Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Report - Specials

Title: Specials
Authour: Scott Westerfield
Length: 384 pages
How long it took me to read: 3 days
Grade: C

What it's about: "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.

The ending is the most important part: This did not feel like the ending of the trilogy. It's like the story just stopped

Last word: I had so much hope for this series. Sadly, I really don't like Tally as a Special.

Spoilers after the jump

So the thing that ruined this for me was Tally being a Special. I felt like she had all her free will taken from her. I didn't like that she was forced into being something she didn't want to be. This happened throughout the series; first, she wanted to be Pretty, but was forced to be Ugly, then, she wanted to stay Ugly, but was made Pretty, then she was made Special. As a Special she was cold, calculating, and didn't seem to be totally comfortable with who she had become.

I just didn't feel like she came to terms with who she had become, I felt like the ending was too open ended, I was sad about Zane having to stay Pretty, and I didn't feel satisfied by the ending.

I felt like this story was really going somewhere, but it just fizzled for me.

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