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Extras by Scott Westerfeld

February 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: It’s a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it’s all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.

As if being fifteen doesn’t suck enough, Aya Fuse’s rank of 451,369 is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn’t care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.

Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity…and extreme danger. A world she’s not prepared for.

First off this isn’t really a 4th book in the Uglies trilogy although Tally and a couple other Cutters do make an appearance.  Aya is the main character and the story focuses on her ambition to kick a story that will make her famous and boost her rank.  It’s actually kind of sad that once the bubblehead surgery was stopped how some humans reverted back to allocating resources based on how famous a person is.  Aya is especially feeling the pressure once her older brother, Hiro, becomes one of the most famous kickers.  Although Aya initially hopes the Sly Girls story will jump start her kicker reputation she soon stumbles across a much bigger and more dangerous story.  With the help of her brother, his best friend and a cute guy who created a brain surge that forces him to always speak the truth, she tracks down what could be the biggest story ever.  I don’t want to give it away as it is a surprise ending.

Again, I still think Uglies was the best book in this story line but I did like seeing how humanity was fairing 3 years after Tally and the others told the world the truth about the mind altering during the pretty surgery.  You don’t always get to see what happens after the happily ever after and find out if it really was happily ever after and if you do the story is usually a disappointment.  Westerfeld was smart to use the same world but not to try and hold on to all the same characters.  It added a freshness to the story that kept it my interest and made it a nice addition to the Ugly/Pretty world.

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