~Published: May 9th, 2006
~Publisher: Simon Pulse
~Length: 384 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance, Adventure, Action, Fantasy
"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 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.
~ 5/5 Roses ~
Tally becoming a Special was, from the story's standpoint, incredible. Watching her go from a bubbly little pretty to a programmed fighting machine was really cool, and at the same time, gave me the heebie-jeebies! From Tally's standpoint though, it was a horrible thing to have happen. She's now programmed to destroy the place and people she truly loves.
I won't spoil the story, so I'm going to stop here. If you've read the first two books, you've got to read this one! It's amazing. If you haven't read the series yet, you should, because it's one you'll never forget, and I bet you'll never look at yourself the same way again (in a good way).
I really loved this series, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre! Are there any series you guys recommend?
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