Review – Specials by Scott Westerfeld

specials “Freedom has a way of destroying things.”

I’m going to drop off a quick review in the third installment of the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld before I head off to class.

Specials takes off right where Pretties left off.  Tally has been turned into a Special, specifically a Cutter, and is doing her special duties.  But, when a trick (a mission) goes bad, Tally must try to save her best friend and also come to terms with her new body and new thoughts, while still being preoccupied with the past.

Specials sees the return of most of the characters from the previous two books, and while I did not necessarily enjoy this book as much as Uglies, it was just as well-written and crafted.  Some people might be put off by Westerfeld’s invented slang, but I like it. I think it makes the world much more believable.  I’m also impressed by his characters.  It would be easy to let the future society do all the talking, with the characters just part of the scenery, but he does a good job making them realistic.

Tally’s story has an interesting ending, not necessarily one that I was suspecting or one that was wholly satisfying.  I know that there is a fourth book Extras, but it supposedly deals with different characters.  I wonder if Westerfeld has any plans to return to Tally and David’s story?  Does she ever learn to deal with her past?  It would make for an interesting story, Mr. Westerfeld, I think you should go for it.  Ya hear?

80% – Not quite as good as Uglies, but definitely worth the read if you’re reading the trilogy!

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8 thoughts on “Review – Specials by Scott Westerfeld

  1. I really don’t know whether Uglies is better than Specials, I like them both! But I honestly didn’t like how the last book- Extras- deals with different characters!

  2. I love of of the books..But i dnt think uglies is beter then specials..The specials still has me wondering whats gonna happen next… Mr.Westerfeld i hope yu go forward and make another book finishing what tallys and davids adventure is going to be like since Tally is the last special despecialized ..

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