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Specials

by Scott Westerfeld

Simon Pulse | May 3, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Specials is rated 4.55 out of 5 by 20.
"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, in the third book in the series, Tally''s been turned into a Special: 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442419792

ISBN - 13: 9781442419797

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Specials This wasnt the best of the books. Its still really good, and very interesting, and kept me entertained but not as much as the rest of the books. Her as a special didnt make for an amazing book, but is still pretty interesting.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wasn't what I expected...and didn't love the ending...(Spoiler) The series took a bit of a turn with this book because Tally became a Special, and to some degree, wasn't really the same person. It's hard to read a book when the main character is not how you expect them to be or different in some way. I sort of liked where the story went, but I felt the ending didn't work. I was a tad disappointed, but still enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.k., but not as good as the first two In a world that consists of Uglies until you turn 16, then "bubbleheaded" Pretties, you also have Specials, those with a "cruel beauty", pretties who are too smart and who are used to the advantage of the people in charge. It was o.k., but not as good as the first two books, I didn't think. I didn't much like either Tally or Shay in this book, and I just wasn't wanting to keep reading or to pick it up when I wasn't already reading. It was still o.k. and it's quick to read, but it didn't have the same appeal for me as the first two books.
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books ever Out of the entire series of the Uglies, I liked this one the most. For the first two novels, it was interesting how the author so easily made me switch sides. I always thought, "oh i don't like the specials"... and right when i read this one, i thought "oh the smokies are the bad guys" . awesome book!
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart twisting end WOW! A great end to a great trilogy. I think to truly understand the deeper meaning of this trilogy you have to pay attention to everything. The books will make you ask this question to yourself. To what extent is freedom okay? How much freedom should someone have? Thing book looks at can we truly change human minds? This is an amazing trilogy.
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really liked it I really liked Specials but i my opinion, it was a bit rushed. Uglies and Pretties were better (I haven't read Extras yet) Still worth reading, though, great job!
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Team DAVID! I absolutely LOVED Uglies! and then i read pretties and it was pretty good as well. however, i found this book to be just okay. i didn't really like the whole 'special' thing and i found it to be a bit boring to tell you the truth. I didn't like the new 'special Tally' at all to say the truth. And then there was the whole zane/david fiasco when MEANWHILE all i wanted was for Tally to be normal (pretty or an ugly it didn't even matter at this point) and for her to be with David. Is that so much to ask?
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent continuation of the series, but didn't stand out as much as the others. Tally, the heroinne of the past two books has undergone another change. This time she has joined Special Circumstances, the secret agency that polices Tally's home city much like the SS or Gulag. I found that Tally was less dynamic in this book. Each of the books starts with her being indoctrinated, but in this one I felt that there was less conflict within her - it was instead focussed on the conflict around her. I felt that this degraded her character, as she became a tool rather than an independent entity. Of course, that is the point of the Specials, but I don't feel that it pushed her character into head-spaces as interesting as the previous books. The tone of the book has changed from the others, as Tally has been engineered to be aggresive and superior. It certainly fits with the idea of the book, but I just didn't find it as interesting as the other two. This is not to say that this is a bad book though. I still enjoyed reading it, however I just don't feel that it was as interesting as the other two.
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ending!!!! this book was amazing although i liked the two other books better this was sitll awesomely awesome!!!! It's exciting, adventureful adn packed full of suspense and drama. highly recommend
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story, but... Okay, first off, I LOVE this book. My rating is more of a 4.8/5. It was a great story with action, romance, surprises, and other things that just blew you away. The one thing I didn't really like was the ending. It didn't explain a lot, but I guess it kind of explains itself...if that makes any sense... Anyways, at the back of the book, it says that there is an alternate ending for Specials, but I can't seem to find it. If anyone finds it, could you tell me? Thanks, and happy reading!!
Date published: 2009-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Specails Now, she is a specail!! Which at first i was like WOW, thats ummm cool...but now iam like WOW thats COOOL!!! haha! At first i didnt really like the book it went from being girly and fun in the uglies and pretties book, to kinda of tomboyish, but then it got really good, to see what is gonna happen in the end!!!
