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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From super speed to telekinesis, everyone in Hope’s world has special abilities. Through ill fate, she is born without any. Her peculiar case is a medical mystery which warrants comprehensive research and countless visits to the hospital.

Hope undergoes painful tests and unorthodox treatments to cure her of her unique condition and make her normal while grappling with the p
Kindle Edition, 1, 252 pages
Published August 14th 2019 by Amazon Media
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the spoiler free review of Special, a YA novel that explores what it's like to be abnormal in a world full of special abilities. If you would like to read the spoiler full review please visit

Thank you so much to author Chino Chakanga for providing me with a copy of Special in order to be able to give an honest review.

Special takes place in a world where everyone is born with special abilities. Think any basic super-power like flight, invisibility,
Ellie Mitchell
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Special, by Chino Chakanga is an inspiring tale following teenager Hope, the girl who never developed any special abilities, unlike her peers.

Diagnosed with ADSD (Ability Dysfunction Spectrum Disorder), Hope spends most of her time seeing doctors who hope to ‘fix’ her. Finally having had enough, Hope decides to stop all treatment and embarks on a journey of self-acceptance.


At fifteen years old, Hope struggles alongside her peers, seeing their powerful abilities day in and day ou
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Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Special is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time. Rather than the popular topic of the protagonist struggling with having powers, Special explores the opposite with a girl who is struggling in a world where everyone has powers but her. Similar with taboos on those with mental illness or learning disabilities, Special touches on modern-world injustices and biases against those who are "less" than others, as well as the extreme lengths one will go to gain equality. What is so in ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yalit, fantasy, dystopian
It was the book cover that made me want to pick this one up. It stands out, and just like the cover, the main character, Hope, also stands out in this story. This book has all the hallmarks of our reality, but the world has been flipped upside down. If parallel universes did exist, I would imagine there would be a reality just like this one where everyone had a special ability or at least it was common to possess a superhuman quality. Hope is surrounded by people with magnificent abilities. Thos ...more
“Hope is more powerful than fate.”

I admit that it was the cover that attracted me to this book and a part of me did expect a totally different story. The blurb also did not give me much to go on. Not that I’m complaining. I do like surprises. But not every reader can be that adventurous. I am not always that adventurous myself.

So as fascinating as the cover may be, I can’t help thinking how ill-suited it is to the story contained within this book, and that it’s making the book miss o
Claire Davis
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Special by Chino Chakanga three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Firstly, can I just mention how much I love the front cover of this book! It’s definitely one of the reasons why I took a liking and wanted to read this book. Now moving on, the premise of this book had me hooked right from the get go! A book about a young girl who doesn’t have any special abilities when the whole world is full of people with special abilities? Yes please!
Kristel Greer
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of Special by Chino Chakanga for review.

What if the superhero world was flipped on its head and that being "super" was the "norm" and being without powers singled you out as different?

That is what Hope's life is like. In a family where her mam, dad and kid brother all have super powers and some have multiple ones, she is left feeling alone, inferior and set apart from her family as well as ridiculed at school. Her best friend who had stood b
Nico Bell
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the free copy for review!

I loved this premise! Humans have super abilities. Some people can fly and lift heavy items, while others zap through time and space. It’s a world where everyone has a super power.

Everyone, except Hope.

Hope can’t read minds or float through walls. She doesn’t have amplified hearing or telekinesis. She was born with an abnormality, and no amount of testing, probing, or extermination can change it. Teenage life is hard enough, but for Hope it means navigating
Gordon Long
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a Young Adult Sci-Fi novel based on a reversed society where almost everyone has some kind of magical superpower. Most people have two or three. The thematic element focuses on a child who has no power. This allows the author to investigate in a non-threatening way what it looks and feels like to be handicapped in any society.

Hope, the main character, is a young person nearing the end of a long series of ultimately unsuccessful treatments to try to stimulate her latent superpowers. She i
The Book Worm
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Special turns the tables and shows us a different definition of "normal". In a world where everyone has super-hero powers, Hope is the only one with no special abilities, and she is spurned by society because of it.
I particularly loved the messages in this book. Even if it's more a teen/young adult kind of story, there are many adults out there who could benefit from reading it to learn that every human being is different and unique and that our differences should not only be accepted but embr
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Special is a powerful story of finding your way. It can be hard to be a kid or teen, especially when you're different from everyone around you. In a world where everyone is extraordinary, being normal is the worst thing for someone to be. Hope is struggling with being so different, feeling like a disappointment, and generally being an outcast. A story many can relate to, young or old, and one I highly recommend. ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the wonderful privilege of reading this book before it had been published. I encourage everyone to give this book a read. The writer is talented and this is one of those pieces you just cannot put down. Masterful writing with a meaningful, enticing plot.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I hate the message this book send.. but okay read... Detail review soon..
But in summary.. the moderators are the real enemy...always remember
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Everyone in the world has a special ability, from flying to weather manipulation. Everyone, that is, except Hope. Hope is perfectly normal. She has zero abilities and has spent years undergoing treatments in the hopes of developing one. But it’s this specialness that makes it possible for her to help save the world she loves despite being different.

Most people have, at one time or another, felt different from everyone else. As soon as the author contacted me for a review, I knew I had to read th
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