Specials by Scott Westerfeld

I am a huge fan of this series and was so glad to see “Specials” out in paperback. See, I own the first two in paperback and I want to keep the formats the same. It’s a weird quirk. 😉 Anyway, I really enjoyed this book.

“Specials” continues to follow the story of Tally Youngblood. She has become a Special, and more specifically a Cutter. Cutters are extreme specials, created by the government. Tally is happy because she is able to work with Shay and they are always icy. (By the way, it’s amusing how I pick up some of the slang from this series!). Of course, nothing is ever easy for Tally. She begins missing her boyfriend, Zane. And the Smokies are causing more trouble than ever. Tally is forced to make some very difficult choices about who she is and who she wants to become. Her choices now affect her friends, city, and the wider world.

One of the over-arching themes that I really enjoy in this series is the idea of taking care of our world and environment. Tally’s world is the way it is because the Rusties (us!) destroyed the earth by over-building and using dangerous weapons like bioterrorism. There really are some great lessons in here.

School started 2.5 weeks ago, and two of my girls are completely in love with the Uglies trilogy. They have been walking around with their noses in “Pretties” for days! They can even tell you when the next installment, “Extras”, comes out. Well, they were ecstatic when I told them this morning that I saw “Extras” at Barnes and Noble last night- two weeks early! They were going out to buy it tonight. How great is that?????