Specials – Scott Westerfield

ISBN 978-1-4424-1979-7 Published by Simon Pulse

Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she’s one of them.  A Special.  A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn’t better than anything she’s ever known.  Tally still has memories of something else.

Still, it’s easy to tune that out – until she’s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently.  It all comes down to one last choice, listen to this tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete.  Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.


Tally is special.  She knows it, and she is.  She is a Special.  A person with outstanding abilities and is able to bring down the smokies… if they could find them.

Tally is now a cutter, along with Shay after being taken back and specialised, but when one of their forays goes horribly wrong, they have to leave.  With Tally’s boyfriend being taken to the New Smoke, Tally and Shay have to keep track of them, and keep one step ahead.  But even when they reach the new smoke, the discoveries aren’t quite what they all expected, especially when Shay and the Cutters all take the cure.

This was a fantastic way to complete the trilogy of the three stories, and there is an interesting twist at the end of the story, that caught me by surprise.

Extra’s is the next story, but from my understanding, it doesn’t follow on the story of Tally, Shay or the rest of the Cutters / Crims.


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