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specials

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Genre : Science-Fiction - Young Adults

American publisher : Simon Pulse : 9,99$

English publisher : Simon & Schuster Childrens Books : 6,99£

Synopsis : " Specials 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 migt 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 taht 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 : listento that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same."

A passage :

"Manifesto

I don't need to be cured. Just like I don't need to cut myself to feel, or think. From now on, no one rewires my mind but me.
Back in Diego, the doctors said that I could learn to control my behavior, and I have. You all helped, in one way or another.
But you know what? It's not my behavior I'm worried about anymore. It's yours.
That's why you won't be seeing me for a while, maybe a long time. David and I are staying out here in the wild.
You all say you need us. Well, maybe you do, but not to help you. You have enough help, with the millions of bubbly new minds about to be unleashed, with all the cities coming awake at last. Together, you're more tahn enough to change the world without us.
So from now on, David and I are here to stand in your way.
You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.
You have your New Smokes, your new ideas, whole new cities and New Systems. Well...we're the new Special Circumstances.
Whenever you push too far into the wild, we'll be here waiting, ready to push back. Remember us every time you decide to dig a new foundation, dam a river, or cut down a tree. Worry about us. However hungry the human race becomes now taht the pretties are waking up, the wild still has teeth. Special teeth, ugly teeth. Us.
We'll be out here somewhere - watching. Ready to remind you of the price the Rusties paid for going too far.
I love you all. But it's time to say good-bye, for now.
Be careful with the world, or the next time we meet, it might get ugly.

- Tally Youngblood"


Specials is the best of the series so far. We enter the action from the very first pages and we can't wait for the end. The end is neither happy or unhappy, but it lets us thinking...

We can find in this series a message to humankind about the abuses of our civilization in every area, an SOS about the future of the planet, a warning against thinking dictatorships, and conformism...

Well it is at least how I interpret it...But I really recommend this series and not only for young adults...