3 October, 2012



Vow to the Older Book is a meme hosted by me (Sam @SIK Book Reviews).

I vow to read one “older” book per month in an attempt to break away from the book reviewer’s tendency to only read/review new releases.
To participate and/or to see full rules, please visit my Vow to the Older Book page.


Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld


Pub Date: May 9, 2006
My Copy: eBook, 245 pages

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Tally thought they were a rumour, but now she’s one of them. A Special. A superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn’t better than anything she’s ever known. Tally still has memories of something else.

But it’s easy for her to tune that out — until she’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 Review
While reading Specials, I couldn’t help feeling that I was reading basically the same story as the first two in the series, Uglies and Pretties, just with some adjustments.  These books seem to have a guideline that they all follow — turn Tally and her friends into something they didn’t want to be, Tally forgets that she didn’t want to be that way and enjoys it, Tally goes through some stuff that ultimately changes her mind back to remembering who she was before and how she doesn’t actually want to be the way she currently is, Tally tries to save the world.  It just felt a bit monotonous and like I was reading the same story over and over again.
With that said, I did somewhat enjoy Specials.  It was interesting to learn more about the people who are Special Circumstances — through Tally being one — and why they act and think the way they do, after reading about them in the previous books.  I still think that the premise behind these books is a unique and interesting one.  
In this book, Tally and a lot of her friends are Specials.  They go around trying to find and destroy the Smoke, which they loved so much in the previous books.  Tally and Shay are friends again and they both hate David, as they blame him for what happened to Zane.  Tally is a different person for part of this novel, just like she was a Pretty in Pretties.  She goes through many ups and downs, while trying to figure herself out.  As I said above, it was interesting to see Tally as a Special, because the reader is able to gain more information about Specials and to truly understand them.  Neither David nor Zane had prominent roles in Specials.  In fact, they were barely in the book at all, which was disappointing.  
Overall, I am glad to have completed this trilogy (I will not be reading the latest edition, Extras, as I feel the story was wrapped up nicely with Specials and I just don’t care to read any more about this world).  I somewhat enjoyed the series, but it wasn’t one of my favourites.  I would recommend the series to younger teens, rather than older teens/adults.  I will also say that I liked how Specials ended.

A Peek Inside the Book:

“What did Dr. Cable do to us, Shay? Do we
have some kind of special lesions in our brains?
Something that makes everyone else look
pathetic? Like we’re better than them?”
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