Specials

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

Special Circumstances – These words have sent chills down Tally’s spine since her days as a rebellious Ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumour – frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally’s never been ordinary… 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: carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete, or listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat telling her that something’s wrong… Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.

Thoughts:

Scott Westerfeld concludes the trilogy of Uglies with Specials, which in my opinion is the best in the triology. But more of that later. I know, I know, he did write Extras after Specials but that was a bit of an after thought so I’m discussing Uglies, Pretties and Specials as a trilogy.

Tally is still a strong character and now she has the power to change her life. All of the characters in this book are so well developed. Specials is a book full of action and is really thrilling, the plot isn’t easy to guess which is always a bonus. Whilst I disliked Special Circumstances in the previous books I began to understand them through Tally’s perspective. Special Circumstances did mean to do well in the beginning, but as happens sometimes, it didn’t always go to plan!

Specials was different to Uglies and Pretties in the way that it actually made me quite emotional. I won’t spoil which part but if you read it or have read it I’m sure you’ll know which bit I mean. I’m absolutely gutted with what happened but it makes sense to not make Tally’s life perfect and its through what happens to her that she develops and grows throughout all the changes she’s been through. Throughout the series I have really got to like Tally. She’s a strong and genuine character.

What I like about Specials, in some twisted way, is that it’s not a happily ever after story. It makes it seem more real. Not everyone has a fairy tale ending and it happens all too often in books.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen (Part of my Back To Classics Challenge 2013)

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