Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 9, 2006
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 she's been turned into one of them: 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.
Review: The book was amazing! You really got to see just what happens when your made into a special. Tally, Shay, and a few other Crims from the city have been made into specials, specifically a group named the Cutters; Dr. Cables special specials. Right from the beginning they are set on taking down the New Smoke. But Tally's mind is elsewhere. She cant help but miss Zane, because hes not a special and she wants him to be. So Shay comes up with an idea to get him noticed by Dr. Cable and to help her group take down the New Smoke at the same time. So Tally and Shay follow Zane and his crew to the New Smoke but what they find is much bigger than they expected, and at the same time things are happening that could change the world as they knew it forever.
I loved the book. It was thrilling. You get sucked into the story right away. I loved the details (not only in this book but the other 2 as well.) Everything was so well explained that you could picture everything clearly and as it happened, just like you were actually there. I love books that give you such a clear image of whats going on and that make you feel like your actually there. I think it makes a book just that much better. Also, if anyone caught onto it while reading all 3 books. The last word of Uglies is pretty, the last word of Pretties is special, and the last word of Specials is ugly. Its a circle. It shows that Tally is more like her old self than whats shown on the outside, that shes still ugly deep inside.