Extras by Scott Westerfeld

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Novel Summation:

Fame. 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.

My Thoughts:

 This book was really interesting. The book takes place after the mind-rain and people no longer have lesions. However, society is far from being better. Instead of appearance equaling popularity, popularity actually equaled popularity. Those people with a low face rank are extremely famous and people get famous by sort of blogging. . Aya is the protagonist and she holds her own as a strong female lead just like Tally did in the Uglies series. She undergoes major character changes and really matures by the end of the book. Aya gets a boyfriend named Frizz in the book. Frizz is a part of a group called Radical Honesty. They have a surgery done that prevents them from being deceptive. This causes problems with Frizz and others since he isn’t able to lie. Tally returns in the end of the book and she seems to be really mean. She is still a special but she is very harsh and unforgiving. A new race is revealed in the book and they are the main source of drama. This book was really good and if you liked the Uglies series you will really enjoy this. I particularily enjoyed all the Japanese culture mentioned since I am a big fan of it.

 

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