“I thought this was better than pretties, because it was faster. I would still say it needs to be faster, but I think it was a great ending.”Penguinperfect wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read the novel Specials for my independent reading book this quarter. The book is written by Scott Westerfeld. It is the third book in a series including Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. It’s a science-fiction novel taking place in the future, where everyone is “pretty.” In their world, when you turn sixteen, you get an operation designed to turn you gorgeous, and everyone who hasn’t had it is ugly. The operation, though, also gives anyone who’s had it brain lesions that turn them into a “bubblehead.” This was created to stop all the ways of the Rusties- people of our time, in other words. They didn’t want any more wars and fights, so they used this as a way to make everyone get along.
There are also others besides the Uglies and Pretties; these people are the Specials. Specials are agents for Special Circumstances, and get an operation designed to make them stronger, faster, and more special than everyone else. Specials Circumstances is a place designed to keep this perfect world perfect. They make sure there’s no violence, no one escaping city limits, nobody breaking major laws, and other occurrences of that sort. They keep all the bubbleheads dumb and oblivious and all the uglies from doing more than just pulling little tricks.
The book Specials is about Tally Youngblood, an agent of Special Circumstances. Her and her best friend Shay, along with the rest of the “Cutters,” try to find the New Smoke together. They’re trying to prevent the expansion of the use of pills which kill a pretty’s brain lesions. But Shay and Tally run into some problems with each other, Tally’s love interest, Zane, and many other things in the story.
I would give this book 4 out of five stars. I thought it was a very interesting and exceptional story and plot-line. But, it had a way of losing my interest sometimes. The author may have dragged some parts out too long, like when Tally was traveling, to the extent of making it boring at times. Otherwise, it’s a very good book and I would recommend the series to anyone who’s interested. It isn’t a predictable story and it can be funny, sad, and dramatic at different times. I really enjoyed reading Specials and I plan on reading the rest of the series. I thought it was a marvelous book, and I would definitely recommend it.”
“Now, Tally Youngblood is hunting down the one person that could free her from her current state. With her best friends by her side, she was once the most popular New Pretty in all of new Pretty Town, but once recruted,again, by the evil forces that kept her home town running smoothly, she has become their tool of revenge on the dreaded town. Now she hunts down the only person that she ever truly loved and the only person that could ever save her.”Allegra Parker wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tally's boyfriend died. She is now a special with creepy side effects. She comes upon a war and stops it by escaping from being held captive. Tally is now learning what she has to face in the future. ”Ellie Y. wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am so sad for this series to end. It was very good. So many good lessons for young adults.”Shannon Lee wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tally Youngblood has really gotten in over her head and has become a special. Reunited with Shay, she thinks shes finally complete but once she sees Zane everything gose nuts. She gose to the new smoke and starts an all out war!!! ”Macey Collum wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the third in a series of four books that began with Uglies and continued in Pretties. For almost all of the book--until the last two pages in fact, this was a five star book, even better than the first. A terrific ride, an e-ticket, this gets to a faster, more exciting start than the first two books and never lets up for a second, and unlike the case with the second book, I had no idea of where it was headed. Westerfeld is a strong writer, not just in plot but characters like Zane, David and Tally you really care about, and an incredible imagination that makes this book and series stand out among not just Young Adult fiction but science fiction. I loved how it played with the issue of agency and identity.
Reading other reviews I note many readers hated Tally in this one and were I reading this independently I'm sure I'd feel the same. But especially having read each book in the series on consecutive days, whipping through each in a few hours, I can't hate Tally here. She's been so messed with, so manipulated and she's so young and has had no time to assimilate and reflect on the changes. So I saw her unlikable aspects as not reflecting on her, but her society. Nevertheless, a lot of Tally's judgements on people makes me feel as if the message I thought was there in Uglies about looking deeper than just appearances felt undermined.
In terms of story logic and characterization consistency I can't complain about the ending, and I'm sure many readers, including friends of mine more "eco-friendly" will cheer. So it's not so much about the quality of the book as it is me. I find all totalitarian ideologies repugnant, not just black fascism and red socialism but green environmentalism as well. So the Greenpeacy "Manifesto" ending left me wanting to hurl the book against the wall and decry the trees lost to make the pages. It seems to endorse Dr Cable's point of view that humans are a plague on the Earth. Just call me "Rusty," I guess. One other thing by the way I did find disturbing, considering this is targeted toward the teen market--is how it made cutting sound rather attractive--mood-altering and consciousness raising. So, even if a couple of friends who very much liked the first three books hadn't told me Extras just isn't anywhere near as good, I'd stop right here and won't ever be reading more of Westerfeld. Strictly going by Goodreads rating standards where one star means "did not like" I should rate this even lower--but I felt I should recognize the quality of the ride so I raised it higher than that. The book defines page turner.”
“I enjoyed this trilogy a lot overall, though I found the conceit used in each book to explore different levels of society a bit predictable by the beginning of book 3. That said, I really liked getting out of The City in this sequel and I was surprised by the decision Tally made at the end. ”M3 wrote this review Saturday, September 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book took me a long time to read, and took a while to capture my interest. There was a lot of unnecessary wording and paragraphs that didn't really affect the story, and the vocabulary was very simple. It's basically a typical dystopian book. ”sienah7 wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No