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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.
- A nice addition to the Uglies world
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....more info
- A Wonderful Read!
I loved the new sequal! I was hesitant at first because it wasn't about Tally, but in the end I was very glad I bought it. The plot was full of unpredicted twists and turns, including the appearence of characters from the first three books. I loved it!...more info
I was thrilled to find out that a fourth novel was going to be added to the amazing Uglies trilogy in October of 2007. I was a little iffy when I heard that it wasn't going to be about Tally, who is a complex character I felt we could definately learn more about. I was extremely lucky to find an advance copy, and I devoured it in a day. To me, it felt like the author was just trying to drag out his success with this book. I felt like I knew everything that was going to happen, the romances didn't interest me, and the ending just seemed corny.
I felt very disappointed with the way that Scott Westerfeld chose to end his series on this note. Maybe he'll write another, but if he does, I will be more cautious about reading it and not get my hopes up for another supreme novel like Uglies. Sure, the new characters were interesting and different than the uglies, pretties, and specials of the previous books, but most of the time they seemed predictable and two-dimensional. I, however, being a huge fan of the series, did love seeing a conclusion for Tally in the end... I would definately not recommend this book to anyone who is not a huge fan of the Uglies trilogy or of Scott Westerfeld, because anyone else would find it boring and cliched. ...more info
- We recommend...
My daughter loves this book. She has read the rest of Scott Westerfields books and she recommends them all to those who love to read. She is hoping another book comes out after Extras....more info
- Love it1
I loved Extras! It kept me guessing throughout the entire book, and it was always very exciting. If you loved the Uglies trilogy, I reccommend reading Extras. It was alos interesting to see Tally portrayed from somenoe else's view, unlike in the Uglies trilogy....more info
Extras was a quick read that seemed simplistic on the outside but when you really thought about the characters and their fallacies they hit home. No matter how sure you are that you have the truth you quite often are wrong. Aya felt so sure she knew what the nonhumans were up to and yet she didn't follow through and confirm her suspicions but jumped right into an incorrect assumption. Who of us has ever had egg on their face!This story had a surprise ending and I supect that Mr. Westerfeld may be writing another book for this "series" as he now calls it....more info
- Not as good
Definitely not as good as the first three books. This is like a spin-off to a good tv show, which usually makes a BAD TV show- as in the case of this Bad spin off. It is NOT a must read if you enjoyed the uglies trilogy. ...more info
- LOVED this fourth in the "trilogy"!
I thought the series was finished when Tally Youngblood ended the prettytime and spurred on the changes that allowed everyone to think independently again. But I enjoyed the trilogy so much that I was more than ready for another look into the world.
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....more info
- Extras- the fourth book in the uglies trilogy
Extras was an amazing book with a great storyline, adventure, and cool furturistic gadgets. I loooooved it....more info
- A new twist to the series
This is a new book to the series, but it is not about the same characters. It is based in the same world, but a different area that is focused on pop culture. A nice addition to the series, but don't expect it to focus on Tally. ...more info
- Awesome fourth book in the series!
I loved this book as much as the last three in the series. (By the way, in Scott's words, "it's Uglies people, not THE Uglies")
Anyway, a lot of people don't really like this book because it was from Aya's view, not Tally's. And a lot of people just hate Aya in general. And then there are the people that don't like it because they don't think it's part of the series, so they refuse to read it.
Let me bring up a few points:
"People that don't think it's part of the series, so they refuse to read it..."
I've met a lot of people like this, actually. They think since it takes place years after, it's not an actual part of the series.
However, some of them also are the ones that wanted more books in the Uglies series. So that's what Scott gave to them. Because he was thinking of his fans.
"It's from Aya's view, not Tally's!"
Have you read Twilight? Well if you have, I would think you might also have read the one from Edward's view (I forgot what it was called). So therefor, I don't really see the problem.
Anyway, I don't think it was that big a deal. We got somebody else's point of view on the story, got to see what life was like through somebody else's eyes, and that's not a bad thing.
Scott was just trying to experiment with somebody else for once, plus it's not like Tally's out of the book completely.
"Aya was a because she was obsessed with fame!"
