Georgia Blain / Aug 19, 2019

Special A breathtaking glimpse into our future from the acclaimed author of Darkwater I am not Delia Greene I should not be here Why haven t they come for me Alone in my room I log onto the Wastelands the d

  • Title: Special
  • Author: Georgia Blain
  • ISBN: 9780857988072
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • A breathtaking glimpse into our future from the acclaimed author of Darkwater.I am not Delia Greene I should not be here Why haven t they come for me Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of worA breathtaking glimpse into our future from the acclaimed author of Darkwater.I am not Delia Greene I should not be here Why haven t they come for me Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of words that cannot be unravelled, and I start to tell this story The names are changed So are the locations As for the rest It is up to you to choose what you want to believe Special is a beautifully crafted and atmospheric YA novel set in the not too distant future, where corporations control everyone s lives from their DNA to their schooling and career Where a Lotto Girl designed from before birth to be Special in every way can escape the slums and be given every opportunity to shine at an exclusive boarding school Where the future is bright Until it all goes wrong .

    Special Definition of Special by Merriam Webster Adjective This is a special case and I want you to handle it personally Only under special circumstances will you be allowed to retake the test Your many years of service put you in a special Special Synonyms, Special Antonyms Thesaurus Now, a gent with special fine eyes might find that you looked like the gent on this poster Each period of our national history has had its special challenges. Special Define Special at Dictionary pertaining to people with singular needs or disabilities, or to their education disabled students with special needs state funding for special schools. Special definition of special by The Free Dictionary Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion rode to work on the commuter special. special Definition of special in English by Oxford Dictionaries Definition of special better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual, belonging specifically to a particular person or place, denoting a gro Special Synonyms, Special Antonyms Merriam Webster Thesaurus special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own

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      • Georgia Blain

        Georgia Blain has published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories, and a memoir Her first novel was the bestselling Closed for Winter, which was made into a feature film She was shortlisted for numerous awards including the NSW and SA Premiers Literary Awards, and the Nita B Kibble Award for her memoir Births Deaths Marriages Georgia s works include The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close to Home, and the YA novel Darkwater In 2016, in addition to Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia also published the YA novel Special She lived in Sydney, where she worked full time as a writer.


    1. This review originally appears on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! Actual Rating: 2.5Dystopians are one of my favourite genres, because they explore a future that could be possible if the balance of power gets out of hand. Combining extreme poverty on one end, and the pampered lives of the rich, it often provides an in-depth exploration into human nature. Special explores a harrowing future owned by corporations, where the rich and the privileged can custom design their chi [...]

    2. leslecturesdemylene/2014/20 - de bonnes idées et des personnages agréables mais le tout un peu trop brouillon pour que j'ai adhéré totalement

    3. This book was amazing and wonderful and I couldn't put it down.But then it just ended and I was disappointed.If this is the first book setting up a new series then it was perfect and I eagerly await the next one.If however that was the end of the story then I am disappointed as I feel there is so much left unanswered.The writing was brilliant and the story thought provoking and intriguing I really hope there is more of this story and world to come. I would love to watch these characters grow fur [...]

    4. Dystopian isn't my thing, but I wanted to read a contemporary Australian author. Unfortunately this didn't do much for me.None of the characters had terribly defining features (except for what they were good at; music, maths, communications etc but I wouldn't count that), which made the story beige and not connect as much (or at all, really). They were severely underdeveloped and just, well, boring. The plot had a pretty hackneyed message; watch out for technology, it'll go too far. That's partl [...]

    5. [laura-passage/lotto-girl/]Lotto Girl est une dystopie qui casse les genres et qui ne séduira que les adeptes d'histoire à double-sens. Ainsi, avec son héroïne contradictoire, Georgia Blain se concentre avant tout sur les notions de vérité, de confiance, et de bien et de mal.

