Tally Youngblood is now a member of Special Circumstances. Not just a typical Special, Tally is a special Special, part of an elite group made up of the Cutters clique that formed at the end of Pretties. Shay is now the ringleader, having forced Tally to become a Special. As a Special, Tally has been surgically refitted with a body of steel, nails as hard as diamonds and a cruel-beauty to enforce the law of the land. In Specials, Tally is now faced with the decisions to finally end the Smoke and its purpose, forced now to oppose the side she once faught so ardently to keep alive and protect.
This book definately takes the story to a whole new level. It is more edgy and more mature than the first two, but still has the same mood and aura that Uglies and Pretties emit. Once again, Tally is changed into a newer, better version against her will, and once again Tally’s internal struggle to be at peace with herself bleeds into the rest of the story. Guilt, fear and confusion mark the third book as Tally attempts to right past wrongs and understand just how large of an entity the City and Dr. Cable really are. The book starts at a running speed and does not let up until the end of the book. It is near impossible to find a perfect moment to put the book down.
I want to know if Westerfeld had the ending in mind when he started writing the trilogy? He did afterall know it would only be a trilogy. Each book picks up easily where the previous left off, it sort of feels that it was all written at once, and just chopped up for the sake of publishing. The trio is very cohesive and each books hints back to episodes of the previous. I wonder was a second reading of the series would bring? And what about the next book, Extras, a companion to the Uglies trilogy, I wonder where that will pick up?
This series is definitely one of my favorite reads for this year, I have high hopes for Westerfeld’s other titles, such as Peeps (about vampires).Specials by Scott Westerfeld Simon and Schuster, 2006 ISBN 1416947957 372 pages