Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras (Uglies, #4)
Blurb(from Goodreads):


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.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Extras (Uglies, #4)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the ‘Uglies’ series.
It’s three years since Tally Youngblood woke the planet up with her ‘mind rain’ and took away everyone’s pretty-mindedness. Now everyone is ‘bubbly’ all the time, and things are very different (this sounds like nonsense doesn’t it?).
15-year-old Aya Fuse lives in an ugly dormitory in Japan, and has a ‘face rank’ of 451,396 (out of 1,000,000). This means that she is incredibly average. In the society in which she lives, instead of money people earn merits – for work, and face ratings – for celebrity. It is a combination of these that determines where you live, how much stuff you are entitled to etc, and Aya desperately wants to increase her face rank, and become someone – and also in the process to be able to afford stuff.

Excecionais (Uglies, #4)Following a group of girls called the ‘sly girls’ who nobody believes really exist, Aya is determined to get footage of them using her hover-cam, and ‘kick’ it to the world – this is like publishing a story online for the world to read – hence increasing her ‘face-rank’. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan, and Aya finds herself inducted into the ‘Sly girls’ gang, with her hover-cam at the bottom of a water reservoir. Little does she know that this will lead to events that will not only make her famous, but will change the world as she knows it forever.

Extras (Uglies, #4)Although this book is a bit different to the first three, it is still a pretty good book. I have to say that it was a bit weird at first not being with Tally, and obviously the world was changed a bit too from the first three books, with these new ideas about face-rank, and merits and stuff.

The gadgets in this book weren’t really any different to those in the previous books, so nothing new there, but I am still loving the strange way they speak. Can’t wait to tell someone that they are ‘brain-missing’ or ‘sanity-challenged’!

I’m pleased that I read this book to complete the series, and it was nice to see how the world had changed following the end of the ‘pretty-mindedness’ that occurred at the end of the third book. We did get a cameo from Tally, Shay, and David towards the end, and it was nice to find out that Tally did really end up with David, which wasn’t really clear at the end of the last book.

I have to say that some of the ideas at the end of the book were just a bit weird, and stretching just a bit too far in my opinion. The mystery in the book was pretty good, but just fell apart a bit at the end, when I just sort of thought ‘really?’

Overall though, I would say that this book is worth reading if you enjoyed the previous three books, but is, I would suggest, the weakest of the series.
7 out of 10.


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