Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials (Uglies, #3)Title: Specials (Uglies #3)
Series: Uglies
Format: ebook
Pages: 238 pages

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

"Special Circumstances":

The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor — frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary.

And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.

Still, it's easy to tune that out — until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same."

My Thoughts:

What a disappointment!

I expected so much more from Scott Westerfeld after reading about Tally's adventures in the first two books, but this installment in the series fell short in so many unexpected ways. I don't believe I've ever before been this disappointed by the turn a series has taken. While I've been willing to overlook certain flaws in the previous two books simply because the characters were so interesting, I found that Tally's whiny voice just got to me in this one.

The fact that she was a Cutter with heightened senses and amazing reflexes, who was programmed to find all normal pretties and uglies weak and repulsive (even the boy she loved!) and yet found herself following him to a new city just to protect him- all of this just didn't sit well with me. I thought that the plot had no clear direction in this book and I don't look forward to reading the fourth and last book- even though I know I will have to, simply because I've listed it down as part of a reading challenge for this year.

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