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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Westerfeld Narrator: Emily Tremaine Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Uglies Series Release Date:
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“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, in the third book in the series, Tally’s been turned into a Special: 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers who enjoyed Uglies and Pretties…will not want to miss Specials.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A splendid, provocative conclusion to a terrific series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lottie | 2/20/2014

    " This was a very hard book for me to get into. Of course, it's a scenario we've already been through with Tally--twice. It's actually an interesting study in character development; each time you start at zero and any character growth that occurs is reset back to zero for the next book. It was beyond frustrating to read however. I did find one of the major themes of the series, highlighted in this volume, extremely interesting. It's the rather revolutionary idea that living responsibly in the environment HAS to go hand in hand with enormous censures of freedom. That for the measures to work, they have to be so severe as to seem barbaric to us as we are. I've come across this notion in Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, and Children of God, and it was the same situation: a culture so severely repressed it almost couldn't function, but one that lived perfectly within its means. Lift the repression and the world may drown in violence and exploitation. The Greater Good is a term that blankets many an atrocity, but what kind of courage could it take after seeing humankind almost die in a fiery bath of blood and ecological corruption to say, no, our descendants are going to be different. This cannot happen again. And deliberately consign future generations to a kind of half-life where great potential is muted. There may be no good answer. I can't imagine the solution presented at the end of the novel is going to work for long unless it gets a lot more organized and wide-spread...which could become its own downfall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this book but it was definitely harder to relate to Tally anymore or to even really like her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dontgrumble | 2/8/2014

    " The series was good but i was disappointed with the end of this book, but overall good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah Webber | 2/2/2014

    " I get a little frustrated with the series because Tally starts every story back at the starting line again, development-wise. She has reset three times now. However, Westerfield addresses this beautifully. Tally is fully fed up with other people making her choices for her, and early on, she starts to do things about it. I love that so many of her decisions blow up in her face, yet she gets up and keeps punching. The ending to this is really satisfying, as well. There's a good balance between realism and satisfying conclusions. "

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