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Uglies, Book 3
Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
Series: Uglies, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

"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, in the third book in the series, Tally's been turned into a Special: 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.

©2008 Scott Westerfeld (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Jo
  • 16-01-16

As good as the rest!

It's hard to write a series and make all the books equally good but some how Westerfeld has done it!
Like with the other books in the series it took me 3 or 4 chapters to get in to, but after he got going I was hooked!
This book was my first experience with Audible, and I loved it! The one downside was I felt the narrator sounded a bit like Siri, but again after a few chapters I got over that.

A great book/series for older teens, especially if you loved Hunger Games.

If you're looking for similar titles, I'd recommend, The Hunger Games, Gone by Michael Grant (I think that's the author's name), The Maze Runner books (forgotten the author!) and Divergent by Veronica Roth (I found the main character frustrating, but I couldn't put the books down!)

A great book!

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  • Hallie Logan
  • 27-02-16

Favorite of the Bunch

Would you consider the audio edition of Specials to be better than the print version?

Before I bought the audiobook I read the whole series back when they were first published. I seem to recall throwing the book a few times in moments of frustration--can't do that to an audiobook. Unfair question though as I almost always prefer audiobooks to their printed siblings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fausto! I've always had a soft spot for Fausto even though he was never anything more then a main-minor character. I think that he "got it" more then most. He seemed to always be on the up and up even though nobody directly included him. I loved his awareness, determination, and independence.

Have you listened to any of Emily Tremaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to her read the other books in the series. The reading is consistant from one book to the next if a little disconnected and flat.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself becoming frustrated with the characters sometimes as they just 'didn't get it' yet. I also found myself worried for them.

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  • Gail
  • 18-10-18

I love em all

His books are outstanding such entertainment and l eaves one thinking. This could happen to us?

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  • Stephanie Zamora
  • 10-07-19

Definitely Made Me React More

There was certain parts that made me feel uncomfortable about the way the characters ideas on feeling 'icy' and being 'cutters' but I suppose that was part of the authors intent. The story line seemed more exciting to me than the last book. I don't like how the characters change so much & the relationships don't build beyond the book. You could even just read one and not the rest with how separated the story-lines/characters they are.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

Narrator

I feel like the narrator could show a little more emotion when reading. I still think she does a good job on the series though.

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  • Amanda C.
  • 09-05-20

repeat of book 2

Really enjoyed the first book- made me want to read the second...which was OK. Out of boredom finally decided to read the 3rd book...did not keep my attention. Not interested in continuing to the 4th.

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  • Ac
  • 20-11-19

One BIG thing that made me stop reading

I tried to see where they would go with this because I liked the other books. But when they turned cutting into a "Special" thing and talked about it in a way that sharp and to think clear there was NO WAY I could read anymore. I was hoping they would get help from the last book not turn it into something special. This is one book I will be returning.

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  • Sharon
  • 15-10-19

It just gets worse with each book

I am punishing myself for previous sins obviously. I am one of those people that once I have a book I cannot not finish it. This series proves to me that I need to stop this OCD tendency with books. So I finished this series to predictable results. Ugh! I was so glad when they were over. What horrible books and horrible premise. The writing is tedious at best and turgid at worst. The premise is laughable and the societies described totally unbelievable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-19

Specials

I read these books along with my granddaughter about ten years ago we both lovers them then and I even love more now having them read to me!

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  • S. Kelly
  • 04-09-19

Great book!

This book was amazing!! I've loved the entire series, and this book did not disappoint!

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  • Randi Smith
  • 12-07-19

not the best in the series

The first two books were, in my opinion, much better then this one. I feel like other then her being special and a few extra tricks it was just the pretties book all over again.