Book Review: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

I don’t want to hurt you but I will if I have too

I started Specials optimistic but soon started to become disappointed. I felt like the entire series is just the same story in a loop.

Book Review: Specials by Scott Westerfeld


Title & Author: Speicals by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Dystopia, Adventure
Release date: January 1 2006
Series: Uglies
Publisher: Simon Pulse


“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 super-amped 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.

I give Specials by Scott Westerfeld two out of five hearts because I have come to realise that at least until now just have been the same story over and over again, with the same characters and the only thing that changes is Tally’s status in society and the details.

Tally is now a Special, but she is next to a Cruel Pretty also ‘Bubbly’, clear-headed. But she is also cutting to create the clear-headedness. She is going through so many changes and I felt Scott didn’t really address them enough for the reader to understand them all, which he did during the first two books.

Shae is still there, complaining, but now she is the leader of the group of Specials. I hated her just as much as I did during the earlier books, but she wasn’t as much there in the foreground.

I am wondering how Scott Westerfeld came up with the solution the Pretty cure because it is just way too easy to fix and he really has to pull the same trick over and over to get Tally to the lowest point in the book.

My biggest issues though with this book is that I finally started to see why I hated the books before. This series is based on the world’s unhealthy obsession with being pretty and other unhealthy business, like cutting. It’s sick and I can’t handle this anymore.

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