Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Things start to get a little repetitive by this latest installment of the series that began with Uglies and continued with Pretties. How many more times can the main character get brainwashed and then think her way out of it? Pre-brainwashed Tally from Uglies was the most compelling character.

This installment is the heaviest on action, and I wonder why this series hasn’t been made into a blockbuster movie or five yet. Is it because there are no ugly actors?



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 rumour – 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.