Specials – Scott Westerfeld

Published April 17, 2013 by bibliobeth


What’s it all about?:

“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 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, 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 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: 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.

What did I think?:

This novel is the third, and some may say final, installment of Scott Westerfelds fabulous young-adult dystopian series. The first book was “Uglies,” which I loved, the second “Pretties,” slightly disappointing, and now I’ve finished the third offering “Specials,” which was a run back up the ladder of expectations, in my opinion. And you kind of have to read them in order, as the author offers lightning sharp plot and character personality changes – and believe me, a lot changes.

Now Tally has been made “Special,” she has non-breakable bones (they are made of ceramic which I thought was quite “breakable” but I’ll choose to gloss over that), sharp reflexes, and some very handy little nanos that repair her body super quickly which makes her quite resilient to most injuries. In other words, she is a dangerous weapon to be used with caution, and appears to have undergone a bit of a personality transplant as well – but this is due to the mad futuristic scientists fiddling with her brain endowing her with a bit of cruelty and a huge superiority complex.

The action is fast paced and I found it difficult to put the book down, at times I was wondering in which direction the story was heading, but the author always managed to come up with something interesting to keep me entertained. Couple of minor annoyances… the terms they referred to themselves as i.e. “Tally-wa” or “Shay-la,” started to grate on me after a while. Also, if word of the book for “Pretties,” was “bubbly,” the word for this book would definitely be “icy!” These are just minor things however, the story is just far too intriguing and enjoyable to grumble about. I’m looking forward to reading the fourth book – “Extras,” which is apparently not part of the Tally story but takes part in the same world with perhaps a cameo appearance from the lady in question. I’ll let you know once I’ve read it but I have to say Scott Westerfeld is definitely a YA talent to watch out for.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):


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