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Specials (Uglies #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  116,637 ratings  ·  6,275 reviews
"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 th
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published March 2006)
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StarTrekRedShirt Well, action and heart break wise, read Specials. For romance and a cool look at a distopia, read Pretties. But you have to read Uglies because it is…moreWell, action and heart break wise, read Specials. For romance and a cool look at a distopia, read Pretties. But you have to read Uglies because it is the overall best and the first in the series. Extras is the basic "extra book." But read it anyway.(less)
Sydney Gorelick I agree with Lucy. If you don't like the book, don't finish it. The writing doesn't change much throughout the book, so if you don't like it now, you…moreI agree with Lucy. If you don't like the book, don't finish it. The writing doesn't change much throughout the book, so if you don't like it now, you won't like it later. I like all of it, but that's just me.(less)
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This disappointed me so much. I really loved Uglies and there was a lot to admire about Pretties, but I found this to be a highly unsatisfactory conclusion. I’m still trying to figure out why it so completely failed to work for me. I think mostly it’s a case of character development: Tally goes through a lot of mental and emotional changes in these books, which makes sense, because her brain is being fucked with. In the first two books, Westerfeld took the time to explore these transitions, an ...more
Beth A.
So I didn't like Tally as much in this book. Her personality has been altered by the "special" surgery, so she looks down on anyone who isn't "special" themselves. Part of the plot line is that she is supposed to overcome this, but I didn't feel she completely did.

Other things that marred my enjoyment of this story...

I hated the cutting aspect. Several times they talk about cutting, and how "Icy" it makes them feel. Eventually Tally quit, but only because it was repugnant to Zane, then because s
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One thing I've noticed about Westerfeld's novels is how bittersweet the endings are. Although there is still a rainbow (or fireworks) to brighten the blow, there is still death, failure, destruction. Westerfeld knows life will never have a happy ending, just a bittersweet one.

Specials is no exception. Although the novel starts off slow, it quickly builds up speed, carrying you along Tally's final journey. She's now a Cutter, a Special Circumstances pet project. Cutters are stronger -and more obn
Oh Scott! I am so so proud of you! Only 2 'purchases' in the whole book! Such an improvement: like you can think for yourself, like youre curing yourself of bogus making writing! Bravo.

Ok, as far as the series is concerned, this is where I'm abandoning ship. I held on this long in hope that somehow you would bring me around and show me how to like Tally, but it kind of went the opposite direction, you know?

Anyway, I'm stopping here because youve given me no reason to continue. The fourth book,
What happened? It wasn't the greatest series I'd ever read but c'mon! Did they give him time? It was worse the the third movie sequel that shouldn't have had a second. Where do I begin with this train wreck? There wasn't one storyline that was wrapped up. The plot was thrown together so hastily and it left more holes (and was as deep as) an 80's John Hughes film. The ONE character I thought was interesting barely featured and fizzled out pathetically... so much potential! Also, the ending was th ...more
I have ambivalent feelings about this book. It's fatally flawed in my opinion, both in tone and content.

The tone is adolescent hyper-drama.... which is okay I suppose since it's written for a teen audience. But, as an example of literature, it falls flat and since my interest in YA lit is exclusively how it might be used in the classroom or whether I can suggest the book for outside reading, I have to say, it's a problem. Soaking in a gossipy, soap opera loop of teenage angst and action adventu
I have only commented on Goodreads on a couple of books I've read, but this one really bothered me. (I still liked it enough to not stop reading, hence the three stars.) By the time I finished all three, I felt I had been lectured to and virtually yelled at about how awful a people we currently are and how horrifying our lifestyle is. Even though I am more than twice the age of the target audience (:-), I think the target audience is well equipped to understand a more nuanced approach to the obv ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Jeanna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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I read Uglies at the beginning of this year and really enjoyed it.. later on I read Pretties and was really disappointed. It took me a while to get around to Specials, but boy am I glad I did because I enjoyed it so much!

It had all of the action, emotion, moral dilemma, character development, and great story-telling as the first one!

I won't say too much more since I'm planning a review video, but I was so happy with this finale to the trilogy! YAY!
COUNT AS TWO BOOKS! Tally has been transformed into a strong, mean person like the specials she saw when she was an ugly and pretty.Everything is perfect, Shay and Tally are friends, the privileges of being a special type of special (a cutter), and she can have any crazy surgery she wants.When she helps Special Circumstances bring the Smoke down, her life as a pretty and ugly clash with her current life, making her decide if she should follow orders or fight for the places and people that bring ...more
this series of books caught my interest when i read a review by another goodreads member who seemed to have tastes similar to my own. so i was a little surprised when i realized it was young adult fiction but seeing as i am always looking for what may be the next great dystopian work i decided to give it a go.

for the record i started out with the first in the series, uglies, but a week or so later i had torn thru the first three which seem to be the trilogy. there is another in the series but
★ Jess
Note: I am considering this book the finale of a trilogy, because Extras was an un-planned addition.

It is finally time for me to deal with Specials, the final book in the trilogy that began with
I have put off this review for a couple of days, because I honestly dont know how I feel about this one.
I think the main problem for me, is the fact that Specials is the conclussion to a trilogy, yet it certainly did not seem that way when I was reading it. Allow me to explain:
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What a negative book!

