Monday, 19 August 2013
Book Review: Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Tally certainly is Special indeed. She's become one of the super strong, super fast fighting machines created to keep the Pretties from figuring things out. She and Shay are given the task of wiping out the rebels of New Smoke, but there's still that nagging voice that something isn't quite right.
I raced through this one much as I did the other two. The whole series has proved to be a very fast read.
Tally doesn't seem to be as relatable in this one, she's too far removed from everyone else once she's a Special. She's pretty much programmed to look down on them and it kind of gets a little irritating!! But she has had her mind and memories changed yet again, she's only reacting the way she has been made to.
It was definitely interesting to see some more of this world, though I do wonder about distances. There's no sense of scale really to this world, other than the new city is quite far away. The world between towns is left to grow wild, there's an almost reverence for the natural world which is a theme running through the books.
In the end, Tally has some hard decisions to make about herself and her claim over her own body. I liked how she chose to end this.