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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Special Circumstances

Frighteningly beautiful.

Dangerously Strong.

Breathtakingly fast.

Tally thought they were a rumor, but now shes one of them. A Special. A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down--and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly proggramed wiht strength and focus ISN'T better than anything she's ever known. Tally still has memories of something else.

But its 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 donw to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she was programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world may never be the same.

What i thought:Packed with action in the face of relentless danger, the stakes continue to increase with each unexpected plot twist. During Tally's quest she discovers one surprise after another, but when she arrives at her destination, she's in for the most shocking revelation ever.

Out of Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, i feel this one has the most gripping start, and one that you will not have to fight. Specials is fantastic, and Tally's new transformation will frighten even the most impressive of readers. "Specials" are breathtakingly beautiful, but in a cruel. . . EERIE way. Tally, is a strong heroine throughout this entire story, something that kept ME reading, as i had wanted to know what the next daring move of hers would be. Also, different from the other books, Tally did not willingly sacrifice herself to become a Special, but, as in the other books, she grows to except it, and cure herself in a way unimaginable.

This stunning page turner continuously deals with things like government, cliques, humanity, appearance and differences in society and is a very well-written and surprising third installment in the fantastic Uglies series. Its shocking ending will leave readers hungry for more.

If you have not read any of these books yet, click here for my review on Uglies. If you HAVE read this book, and the first two, i recommend that you read Extras the riveting conclusion to this "scary-making" (bubbly; happy-making; awe-inspiring; remarkable; gripping. . . you name it) series.

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