Date published: 2008-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was such a great read. Throughout you can really feel and understand all of Tally's emotions. She's such a strong character and you're just hoping that everything will turn out okay for her. The ending had a good sense of closure, but I wish that it had ended in a different way. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, but make sure you read the first two so that you understand what's going on.
Date published: 2008-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Question Can any one tell me how long it is I know Pretties is 377 or so an Uglies is around 425 but how long is this one? please help?
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read Through the Night Exiting!! I'm a huge fan of the Uglies series. Specials was a page-turning thriller! Tally is now a special. She,Shay, and other Specials have icy new senses, indestructable bones, and immaculate healing capabilities. They are on a qust to find David, and the other Smokies. What they do find, is a new and exiting city. Tally starts questions]ing whether or not being a Special is the best thing in the world....I would definitly recommend Specials to anyone who loved Uglies and Pretties!
Date published: 2008-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of the Trilogy The best and last book of the Uglies trilogy, concluding the story of Tally Youngblood. If you haven't read the first two books in this series "Uglies" and "Pretties" yet then definitely pick them up. You will need to know what happens in them in order to full appreciate and even understand what happens here. This is a trilogy that greatly parallels as a commentary on our society of the importance of looks and social standing, and on many things even more than that. All of the books will surprise and shock you at how well they hit home. It's definitely worth the time to read. Don't be put off just because these are YA books. The setting for all the books may be in a sci-fi futuristic city, but it's a plausible one, with well developed characters and interesting story to tell. The unusual slang in the start may take a bit to get used to, but you'll be quickly hooked once the story starts to move and the adventures of Tally Youngblood begin to unfold.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb This book was absolutely amazing. It kept me on my toes. Throughout the whole series, you go along with what Tally is thinking, from loving Zane to hating him. You get wrapped up in the amazing plot line. It was original and truly gripping. I finished it in a day!! It made me sad that it was finished when I was done reading it. I love all of Westerfeld's work, and he makes the characters so real. I found myself becoming Tally, crying when she did and laughing as well.
Date published: 2007-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Yet! This is my favourite out of the entire series, You can really feel Tally's hate, sorrow, & love. This is one of my favourite books of all time. The literacy, characters, & setting creates for one heck of an amazing novel!
Date published: 2007-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series I've read yet!! This book was excellent, the whole trilogy was! Throughout my whole time reading this trilogy I found it difficult to sleep at night, the curiosity of what was to happen next keeping me awake. I couldnt wait for school to end so I could rush home and read the next chapter! Thi trilogy has lots of unexpected twists and turns, along with plenty of conflict man vs. self. I strongly recommend having access to all books before you start reading because you'll read it faster then you think! Once your done one book you won't be able to wait to get your hands on the next! Be sure you have time to read plenty of chapters at once you wont be able to hold back!
Date published: 2006-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This is the third book in Westerfeld's Trilogy (the first two books were Uglies and Pretties) and the series as a whole was simply outstanding. It is science fiction with self reflection, a coming of age story and romance, all wrapped up in three phenomenal books. The reader is faced with issues of conformity, struggling to be true to oneself and the age old battle of right and wrong, left and right wing and most importanty, what it means to be human.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!! I loved this book!!! It has a great plot and a great ending. But I highly suggest before reading this book to read the first 2 books a this trilogy, Uglies and Pretties. My Favourite part was when Tally went to the Special Circumstances headcourters and tried to confess about starting the war, and she got trapped in a trap by Dr.Cable. It's a fantastic read and i am so mad that that's it for the trilogy. But i congradulate the author on writing a great series and book. I hope to read more of Scott Westerfeld's book in the near future.
Date published: 2006-06-12

– More About This Product –

Specials

by Scott Westerfeld

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442419792

ISBN - 13: 9781442419797

About the Book

"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.

From the Publisher

"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, in the third book in the series, Tally''s been turned into a Special: 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.

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.

Appropriate for ages: 12