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Extras (Uglies Trilogy) Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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A few years after Tally and The Cutters brought the mind-rain and ended prettytime, Aya Fuse is a normal ugly teen, too young for the optional brain, face, and body surge(ry) that most people choose to have, and too unimportant to do anything exciting.
Her city uses a reputation economy, based on face-rank - the people who are the most important, well-known, and interesting get to do and have the most exciting things. Everyone has their own feed in an attempt to gain a higher face-rank, and Aya's greatest hope for fame is as a kicker, someone who finds and reports on the best stories in their world.
When she meets a group of dare-devil girls who aim to stay unknown, she knows that kicking their story is her chance to make her name. But when they all find some mysterious things in a nearby mountain, the story becomes bigger than Aya could have imagined - big enough to involve the person with the biggest face-rank - Tally Youngblood.
Like all of Westerfeld's books, this one swiftly takes you into a world so different and yet so realistic that you can't help but feel a bit disoriented when you finally set the book down. This was an excellent and enjoyable read, and I hope Westerfeld will write more in this series.
In this new world, where everything is changing, being pretty isn't enough to get by. Now it's fame that matters. The more famous you are, the higher your face rank is. A higher rank means more currency in a world where celebrity is everything.
Everyone is trying to get more attention somehow: "tech-heads" are obsessed with gadgets, "surge monkeys" are hooked on the newest trends in plastic surgery, and "kickers" use feeds (think blogs but techier and cooler because it's a Westerfeld idea) to spread the word on all the gossip and trends worth mentioning. But staying famous is a lot easier than getting famous. Just ask Aya Fuse. Fifteen-year-old Aya has had her own feed for a year, but her rank is still 451,369--so low that she's a definite nobody, someone her city calls an extra.
Aya has a plan to up her rank though. All she needs is a really big story to kick. Aya finds the perfect story when she meets the Sly Girls, a clique pulling crazy tricks in utter obscurity. As Aya follows her story she realizes it's much bigger than one clique: maybe the biggest story since Tally Youngblood changed everything.Read more ›
Extras begins in an exciting fashion. The world has become completely individualized since Tally brought down the Pretty system. Aya is a teenage Japanese girl who is completely unfamous in a city that runs on fame. Desperate to become famous, she follows what she thinks will be a story about a group of adventerous girls and discovers instead a potentially deadly secret. And the book just goes down hill from there.
Like Pretties and Specials, Extras begins in a fast-paced, mysterious fashion that completely hooks you in with all of the tantalizing possibilities it offers. And then it slips into a luke-warm middle and concludes in an ending that is not only uninteresting, but completely anti-climatic. I was left with a "Is that all there is?" feeling, a feeling that I have come to realize is typical of a patented Westfeld ending.
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It was a little slower getting into it after the first 3. But a great read after that:)Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I feel this series should have ended with book three. I couldn't get into the new character and engage in the story line. It felt like a completely different book than the rest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Hill
Great book, great series. If you haven't read these yet, they are an easy and interesting set.Published 1 month ago by movie fan
Scott Westerfelds series, Uglies has a way to pull you in whether it’s because of the wonder of what will come next or because of the spontaneous and brave making things they do... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kenzie nicole
I first read this book back in high school before Instagram and now I'm pretty mind-blown by how it relates to that aspect of today's society with people dedicating their life to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sabrina
I was a bit hesitant to pick up Extras, the final book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. This fourth book lives up to its title, as it is an extra addition to what was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christina
I was having a hard time understanding why this book was written because of the last book being so terrible an ending as it did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justice Pirate