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Specials (Uglies) Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Grade 8 Up–This final installment in the series is a warning of the dangers of overconsumption and conformity. Set some time in the future, after a human-made bacteria destroyed the modern world, the trilogy tells of new cities established and tightly controlled through brainwashing and a series of operations leading to a compliant society. Tally Youngblood, the 16-year-old protagonist, learns in the first two books that free will and truth are more important than a false sense of security. In Specials, she has become an elite fighting machine, fully enhanced with nanotechnology and super-fast reflexes, and made to work as a Special Circumstances agent for the nameless city that she fled. As in the first two books, much of the story takes place with characters whizzing through the air on hoverboards, but Tally and her friends are in for some harsh realities here. Readers who enjoyed Uglies and Pretties (both S & S, 2005) will not want to miss Specials, but those who have not read those books will not understand much of what is happening. Westerfeld's themes include vanity, environmental conservation, Utopian idealism, fascism, violence, and love. In this trilogy, the author calls for a revolution in our hearts and minds–think The Matrix.–Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author
Scott Westerfeld‘s other teen books include the Midnighters series, Peeps, So Yesterday, and The Last Days. He divides his summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
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Westerfeld's writing is amazing; he adds a lot of his own thought and imaganation to the book. The world that the chracters live in is incredibly detailed and it definitely made me want to keep reading. I love how the ending keeps you thinking about whether the city is really evil with its madatory operations and how it manipulates everyone within its boundaries, or if they are just trying to prevent war with other cities.
This book is a must read! I can't wait to finish the series!
Would be five stars if it was accessible to a wider crowd but Westerfield is clearly a skilled writer with something worth saying. I think his steampunk material was more entertaining but that's an even more subjective statement than the above review.
The Specials deeply connects to me because of how many common themes there are that relate to any other normal teenage girl's life. It deals with the desire to belong, acceptance, and the measures people take to fit in. Tally only wants to belong to a group of people who will accept her for who she is, which is a similar trait I see in my everyday life. This book, without even realizing it relates to my daily life, which is why I think it appeals to me so much.
One book that might also appeal to you if you enjoyed the specials, would be the Hunger Games. It deals with action, romance, and the government misusing its power just like in the Specials. If you enjoyed the suspenseful action sequences and the fight for survival in the Hunger games, you may also enjoy the Specials' invigorating liveliness of the intense chases and the following out of dangerous missions. They both will force you to fly through the pages because of the intensity and romance that is woven among them.
Reading the Specials was defiantly one of the better decisions I've made in my life. It definitely has sparked my imagination, and given me a whole different perspective of clicks and the desire to belong. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it was told a bit too fast for my liking. Besides that, I loved the whole concept of the book, and plot was amazing, full of twists and unexpected turns. It's definetly a book that I would highly recommend for any teenage girl.
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