I know, I know, you read the description and you can already cut the metaphors with a chainsaw. And, yeah, the symbolism is obvious, but surprisingly..Show More » not as heavy handed as you'd think.
More to the point, it's extremely well done. The universe is well developed without having to have characters stop and explain the history to each other every five minutes. You actually care about the people in the story, and the author succeeds in writing for young adults and about young adults without forgetting that young adults aren't eight years old. Furthermore, the science fiction aspects aren't rammed down your throat, and aren't spread thickly. Lastly, the characters are utterly believable in the culture they inhabit, and the culture is really thought out.
I accidentally had one detail of the book spoiled for me-- a big aspect of the ending-- but I found that I had forgotten about it by the time that it happened.
The reader is talented, although some of the voices can be a little annoying until you get used to them, then you like them. You can HEAR the characters' facial expressions at times.
I was very upset that I finished the first book while 30 minutes from home, then I had to wait while the second downloaded, and now I have to go to bed. I am considering buying the third already so that doesn't happen again.
I read the book Uglies and am now listening to Pretty's. I enjoy the concept of the books in spite of their clumsy teenager angst. I find the writing ..Show More »to be a bit immature. I don't mean this in a negative way, just in a "not that polished" kind of way. There are some very interesting concepts presented that I thought could be expanded upon. I know it is written for teens, but am always disappointed when junior fiction books read as if their audience is a bit dense. That aside, I do like the author's idea of what our world progresses into and the way those generations look back to our time.
The real reason for the low three star rating is the narration. I find the nasally voice extremely grating. I don't even know if I can finish listening to this book. I may have to go back to reading Prettys and Specials. The characters all sound completely brain dead - even the one's who aren't supposed to be. I can't decide if it would be better with a different narrator, or it's just the way the books are written that give it a very "patronizing" feeling.
Another gem from Scott Westerfield with Specials. Tally continues to be instrumental in change within her society. I still feel as though Tally is n..Show More »ot quite the heroine she is made out to be in the story -she is pushed and forced into things throughout the book instead of being the fore-runner, and then she is given credit for being the instrument of change- although in this book she is more directly responsible for the decisions that cause all the excitement. I love what the book implies about where we are heading with our treatment of the planet, but this book is not as harsh about the overuse of cosmetic plastic surgery as the rest of the series but that follows the story line to the next reasonable conclusion. Its nice to see a different city and get a little more background on the interaction between cities too. It was a great listen and a great story and I continued to the next book also with excitement. Scott Westerfield has become a writer that I would definitely look for in my reading and listening future.
Really liked this book a lot....would have given it another half star if I could. It is a great new story and a follow up. I wasn't sure I was ready..Show More » for another book in this world after the great trilogy (Uglies, Pretties & Specials)! It is different, the same.....but new and really well written and read. Some of the old characters emerge in this book but in a fun twist. If you were a fan of the trilogy, you'll love this one too!