Specials by Scott Westerfeld is the third book in the Uglies series.
According to my Goodreads (uhmmm friend me? if you want?), it took me over four months to finish this book. It's 384 pages. It's not a hard read. So why did it take me so long that I could have read 3 pages a day and finished it in the same time?
I mean, it talks about self-harm and it talks about consent regarding one's own body, I should be crazy about this book! But I'm not. I actually don't really like this series much at all. But I'm determined to see it through at this point.
I don't think it addresses being female well. I think Tally has a huge case of special snowflake syndrome. By this time in the series, I'm sick to death of her going back and forth on whether she wants the cure or doesn't want it. I'm sick of her and Shay's relationship. I don't think it's an accurate view of female friendships. I'm sick of Tally and her boy of the moment. I have pretty much no interest in whatever is happening to Tally as a a character. But I also do have just the barest bit of curiosity about the world. I think the world he's created isn't inaccurate. And I want to know what will happen to the world by the end of the story.
So I'll read the fourth book and finish the series, but I'm not thrilled about it.
Prequel / Sequel challenge points: 50 pts + 2 = 52 points!