In a world like this book, who ISN'T obsessed with fame? They're trying to get higher in ranks, trying to do the right things, trying to get the latest trends and stuff like that.
Think about it this way:
When we were young, most of us wanted to be like the kids on TV. We wanted to wear stuff that would impress people, do dances that would impress people, and do stuff in general that would impress people. At least, that's what I was like when I was young.
But I learned my lesson, and so did Aya. In the end, she did the right thing for everybody. So, all in all, this book was great, despite what some people say about it. Five stars!
P.S. I once heard that Scott is thinking about a possible fifth book in the series. :D...more info
- Totally Bubbly!
I didn't know what to expect out of this book when I got, would Tally be in it? Would it be any good? Was Westerfeld just writing it for money? I didn't know but boy I'm happy I bought it.
Its about a girl named Aya Fuse who lives in a time after Tally Youngblood saved the bubbleheads/pretties. Aya's town lives by fame, where you try to do things to get famous and Aya isn't famous at all. She is considered an Extra. But then Aya meets a clique called the Sly Girls, who try to stay not famous and they do crazy things! So Aya decides she'll "kick" a story on them and make herself famous, but soon she is launched into something unimaginable.
So this book really kept me excited from pretty much the very beginning, I think Extras did better at that than the others did! Which I LOVED the others. And I never knew exactly what was gonna happen next. I would recommend to ANYONE who liked the Uglies, Pretties or Specials!...more info
- pretty good
its a very good book. this just doesnt measure up to uglies pretties and specials...more info
- Awesome Story - - Best if you have read the first three books
I was thrilled with this book. The story takes place a few years after Tally's takedown of the Special regime. I was very impressed with how timely it seemed even though it takes place thousands of years into the future. I became very immersed in the technology and world that the author created. The characters were realistic and showed similarities with the teens of today. An amazing ending to the story and a chance to see what happened with our favorite characters; Tally, Shay, Fausto, and David....more info
- A not-needed followup to Specials
Extras is a book true to its title. I am disappointed to admit that the book was really NOT needed. The Ugly/Pretty/Specials trilogy would have been much better off without the book Extras.
What I loved about Specials was how it left me thinking about what could happen next to Tally. It left some room for fun imagination. Instead Scott Westerfeld had to write another book that took all the fun out of guessing! The main character in this plot was also too much like the ugly Tally - always ready to betray her friends to get herself what she wanted. In Aya Fuse's case, it's fame. And the whole theme of fame and popularity is too cliche! If you're going to write a fourth book, why not make it original?
The only reason this book got at least a three star from me is how interesting it was to see Tally from another person's POV. All in all, the characters were too predictable and plain and the story just too long. I had barely enough motivation to get through to the end. A bad NOT NEEDED fourth book to what was before a brilliant trilogy...
- Enjoyable for adults
I bought this for my daughter, but I really enjoyed the exciting plot, imaginative vision of the future and believeable characters. There was an underlying theme of the importance of being honest and true to yourself (and your friends) that gave it emotional depth. And so good to see wonderful strong and resourceful teen heroines....more info
- A Search for Fame (and Other Things)
This, the fourth book in the Uglies trilogy, is in some ways better than the original series, as it provides a fresh viewpoint and new characters to look at the Pretties world after Tally Youngblood's radical revolution.
Aya is a 15 year old in a Japanese city, a city which has re-organized its economy around the idea of fame, or face-rank as called here. As a near faceless extra, with a face rank down in the 400,000's, Aya is driven to find a news story that will propel her to fame as one of the best `kickers' (equivalent to an investigative journalist) around. Accidentally observing a shadowy clique known as the Sly Girls, who for reasons of their own actively avoid fame, doing something both dangerous and fun, she decides that doing a story about this group will be a decidedly great way to help her in her quest to become something other than a nonentity. But the story of the Sly Girls leads her to a much larger story, one with potentially deadly consequences for the entire world, and one which will eventually attract the attention of the person with the #1 face-rank, Tally Youngblood, while at the same time involve Aya in the moral and ethical quandaries that journalism sometimes leads to.
