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Specials by Scott Westerfeld
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Dec 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult, sci-fi, fiction
Recommended to Bronwen by: Marte Patel
Recommended for: Big fans of the Uglies trilogy
Read in March, 2009

Uglies was the best book in the series, but from then on each subsequent book has been not quite as good as the one before it. Specials was okay, but not brilliant. I didn't like how it seemingly encouraged self harm, and it made me realise that Pretties was similar in that it seemingly encouraged eating disorders. Weird. I'm sure the author didn't mean to encourage those things, he was probably being ironic or something, but it still made me feel uncomfortable to think of impressionable teenagers reading this stuff and thinking it might be a good idea to imitate it. I'm going to go ahead and read Extras anyway, just to see the story though, but yeah. I probably wouldn't recommend any of the books in this series apart from the first one. (Which was really really good.)

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03/13/2009 page 33
8.59% "Uglies was great, but each subsequent book in the series has been a little less great. Maybe it will pick up once I get further into it."

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Marte Patel I agree. Uglies was really interesting and different, but it's difficult to maintain that over a trilogy. Book 4 is entirely different, by the way.

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