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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: August 2015 ISBN: 9781442393981
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/19/2014

    " Really Exciting and unexpected! Full of action and twists, a brilliant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenzie | 1/13/2014

    " Uglies was the absolute best in this series, no doubts or arguments about it. But Specials is gunning for second, and I'll give it that. Pretties, even though this is the intention and is to be expected, was still a little too superficial (yes, yes, I know, that's the point. But it still annoyed me). Specials is about the very Special Ugly hunters, one in particular who was both and Ugly AND a Pretty once. Action packed, morally undecided, internally conflicted... well, let's just say you have to read it to appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rai | 1/6/2014

    " Again, Westerfeld manages to change the tone of the novel. Except instead of being "bubbly", our characters want to be "icy." These repeated references really began to distract me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/19/2013

    " I just can't read these books anymore they are so repetitious I feel like I'm never reading anything new the first book was good and the second but the author should have left if at that and not written two more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 9/25/2013

    " i really like this series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 7/8/2013

    " This book started the spiral downword spin the the series. I did not like Tally or any of the other characters. Not impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russellat5 | 6/25/2013

    " I love the uglies series but I wasn't all that fond of this book. I didn't like tally or her attitude in this one and it drove me crazy. I liked uglies and pretties though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Horoshev | 5/20/2013

    " The trick in Arcenal was terrific, scenes with Zane were heartbreaking and I started to hate Shay. Well, may be Dr. Cable isn't that bad after all? The plan for rest of the life with David appeared boring as if Tully was not 16, but 66... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Kincaid | 4/7/2013

    " This book was my favorite out of all three. Tally was a fighter through the entire series and her final decision to stay special and guard the wild despite her friends staying at the new smoke shows her true strength! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Sheaffer | 1/7/2013

    " I so wanted to love this book, the third and final in the "Uglies" series, however I found it a bit of a let down. Most is a rehashing of previous stories with virtually no world building. Oh, well, it's done now and I'm off to find something with sex, drugs and rock and roll. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sage | 9/14/2012

    " The only reason for the missing star is because i think the author could hve been a little more creative. I mean first an ugly, then a pretty, then a special; it seems the author rn out of ideas and just changed her into the next being. However, i love the ending, and the decision that Tally made. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 8/12/2012

    " this was not my favorite in the series but it did tie it up well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andi Surgenor | 4/13/2012

    " Okay so uglies was good. Pretties was meh, okay. Specials is just awful! It's the same story line over and over and over again!! The book is just pointless. Gah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/13/2012

    " This third book was really good. The pace was faster and the characterization went deeper. I am glad that I pushed myself through the first two books, because this one was worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy-lee Van | 3/16/2012

    " Best Romance Series. One of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ferline | 3/9/2012

    " ommmmg i cant wait to see what tally going to do in the other book . im so happy that DR. cable is powerlesss that old cow and i hope tally and david get back together...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aoife Costello | 10/12/2011

    " BRILLIANT ENDING TO THE TRILOGY! The finish is brilliant Scott! Well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 5/24/2011

    " i H A T E these books . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/21/2011

    " Tally and Shay became specials, leaving Zane and Peris as bubble headed pretties. While Tally is trying to figure out how to help Zane, Shay is telling her to forget about him and focus on being special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whoa | 5/20/2011

    " The plot was so hardcore and such. Beautiful cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 5/19/2011

    " This book is no let down to the past novels, action, romance, adventures across the wild. I only take issue with Tally. It has nothing against the writing, I just am not a fan of Specials. I suppose I'm not suppose to be but I feel a little Tally-missing for her old self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/18/2011

    " OK ending. Not as good as it could have been but there was a huge build-up...almost impossible to end well. The series as a whole was excellent and readers need to read this one to see how it ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/17/2011

    " This one also didn't know where it was going after I read Pretties. Poor Tally. This one made me cry toward the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 5/17/2011

    " It was shaping up to be the best of the trilogy until the ending, which really fell flat after showing much promise. All in all a pretty decent series of books, but not overly so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 5/16/2011

    " My favorite in the series so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " It was a bit too crazy for me. The beginning dragged, it got super boring in the middle and I didn't like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/16/2011

    " Book 3 in the series. Easy read. Same storyline, different verse as the previous two books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordin | 5/13/2011

    " This book was extremely exciting and it just kept me wanting more.I think that everyone should read this book. it keeps your attention and you wont want to put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Regina | 5/13/2011

    " This writer really got on my nerves....

    BOO.
    Thumbs down
    first 2 books were way better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catheebooks | 5/12/2011

    " Specials was a great end to the Uglies trilogy. I enjoyed it but not enough to give it a five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 5/12/2011

    " I have to say... this book started out very slow and I actually stopped reading after part one. THANK GOD I KEPT READING! When I later picked up the book, I finished it in a day I was so hooked! Read it, and I promise you won't rgeret it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/11/2011

    " only four stars... mostly because I don't like the ending at ALL! >:( "

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About the Author
Author Scott WesterfeldScott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.
About the Narrator

Emily Tremaine is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has acted in several major motion pictures, including The Wolf of Wall Street and Obvious Child, and was one of the narrators featured on the audio version of Chuck Klosterman’s Eating the Dinosaur.