The plot line is good, leading to some very unexpected corners of the world, and Aya is well drawn. The new society portrayed here makes an interesting contrast to that of the mind-hobbled Pretties, as without those mental limitations this new world shows a vibrancy of many different people heading off in all directions, from tech geek-hood to obsessive gossip-generating stunts. There's even some sly satire about things like how some people try to improve their Google rank today with a group in Aya's world who try to artificially boost someone's face rank by mentioned that person's name again and again.
The above is all good, but I found a few things that nagged. There are some technical bobbles, which are difficult to detail without giving away the plot, but I'll give one example. When you accelerate a multi-ton piece of steel to orbital escape velocity in an air-evacuated tunnel, then launch it up into the air, the result will be a very loud bang, hearable for miles around, and this thunder will continue following the projectile for a very long way. This is not good if you are trying to conceal the launch of such a projectile, especially if you are launching hundreds of these objects. There are some plausibility issues with the methods and aims of what turns out to be the `villain' of this story. And once again, as with the original Pretties world, I found that the economic underpinnings of the portrayed society to be too skimpily described and worked-out to make me fully believe in it. These are quibbles, and many readers probably won't notice them amongst the fast action and all the new surprises this book has.
A good follow-up to the original series, with some fresh and original ideas and characters, well worth reading for those who read the first three books.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
- The BEST book in the series!
The "Extras" book was an unexpected sequel to the "Uglies" trilogy, and many people had doubts about how good it would be. I ordered it, although I had suspicions that it would feel out of place to the rest of the books. I was so wrong. I read it all in one day, it hooked me way faster and stronger than the other books in the series.
The new world that Scott Westerfeld created for us after the "Prettytime", where people were segregated by their beauty. This new world is extremely similar to our own American culture (even more than the one in the "Uglies" trilogy), because everyone is constantly trying to become more and more famous and truly depicts how we live through our celebrities and wish to become them. And although our new heroin, Aya, is similar to Tally, I found her to be more like-able and endearing. The romance between Frizz and Aya made me go "awww", even more than Tally and Zane.
The twists at the end were shocking, especially the one concerning Aya's culture and ethnicity. I loved how Tally was depicted after all these years, not the usual heroin tat everyone expected. She seems bitter, as she should be after experiencing so much. The way they described Tally and Shay's friendship was also interested, and Tally's line about mistakes that could never be fixed, even concerning her own best friend, was thought provoking.
This installment in the "Uglies" series is much more apocalyptic and will hook you from the very first chapter, like it did for me. ...more info
- It just keeps coming
I throughly loved the Extras. I was a little hesitant because, "Wasn't this supppsed to be a trilogy?" But, my low expectations were disapated. The book is amazing. Aya is a real and believable character who easily takes over the scene. I have mixed feelings about Tally and the way the third book ended, but I really enjoyed this one. I really hope he writes a fifth, and keeps this whole thing moving.
- Great Book
This book has the right mix of reality and fantasy. You can relate to Aya even when the book is at its most unrealistic points. Each of the books connect to each other very well. This book was great I'd recommend this book and series to just about anyone!...more info
- Twist in the series
I love this author. I have read all of the books in the series and some that aren't in the series. The author has a very creative view of life.
This book is a refreshing new twist on the series. I read a lot of books so when i haven't read a book in a while it's hard for me to remember where i left off, but this book is from i new point of view with only some points from the paso. It was really easy to get into the book fast. Though it did have references to the past books but those were main parts in the old books so it was easy to follow along.
So definitely read this book if you haven't, it is wonderful and teaches a very good lesson....more info
- A knockout coda
The uglies series was one of the best fantasy trilogies of the new millennium, and the follow-up Extras does anything but disappoint.
This book stars newcomer Aya instead of previous protagonist, Tally Youngblood. However Tally lovers don't fret, for this new world has far from forgotten the wonderful woman. Any lives in a society in Japan that revolves around one thing, popularity. Her life and world is thought-provoking in a way both similar and different then Tally's. She doesn't have to worry about becoming a Pretty or fighting the Specials, she has to deal with a society, and a face-rank, designed to keep the socialites up and the "extras" down.
Her world so very eerily much like our own, is a wonderful "what if" of how our world could turn out. Going off of Scott Westerfeld's spectacular dystopia future, this book explores the very dark questions of fame and those who would want it. ...more info