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Specials (Uglies #3) 
by Scott Westerfeld
384 pages
Published May 9th 2006 
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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 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.

Review:

Specials is by far the best in the series. I can’t wrap my brain around how awesome it is…and that’s saying a lot.

Tally gets another operation that she doesn’t want and ends up a special Special. Dr. Cables group of specials, that is. Along with Shay, Fausto, and other Crims (all of which are now specials and are now called Cutters) they’re out hunting Smokies, trying to stop the spread of the cure. At least, that’s how it is up until their plan goes awry.

This time, Tally really confused me. She has so much going on, so many things conflicting, it was hard to decide if I liked the new Tally or hated her. She didn’t have Zane to keep her grounded. She had only the Cutters to rely on. Even though she’s a special, deep down, she’s always Tally and I couldn’t help but like her. Zane, my cool cat, isn’t a special. I don’t want to say too much, but he still has cognitive problems thanks to taking the wrong cure pill in Pretties. Zane doesn’t have much face time in Specials and neither does David for that matter.
That’s truly the only problem I have with the Uglies series. Her love interests don’t have enough time in all the books. I like David, I like Zane. Tally likes David, Tally likes Zane and vice versa. Do you see the problem? Tally has been cut up, manipulated, and she still can’t get a decent kiss in with a love interest. Now that, my friends, is just criminal.

Once again Tally is tromping through the the wilderness and saving people and trying to ‘rewire’ herself. The girl can’t catch a break no matter what she does. Tally’s adventure this time is actually my favourite out of all three books. She has so much to get over and I feel so terribly sorry for her because of it. All throughout the book you can see the change that being a special has done to her as she’s trying to cure Zane, find the New Smoke, it’s all just breathtaking (and heartbreaking) at what she has to do.

There’s a lot of stuff blowing up, people jumping off of buildings, causing trouble, and basically just trying to save the world from being brainless Pretties. You definitely won’t be disappointed in Specials.

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