"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.
©2008 Scott Westerfeld (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
What doesn't kill me ... Gives me XP.
Before I bought the audiobook I read the whole series back when they were first published. I seem to recall throwing the book a few times in moments of frustration--can't do that to an audiobook. Unfair question though as I almost always prefer audiobooks to their printed siblings.
Fausto! I've always had a soft spot for Fausto even though he was never anything more then a main-minor character. I think that he "got it" more then most. He seemed to always be on the up and up even though nobody directly included him. I loved his awareness, determination, and independence.
I've listened to her read the other books in the series. The reading is consistant from one book to the next if a little disconnected and flat.
I found myself becoming frustrated with the characters sometimes as they just 'didn't get it' yet. I also found myself worried for them.
This installment with Tally as an obnoxious and totally annoying character...well, it's never a good sign when you wish the main character would just die already. It's especially disheartening when you were rooting for her in the first 2 books, which were enjoyable.
Further, the overuse of the words "special," "icy," "Tallywa," etc. made for a grating listening experience--that along with endless hoverboard descriptions and descriptions of people cutting themselves to "get icy."
This series was recommended to me by a student and and it is a wonderful reflection upon identity, anarchy, and socialism. "Specials" is not as engaging do to pacing problems and less detail with regards to how things (future tech) works.
I loved the character growth Tally goes through every book. I read this back in high school and now that I don't have much time to read because of work and college I love listening to this series over again doing my daily errands. Can't wait to start the last book of this series!
The narrator does such an amazing job pulling you into the story and allowing you to feel all the emotions as if she is the characters! It is addicting from the first chapter and keeps you wanting more until you realize it's over! Another success for Scott Westerfeld! Now surprise it made the best sellers list. I want the series to keep going so we can see how everything begins to change after all that had happened! Read from the first book to the last and you won't be sorry!!
"As good as the rest!"
It's hard to write a series and make all the books equally good but some how Westerfeld has done it!
Like with the other books in the series it took me 3 or 4 chapters to get in to, but after he got going I was hooked!
This book was my first experience with Audible, and I loved it! The one downside was I felt the narrator sounded a bit like Siri, but again after a few chapters I got over that.
A great book/series for older teens, especially if you loved Hunger Games.
If you're looking for similar titles, I'd recommend, The Hunger Games, Gone by Michael Grant (I think that's the author's name), The Maze Runner books (forgotten the author!) and Divergent by Veronica Roth (I found the main character frustrating, but I couldn't put the books down!)
A great book!
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