    6. A three-way cross between Never Let Me Go, Gattaca, and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series.Fern is a ‘Lotto Girl’, her impoverished parents having won the ability to craft a genetically-specialised child. This is a world where people are owned and housed by corporations, where most people live in slums and struggle to survive, where currency has been replaced by ill-defined “data”, and the ultimate punishment is “datawiping” - a sort of identity theft and banishment that kills many w [...]

    7. An enjoyable young adult dystopian fiction. It reminded me quite a lot of Never Let Me Go in some aspects, and was quite well-written, however I would've added an extra star for a more fleshed-out ending. It felt like the ending of book one a series, however certain bridges were burned in the conclusion that make me believe this is meant to be a stand-alone book. I think there needed to be more build up to the character choosing the course of action that she did to make it feel more in-keeping w [...]

    8. This was an interesting story of bio-genetically enhanced children specially endowed either through the wealth of their parents or of having won a random draw (the Lotto) to have a life of privilege and service in their particular speciality while most of the world's population lived in appalling conditions scarcely able to find enough shelter and enough to eat. It seems that whatever the ruling system it will not be egalitarian but always elitist and the under-privileged will have to struggle a [...]

    9. I am assuming there must be a sequel as the story just ended. This story seemed very similar to so many future YA novels I have read and hence the 3 stars. It was an easy read but it didn't really grip me like other novels I have read!

    10. Lotto Girl a été ma toute dernière lecture de l’année 2017. Je l’avais demandé en service de presse car plusieurs personnes m’en ont parlé sur le salon de Montreuil et que l’histoire m’intriguait. Je dois avouer que je ne m’attendais pas à autant apprécier ma lecture. J’ai vraiment été véritablement surprise par rapport à une lecture que je m’attendais à trouver simplement agréable, alors que c’est quasiment un coup de cœur ! Si vous aimez les histoires futuriste [...]

    11. my-bo0ks/2017/08/lottoJ’étais vraiment curieuse de découvrir Lotto Girl. Sa quatrième de couverture m’avait vraiment interpellé et lisant peu de dystopie ces derniers temps, j’avais vraiment hâte de découvrir celle-ci.Fern fait partie des quatre chanceuses, des quatre Lotto Girl de cette année-là. Elles quittent famille, maison, amis pour devenir quelqu’un d’unique.Lotto Girl a la particularité de jongler entre passé et présent. Notre héroïne, Fern est heureuse dans son en [...]

    12. Blain has created a not-too-distant-future that is very bleak. She has used many current technologies and extended them to the extreme. Children are now created by design; those who can afford it can pay for any modifications for their offspring they choose, be they aesthetic or intellectual, like purchasing a product from an online catalogue. However, for the poorer members of society, there is a lottery and a chance for their child to escape the slums.Fern is a Lotto Girl: designed from pre-bi [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this. One of the best YA books that I've read in ages and it's a shame that it's not more popular.Fern is a teenager living in a dystopian world where she is currently in hiding and has to perform menial labour just to survive.But what the people around her don't know is that Fern is special because she is a Lotto girl. Her parents were prizewinners who won the chance to design their own perfect child. Yet she has been taken away from that life. How and why did she end up in the [...]

    14. 3,5/5 malgré les réflexions intéressantes sur l'eugénisme, le monde crée par l'auteure m'a semblé trop brouillon pour y être suffisamment immergée. Une dystopie mais pas assez développé et une fin pas à la hauteur de mes espérances. Chronique à venir sur le blog

    15. Une ambiance ensorcelante et énigmatique, mais qui suscite aussi de la frustration à cause du dénouement hâtif et confusclarabelnalblog/arc

    16. Just ok teen dystopian. The story occurs in media res as Fern describes how she has ended up as a sort of rubbish sorter in a futuristic world in which data is money. She describes her childhood at a slightly sinister boarding school as a "lotto" student, her parents having won a lottery to have her genetically designed. Basically the dynamic is that she is a scholarship student in a school of snobs. However, rebellion is on the horizonBlain's use of language is very strong. Unfortunately, the p [...]

