Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2006)
~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~
When she is turned into a super-modelesque super-fighting machine, Tally, a former ugly, is ordered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid in a carefully engineered world of perfection where she refuses to play by the rules.
Once again, I really enjoyed the author’s creative use of describing the world through a Special’s eyes vs. an Ugly or a Pretty. The plot was not predictable and lame, but I was really upset about certain aspects of it.
From an ugly, to a pretty, and now, a Special, Tally has been completely remade. Her bones are stronger; indestructible, even, reflexes quicker; almost inhumanely so, senses sharper, and her mind icier, special. She is part of a group called the Cutters, a new branch of Special circumstances that were designed for the sole purpose of hunting down the Smokies who are trying to infiltrate the city and cure the Pretties with pills.
If I had to pick a favorite book in the Uglies series I would pick this one. Everything was just so exciting, action-packed, and new. Tally’s new way of thinking, and all the new technology introduced in this book was interesting to witness. In each book, after each surgery, Tally’s character changes and it’s like you’re meeting a whole new character, which was especially fun to read about this time. Yet no matter how much altering the surgeries do, beneath it all, Tally is still Tally. It’s heartwarming, really, to see how in the end, Tally’s personality overcomes the fake, surgery-altered one.
Overall, I was really impressed with the series and enjoyed every aspect of the story. I really admire Westerfield’s writing style. He can create a world that is unique and characters that are believable. I highly recommend it!
Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling American-born author of YA sci-fi literature. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.
His book Evolution’s Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier’s Award and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won an Aurealis Award. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.