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Specials: Uglies Quartet, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Popular sci-fi series bounces back with action, depth.

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Way to bounce back -- where Pretties (book 2) was lacking in excitement and plot twists, SPECIALS delivers. Tally is again put to the test mentally, trying to regain her own sense of self after yet another mind-altering operation. But thanks to her body rebuilt for danger, she's also got some truly fast-paced, nail-biting action scenes. It's a good balance of thoughtful and "icy," as the Specials would say.

Westerfeld's future world opens up, too, exploring what happens in a city with more freedoms and an ever-expanding immigrant population. This is the depth the series needed to keep it special -- and expand it into its final installment.

Book Details

  • Author: Scott Westerfeld
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: March 1, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 350
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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