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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. This disappointed me so much I really loved Uglies and there was a lot to admire about Pretties but I found this to be a highly unsatisfactory conclusion I m still trying to figure out why it so completely failed to work for me I think mostly it s a case of character development Tally goes through a lot of mental and emotional changes in these books which makes sense because her brain is being fucked with In the first two books Westerfeld took the time to explore these transitions and Tally s growth was really interesting However by the time we get to book three and Tally s brain has been reset AGAIN it s becoming frustrating and it doesn t help that in this final book Westerfeld doesn t take the time to explore what s really going on with her Add to that Shay s many reversals I kept expecting it to be revealed that she s totally PSYCHOTIC but apparently not Zane s uick dismissal and the almost complete absence of David after he was also barely in the last book and you can t help being disappointed with the conclusion to these characters stories because they barely seem like the characters you started out with and that Westerfeld made you care about Also the dissolution of Dr Cable s system seemed waaaaay too easy so I didn t find this satisfying on a plot level either Sigh Well I guess I ll just have to remind myself that 1 I really liked the first book and 2 the next two were nowhere near as bad as say the Matrix seuels

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Been ordinaryAnd now she's been turned into one of them a superamped fighting machine engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupidThe 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 r. One thing I ve noticed about Westerfeld s novels is how bittersweet the endings are Although there is still a rainbow or fireworks to brighten the blow there is still death failure destruction Westerfeld knows life will never have a happy ending just a bittersweet oneSpecials is no exception Although the novel starts off slow it uickly builds up speed carrying you along Tally s final journey She s now a Cutter a Special Circumstances pet project Cutters are stronger and obnoxious than anyone built to bring an end to the New Smoke Despite her new rank though Tally still feels amiss and is determined to make Zane a cutter too One of things I really enjoyed is how different Tally becomes in each book From Ugly to Pretty to Special her entire personality shifts and changes constantly as she undergoes not just plastic surgery but mental surgery It s terribly frustrating knowing she s been brainwashed but she refuses to believe it Perfect ending to the trilogy Highly depressing but enlightening also The final chapter especially sent shivers down my spine and made me think twice about the world we live in And I m still Team Zane

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Emembers something 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 sa. This review contains spoilers for Uglies and PrettiesI had a similar experience reading Specials as I did reading Pretties I enjoyed it a lot but it didn t uite reach the level of perfection that Uglies delivered There were some flawsI ll get my main complaint out of the way because this is what lingered in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading Scott Westerfeld s liberal use of future slang did not work in this book In Pretties it made sense the Tally narrating that book was a gorgeous brainwashed sixteen year old surrounded by other gorgeous brainwashed teens Westerfeld s silly future slang fit both the tone and the plot of the story But in Specials Tally is an elite counterrevolutionary killing machine and it would have fit the tone and the plot of this story much better if Westerfeld had kept the slang to a minimumAs for the ending it was better than most Young adult series tend to wrap things up in a neat little bow which I don t think works in the dystopian genre At least the ending of Specials left me with some ambiguity as to what the future of Tally s world would hold That s part of the reason I didn t like and won t be rereading Extras which takes place in the future Tally helped create and therefore removed all ambiguityEven better than Westerfeld s conclusion to the plot of the Uglies series was his conclusion to Tally s character development which could not have been satisfying This whole series is a masterclass in character development Tally is constantly conflicted caught between living the life that s expected of her and committing to a new possibly better but ultimately uncertain way of life She grapples with finding a balance between taking responsibility for her actions and wallowing in guilt over things she can t change She changes dramatically over the course of the series but her core essence her insecurities and struggles and strengths remains the same Her growth is exciting and inspiring to witnessTally s turbulent relationship with Shay is on full display in this book and I am living for it The roller coaster ride of betrayal and forgiveness they took me on friends to enemies to friends to enemies to friends to enemies to friends was like the new and improved version of those annoying on again off again relationships you see in sitcoms Their dynamic is something I could write an entire essay about Shay leads Tally follows at first before swerving off the road to forge her own path Shay wants than anything to stay friends with Tally but only if Tally plays by her rules Tally leaves a trail of unintentional destruction in her wake that affects those closest to her including ShayAnd as I ve already mentioned in my reviews of Uglies and Pretties Westerfeld has an uncanny ability to keep me turning pages That s even impressive considering I m rereading this series I already know what happens yet somehow there s still this feeling of suspense I would pick up Specials to read it then suddenly in what felt like the blink of an eye I d be 50 or 100 pages in and couldn t put it down I think that s what counted the most toward my positive ratings of these books There s nothing uite like fully immersing yourself in a good read


10 thoughts on “Specials

  1. says:

    Tally do you ever suffer from sudden flashes of anger or euphoria countersocial impulses or feelings of superiority? Tally Youngblood lives in a society where they're given the mandatory opportunity to become pret

  2. says:

    This disappointed me so much I really loved Uglies and there was a lot to admire about Pretties but I found this to be a highly unsatisfactory conclusion I’m still trying to figure out why it so completely failed to work for me I think mostly it’s a case of character development Tally goes through a lot of m

  3. says:

    So I didn't like Tally as much in this book Her personality has been altered by the special surgery so she looks down on anyone who isn't special themselves Part of the plot line is that she is supposed to overcome this but

  4. says:

    I can’t seem to write about this without giving away some plot elements from the first two books So warning spoilers may ariseWell Specials — the final volume in the Uglies trilogy — finally came up on my hold list at the library After finishing the novel I was in the middle of I picked up Specials to wrap up all the loose ends I’d been wondering about since Pretties had ended How would Tally fight her way out

  5. says:

    One thing I've noticed about Westerfeld's novels is how bittersweet the endings are Although there is still a rainbow or fireworks to brighten the blow there is still death failure destruction Westerfeld knows l

  6. says:

    Oh Scott I am so so proud of you Only 2 'purchases' in the whole book Such an improvement like you can think for yourself like youre curing yourself of bogus making writing BravoOk as far as the series is concerned this is where I'm abandoning ship I held on this long in hope that somehow you would bring me around and show me how to like Tall

  7. says:

    What happened? It wasn't the greatest series I'd ever read but c'mon Did they give him time? It was worse the the third mov

  8. says:

    This review contains spoilers for Uglies and PrettiesI had a similar experience reading Specials as I did reading Pretties I enjoyed it a lot

  9. says:

    Alright let's get this over with Spoilers aheadSoooooooo we catch up with Tally who we know has been carted away back to New Pretty Town after Special Circumstances raids The Smoke again Tally wakes up and is nowwait for itwait for itA SPECIAL I know I was in utter shock too sarcasmTally is an extra speshul Special with the Special Circums

  10. says:

    I have ambivalent feelings about this book It's fatally flawed in my opinion both in tone and content The tone is adolescent hyper drama which is okay I suppose since it's written for a teen audience But as an example of literature it falls fl