    17. My final rating is probably closer to 3.5 to 3.75 stars, but whatever, I like to round up. This was a really interesting read, though the ending was quite abrupt and left more questions than answers. I really liked the differences in the various environments in this book, from the clean, easy living of BioPerfect to the cesspit like conditions of ReCorp where everyone scrapes by on little to nothing, even if it does resemble other dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games trilogy (The Capital vs [...]

    18. This was not good. There was nothing original about the plotline, the characters were boring as all hell, the world building sucked balls, the pacing was all over the place, nothing made sense and I was just left frustrated and annoyed by the end of this book. The first quarter showed intrigue and I was sucked in a little. The second quarter was boring but hey, I wanted to know what was happening. It wasn't until I got halfway in that I realised nothing was going to change and this was a waste o [...]

    19. Fern is one of four Lotto students who have been genetically engineered to create certain special characteristics. This procedure is usually only available to the wealthy and powerful, but some lucky parents from the poorer classes are given the privilege to select the genetic makeup of their children and to send them to elite schools where they get the best education, health care and nutrition.Fern loves her privileged life at her elite school, but all is not well with the society outside its w [...]

    20. This is a book I will definitely recommend to school teachers and librarians. It deals with questions of nature vs nurture / bio tech / environment / corporate responsibility / profit vs people and how we as a society define "special". There is no clear-cut solution in this story which would encourage class debate and it shows more than one perspective of the issues; all through the experience of the protagonist Fern. The future dystopian world depicted here is not that hard to imagine given the [...]

    21. The post apocalyptic world Fern Marlow inhabits is a future where corporations control everything and the poor are pretty much born into slavery to provide for the rich. Babies are genetically modified to possess the traits, looks and talents the parents choose (and pay for). A lucky few from the poorer classes get access through a genetic lottery and Fern Marlow is one of the resultant Lotto Girls.As Fern discovers more about the hidden truths of her world and its past, this future might be mor [...]

    22. Fern Marlow is alone, datawiped and in hiding. Her mobie says she's Delia Greene, a ReCorp refuse sorter. Every day she queues to work, to earn just enough to stay alive. Every night she dreams of the past and the life she's meant to be living, back at Halston, an exclusive school for those wealthy enough - or lucky enough - to be genetically designed.Her rescuers said her former life was a lie, that she can trust no one. They also said they'd come back for her, and they haven't. Fern doesn't kn [...]

    23. This story was okay, but I never felt truly engaged with the story. Perhaps because much of the action took place in the past, or perhaps because the characters read flat, whatever it was, this book and I just never clicked. It's difficult to explain, but the writing was great in the way that the words resonated brilliantly throughout, but the writing also wasn't great at all, because the story and characters fell flat. A difficult book to review. It is one I wouldn't necessarily recommend, but [...]

    24. Special describes a dystopian future in which the wealthy and the lucky few who win Lotto are able to have their genetic makeup determined by BioPerfect, one of a number of large companies who control the world. The main character and narrator is Fern, a Lotto child, and the plot revolves around her development as she learns of the inequality and horrors her world. An interesting premise, reminsecent of Never Let Me Go, but with an unsatisfying conclusion.

    25. In Special, Georgia Blain imagines a world not too far removed from what is possible now.A world before 'The Breakdown'.A world where data is the new currency and where genetic modification is the norm. For some.For everything has a price. Even our individual identity.Especially our individual identity.A world where being special isn't all its cracked up to beonasbooks/20

    26. I liked the premise for this story, but I thought some parts were a bit boring. Fern, the main character has been 'special' but is now living a life in hiding. Not a lot really happens, it is only towards the end that secrets emerge that I think will lead to another book, but I think a lot of scenes could have been cut and more could have been added to the story. I didn't feel many of the side characters were fleshed out enough

    27. Rating: 3.5 Stars I absolutely adore the concept of this novel but feel that we spend most of story being told what was happening rather than seeing was happening around us. I would love to have another 50 or so pages to explore the ending a little more, or even a second book to explore this world and its characters some more.

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