With the exaggerated features and artificial enhancements, Specials have an elevated sense of themselves. Their egos are blown out of proportion and they’re quick to anger. Shay’s group of Specials are culled from the Pretty clique known as the Cutters. Despite their physical advantages, they feel the need to cut themselves, achieving the same bubbly clarity from pain that Pretties got from a rush of adrenaline. Specials, though, need to be extra bubbly: they need to be icy. With their overconfidence and new slang, the Cutters go around finding Uglies and Pretties trying to make their way out to the New Smoke. Among these runaways are the ringleaders--David, Tally’s former boyfriend, Maddy, his mother and mass producer of the Pretty cure, the other old Smokies, and a new recruit, Andrew Simpson Smith, one time experiment and full-time freedom fighter.
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