Specials by Scott Westerfeld
(Uglies Trilogy, Book 3)

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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 been ordinary.
 
And now, in the third book in the series, Tally's been turned into a Special: 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.
 

About Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.
 
Published November 4, 2008 by Simon Pulse. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Westerfeld deftly conveys Tally’s new perspective: Edges look extra sharp, the world is maniacally beautiful and Dr. Cable’s pursuit of the New Smoke rebels is inherently justified, especially because the New Smoke’s irresponsible medical experimentation damaged Tally’s boyfriend Zane and made hi...

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Examiner

It’s hard to talk about Specials by Scott Westerfeld without talking about the other books in his young adult series.

Dec 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Specials (Uglies Trilogy, Boo...

The Bookbag

As peculiar as it is to say, considering Tally has operated so much previously due to the medical conditioning she's undergone, and the will of Dr Cable and the other villains, there is too much at the opening here that sees Tally obeying orders, and being under the thumb of someone else.

Oct 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Specials (Uglies Trilogy, Boo...

Teen Reads

Tally and the other Cutters are disguised as uglies, which causes Tally to feel nostalgic as she watches the poor uglies awkwardly interacting.

May 09 2006 | Read Full Review of Specials (Uglies Trilogy, Boo...

Common Sense Media

This book is wrapped around the fact that Tally Youngblood is now a super-human special, a creature that is designed to keep the Uglies down, and Pretties brainless.

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Specials -- super-humans wired with an impulse problem -- are essentially dangerous weapons always doing dangerous things: jumping off cliffs, racing and crashing hover boards, setting off massive explosions with civilian casualties, and cutting themselves with knives to feel more "icy" or focuse...

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A Patchwork of Books

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The Trades

Tally is surprised that Shay is actually going along with Zane's plan, until she learns that Shay has plans of her own -- to track Zane and his friends until they arrive at the New Smoke, then signal Special Circumstances to the new location and put down these dangerous kidnappers once and for all!

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