By: Scott Westerfeld
The Protagonist & Antagonist
The protagonist in the story is Tally. The story is focused on her thoughts and views. The story revolves around her and everything she does.
The antagonist in the story is Dr. Cable. She pushes Tally to betray her friends and the Smoke. Throughout the story she irritates Tally and her friends. She makes Tally think differently about what her future will be like.
External & Internal Conflicts
Tally is struggling to try to be made a pretty, but Dr. Cable keeps getting in her way. Dr. Cable keeps on giving her tasks which affect her friends and their lives, it also affects the way Tally is living her life, with Dr. Cable's tasks in her way she can't become pretty. She also is dealing with trying to keep both of her friends Shay and Peris happy. She is always trying to please them which are a few of the conflicts in this book.
Tally is having anxiety over if she doesn't complete Dr. Cable's task she won't become pretty. She is also is having trouble with deciding which place to abandon, the Smoke or the city. She struggles with having to tell David about how she betrayed the Smoke. This thought is really eating away at her. All of these things are causing Tally to develop anxiety over everything.
The Climax & Resolution
Climax:The climax is when Tally gets the task to betray the Smoke. If she doesn't complete the task she will be ugly forever. She also doesn't want to abandon Peris and she wants to become pretty so she can stay with him in the city. When she gets to the Smoke she has a big decision to make, whether to abandon the Smoke or not.
When Tally finally arrives to the Smoke and sees her friend Shay she realizes it isn't that bad of a place. She meets a guy named David and they start to fall in love. One night she meets his parents and she starts to feel deep feelings for David. After that night she decides she is on the Smoke's side and rebels against Dr. Cable and Special Circumstances.