Thursday, January 15, 2009

Specials, by Scott Westerfeld

Sequel to Pretties

In the first two books, we learn that humans destroyed the world with their carelessness for preserving the earth. This story is set in the future where the few survivors left built a society that makes humans conform by giving them mind altering surgery. The story is about a 16 year old girl named "Tally Youngblood" who learns that free will and truth are more important than a false sense of security.

In this installment, Tally wakes up a "special" and finds she is part of an elite team called the Cutters. Her best friend Shay is the leader of the group, and all of them have been outfitted with special upgrades. Like embedded computer chips, unbreakable ceramic bones, razors that come out of their fingernails, and a special stomach that can digest almost anything. Each of them are a supreme fighting machine with super strength and senses, the ultimate weapon.

Tally can think more clearly than ever, and she hasn't forgotten about Zane. Zane took the cure to the mind alteration in the last book, and it caused brain damage. Tally thinks if Zane becomes a special that he will be fixed and they can be together. The problem is Zane was left behind in the New Smoke. Dr. Cable, the inventor of the specials, wants the cutters to find the New Smoke and eliminate it once and for all. So, Tally and the cutters begin their adventure.

This was a super interesting book, but you will have a hard time following it if you haven't read the first two books. It would be best if you start at the beginning.


Book 1 Uglies
Book 2 Pretties
Book 4 Extras (Spin off book)


  1. I really need to start reading this series....

  2. Love this series! One of my favorites. Do you have the companion book From Bogus to Bubbly?

  3. No I don't have the companion book. Is it any good?