Goodreads Summary:

“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.

This was actually my favorite of the series, and it will be my last for the series as well.

Is it just me or are all the books in this series the same basic story line? 1) feel like somethings missing 2) run away 3) get caught and turned into what you fear 4) betray the Smoke. Seriously, this has happened in all three books.

Anyway, I liked how Tally finally faced the repercussions of all her actions and made a decision of her own when it comes to how to look/think. I also liked the inevitable resort back to human nature through Dr.Cable, showing that the Specials weren’t really special, just blinded to the emotions that make human nature bearable.

I didn’t really care about what happened between Zane and Tally, and I am hopeful that David and Tally will get back together, I feel pretty certain they will after Tally has time to readjust to the aftermath of the “war.”

As I said, I will not reading the fourth one, I don’t get why you’d change the MC in the last book of the series. I felt there was good closure with this one too. The freedom from the mind alterations and Tally and David acting as nature police – it’s a good balance between the two major themes of the series.


4 thoughts on “Specials

  1. I felt similarly about reading the fourth one at first, but it’s actually a very good stand alone, if you think of it like that. The world-building is extremely interesting, and worth the read in itself. Also, you get a cameo form Tally and David.

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