Specials (Uglies #3)
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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:
The Hunger Game ...more
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, ...more
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)[on more than one occasion, refused the cure to being Special-min ...more
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!
Soooooooo, we catch up with Tally who we know has been carted away back to New Pretty Town after Special Circumstances raids The Smoke - again. Tally wakes up and is now......
wait for it......
wait for it......
A SPECIAL!!! I know!!! I was in utter shock too!!!
Tally is an extra speshul Special with the Special Circumstances agency.
Well, this book was annoying. I struggled with it for three days, but I just couldn't. While I generally enjoyed Uglies and Pretties, Specials was slow, boring and full of a bunch of either flat or completely unlikable characters.
After her operation to become a Special, Tally now acted and sounded like a robot. Honestly, there was now nothing about her anymore to make me care enough. I also never actially liked Shay from the very beginning of the series, but here she was just insuffera...more
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 (which is always cool reading about), Shay is super crazy once again, David is a bae (even though there were AGAIN only few scenes featuring him) 4/5
Romance- I guess the romance was there? We ...more
I was well aware that I was most likely going to be disappointed with this finale because it is a truth universally acknowledged that a trilogy never wraps up well. But this ending was just so underwhelming, it puts 'Specials' is on a whole new level.
The poor writing, which I can only describe as 'crude', has not improved at all since the first instalment. Who edited this?! The characters wer ...more
Clean rating: some mild swearing.
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This series wasn't my favorite. The books were fun in places and the concept was certainly good and brought up interesting topics and issues, but I really didn't care for the main character, which kind of ruined it for me. The ending was also quite unexciting. The writing style was very unsubtle and not the best, IMO (although it did improve slightly over the course of the three books). They might be fun books to just breeze through and enjoy witho ...more
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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 ...more