I truly disliked the Special Tally, because not only was she an asshole but because I really liked her in the previous books. I know it wasn't her fault she got turned Special but still...

The plot was full of intrigue and action, but the parts that disappointed me most were when Tally was a bitch to all her old friends, not to mention what she did to Zane... I found it even more annoying when she (view spoiler)
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Olive (Оља)
I had to change my rating from 5 to 4 stars because I was just recently making a pro and contra list in my mind and I figured that it wasn't as great as it seemed to be in the first place.

So, first of all, here is a quick review:

Plot- it was rather interesting and there were some really action packed parts. On the other hand, I did not support some decisions made by Tally (even though I did understand them). It could have been much better. 3/5
Characters- Tally has a totally new personality (wh
I've been in geek denial lately when it comes to my reading habits but I'll go ahead and say it...I like YA sci-fi! Ok?! Not high-fantasy space and other worlds stuff, but near-future dystopian sci-fi. "The Adoration of Jenna Fox", "Unwind", "The Hunger Games"...all stuff that I've read lately and enjoyed. So naturally I figured it was time to finally read the popular Uglies trilogy. A lot of the teen readers in my library are into it, so I gave it a try. Ok, so this is totally nerdy, but I'd co ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Sami rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10+
Recommended to Sami by: 6th grade teacher and friends
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Scott Westerfeld concludes his remarkable trilogy with his final installment, Specials. (Yes, I said TRILOGY. In my opinion, Extras was merely an after thought.) With Tally now a Special, she has even more power to change the course of events in her life and in the world. And she does.

Specials was even better than its two predecessors, Uglies and Pretties, though they too, were great. Westerfeld continues to do an excellent
Ariana Mcmillan
Personally I think “Specials” was a great book, the only thing I did not enjoy was the ending. The book’s ending made me a bit angry, I understand Westerfeld’s style, his endings tend to leave you with a few questions which urge you to read more, but this book being the last of the trilogy I was very disappointed. I’m not the type of reader that loves cliffhangers and I would have prefered a much more explained ending. I hope in his next book “Extras” he tells a bit about Tally and David’s futur ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Rory rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of young-adult action sci-fi desperate for new material
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Even though I have The Host waiting for me, I just really had to find out what happened to Tally, Shay, David, and especially Zane. This book was a good conclusion to The Uglies Trilogy, but it didn't have the same magic Pretties held for me. What I really liked about the trilogy is that Tally is very different in every book, and I think Westerfeld handled those changes very convincingly. However, that's also what I didn't really like about Special. Tally was so changed in Specials, and I really ...more
Tally...WHY? I have to check out alternative ending now. I still have one more book to go but I really like this series. It's like right on the edge of gettting 5 stars. You know me I need romance dam it! And there is not to much but I found myself addicted to Tally's story. The message in these books are fantastic and the non stop action made my heart race. I keep chatting GOGOGOGOGOGO when Tally was in a tight spot. Aaahh it was I want more of Tally but it seems like this is th ...more
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So this was definitely uphill from Pretties. Of course it wasn't even close to perfect, but it was still pretty dang good.

So Shay is still one of the most annoying characters I've ever encountered. Honestly I just wanted to punch something every single time I saw her name. She's completely insane and I wish she had just never been in the books at all. Tally is instead pretty cool, although she's not one of my all time favorites. I mean she was interesting enough, but sometimes I found
This was really more of 3.5 stars.
This is the 3rd book in the Uglies trilogy and while it was a good book it did not grab me as much as Uglies did. In a way it was sort of a repeat of Pretties taken up to another level. Tally once again has been transformed without her consent and has to “rewire” herself to remember who she really is. There is continued tension between she and Shay which I was really hoping would get resolved in a happy way. I would have liked to see more interaction between Tal
Jun 08, 2009 Lashai rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who truely love to read and can imagine that their the ones living it
Recommended to Lashai by: a 6th grader at my middle school
Omg!!! i didn't like this one that much. my favorite out of all of the series was honestly pretties. i loved the fact that tally fell in love with zane and wanted to stay with him. i hated when the scene in the book where he dies. thats really why i don't like this one. i cried when i read about him being crippled. so u can only imagine how i felt when he was killed off. that was reallyy unfair. :( when u think about it tally shud have just gave him both of the pills. I mean if u no your holding ...more
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This book was great, until it wasn't.......
(spoilers below, there will be warning)

What I liked: Tally becomes such a strong character, physically and mentally. When she overcomes the newest alteration to her mind, she displays all that strength. And I love strong heroines!

Also, no matter what side Tally is on (voluntarily or involuntarily), I always agree with her. That is pure writing genius. Mr. Westerfeld may have been lacking in almost all the other areas, but that one he got right.

I loved t
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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Other Books in the Series

Uglies (4 books)
  • Uglies (Uglies, #1)
  • Pretties (Uglies, #2)
  • Extras (Uglies, #4)
Uglies (Uglies, #1) Pretties (Uglies, #2) Extras (Uglies, #4) Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)

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