Tally has the unique ability to be extremely likable while making the reader cheer for her failure. This is actually due to Scott Westerfield’s brilliant scheming.
In many ways these stories are about Tally and her struggle to learn where she belongs in the world – a common theme for young adult fiction, and in fact for young adults. It is also about how she always ends up on the wrong side. She is always being manipulated and forced to do things without even knowing if she wants to or not.
In Specials Tally has to choose between getting what she wants and what she wants. She has friends on both sides of a major conflict that might not end until somebody dies.
I felt like this book was much deeper than the previous but gave little time to notice it. After the events of the previous books I was doubtful that Tally could keep the action up without it becoming repetitive. However, things get bigger and more real in this final volume. Scott Westerfield is a brilliant storyteller.
I really enjoyed this book. If you haven’t read this series you should, I can’t imagine anybody who wouldn’t like it.