war as Zane has already died as a lot of damage has been done to his brain and she is trying to stop the damage. You should read this book (which is the last book in the series)if you want to find out what happens at the end and see if Tally can successfully stop an entire war by herself. Like the other two books in the series this book is filled with action and filled with suspense
  TomasJefferson | Apr 10, 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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Part I: Being Special

By plucking her petals you do

not gather the beauty of the flower.

- Rabindranath Tagore, "Stray Birds"
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.)
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The six hoverboards slipped among the trees with the lightning grace of playing cards thrown flat and spinning.
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.

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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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