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Specials (Uglies #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  141,810 Ratings  ·  7,024 Reviews
Tally Youngblood 16 is a Special, scary surgically improved, Dr Cable's elite Cutter team, headed by best friend Shay. A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. Ordered to stamp out the rebels, Shay plans the best trick ever at the Armory. Accidentally, the two girls start a war, and Dr Cable takes over the City.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's (first published January 1st 2006)
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Ana This is a spoiler of Uglies and Pretties but not Specials!!! I frankly do not know but I am so tired of her having to start a whole knew world, AGAIN!
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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Jun 04, 2007 Trin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, american-lit
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
Feb 19, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2008 Bethany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
May 10, 2008 JoLee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
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
Jul 15, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2008 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jan 04, 2009 Sami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10+
Recommended to Sami by: 6th grade teacher and friends
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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
Original/full review here:

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
Jul 07, 2009 Rory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of young-adult action sci-fi desperate for new material
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Oct 31, 2009 Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 06, 2010 Violet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Jul 14, 2010 Trini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2010 Jeanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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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:
The Hunger Game
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,
Ariana Mcmillan
Sep 12, 2012 Ariana Mcmillan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
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)
Dec 26, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Alright, let's get this over with.

******Spoilers ahead******

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!!! sarcasm

Tally is an extra speshul Special with the Special Circumstances agency. Try saying that three times fast. She has a super dooper new skeleton, super strong muscular muskles
DNF at 59%

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

Olivia (Оља)

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
Jess Zahra
Right. Thankfully that horrendous "bubbly" crap is over. Only to be replaced with "icy". Whoopee-doo-daa.

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
Leah/Elle/Ella (details about name in "about me")
This series became amazing in the third book. Technically, the story is over now because it was originally a trilogy. The ending was a little confusing, but I still kind of liked it. Overall, it's worth getting through Pretties for this book. I will say some more on the bottom of this review, but be warned: what I'm going to say WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. It's only for those who are fine with spoilers, and those who've read the book.

Clean rating: some mild swearing.

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Series review (of the first three books anyway):
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
Oct 17, 2015 Nigham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second and third books are far much better than the first one with more Twists, Turns and Tricks!
Apr 25, 2016 Phoenix2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian fans sci fi fans
So, Tally was ugly, became bubbly and now she's icy. We found her as special this time around, working with the Cutters, a special unit of the SC, with Shay as the leader. Okay, the plot wasn't that good. I mean, the main idea was to make Zane special, and so he had to prove that he worth being special. But for me, and I don't know if it was something that the book tried to pass through as well, it was more about Tally finding Tally again. And, to be honest, I like David more than Zane, but that ...more
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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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Uglies (4 books)
  • Uglies (Uglies, #1)
  • Pretties (Uglies, #2)
  • Extras (Uglies, #4)

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