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Specials by Scott Westerfeld
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Jan 04, 2011

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This third book in the futuristic series has human beings surgically altered to become something better than what evolution and the human condition has made of us.
After seeing how "Pretties' are made and how their behavior becomes a non-threatening modus-vivendi for this planet, a post-apocalyptic era where engineered weapons of mass destruction made "Rusties" (pre war human beings) a thing of the past, some rebels remain unconvinced that this is the rightful path for humanity; they break out, only to be captured and made into hunters (Specials) with more powerful skills of combat and more acute senses rigged for the hunt of any humans that dare go astray. I enjoyed the way the author brought into focus the philosophical balance between Nature and Human, and between the controlled order of a society against the natural chaos of free will and free thinking. I was particularly touched by the nurturing human quality for preservation of the species, whether one's own or another.

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