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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.

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  • Another patented Westerfeld Ending....
    I first read Uglies for my YA lit class, and I loved it. I loved it so much that I went on to read Pretties, and then Specials. And it was after I finished reading Specials that I began to notice a trend, a trend that Extras continues: Westfeld cannot write a decent ending.

    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....more info
  • Trilogy has a whole new meaning
    Extras is the FOURTH book in the Uglies trilogy, or rather series. The story takes place in Japan a few years after the Diego War (Specials). The world has surfaced from Prettytime and has adopted the fame system. The more you are known, the better you live. Citizens do anything to get noticed. Aya Fuse is a total nobody, her face rank is just emabarrising (totally unkicking) until she finds a story that could change everything. If she could kick the story, she'd go from nobody to 'the somebody' and all would be well, right? Of course not, Aya discovers there is a little more to this story than first met the eye. Forget fame, the world could be in danger...
    Extras is the next mind-blowing installment by Scott Westerfeld filled with all the lingo and humor all Uglies readers have grown to love. ...more info
  • Awesome
    This book was amazing!! I was a little hesitant when I heard it wasn't about Tally, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. The characters are well written and likable. You find yourself falling into the story, and you cannot put it down until you turn that final page. The end left me yearning for more and I really hope he writes another. ...more info
  • Not Extra at All
    Scott Westerfeld has written yet another book; called Extras, in the Uglies trilogy (technically a series). A fantastic read for witty teenagers, Extras relates to present society's desire for fame.

    This fiction book in the future is about a fifteen year old girl named Aya Fuse. The world has settled since Prettytime and is now run by the fame system. The more you're known, the better you live. Aya has an embarrassing face rank until she finds a story about a mysterious clique that attempts dangerous stunts. It's a story that could change everything. If able to kick it, Aya could go from nobody to the biggest somebody. However, nothing is really that easy. Aya must face obstacles and might discover that there's more to the story than what meets the eye. Danger... You'll have to read to see how Aya solves her problems. The story moves along and hits intriguing life lessons.

    I would recommend this book to people who like adventure, suspense, heroic women, friendship, and a little tender romance. Westerfeld did a great job relating some of the events to today's society. He throws in events that you wouldn't expect to happen then leaves you hanging on wanting more. Before long, you can't put the book down. The friends stick together creating an inspiration to be a better person. I will assure you, Extras is not extra at all.
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  • My favorite of the series
    I was lucky enough to get to read an advance copy of this book (and meet the author) this past weekend. I loved the book! I think it's my favorite of the series, mainly because it relates so clearly to our culture's desire for fame. But I think the world-building is fantastic in all of the books and I was excited to return to that world for this fourth visit. I also enjoyed getting a perspective other than Tally's as well as seeing Tally from someone else's eyes. Aya is terrific, young and prone to making mistakes but trying to do the right thing. : ) A commendable heroine!...more info
  • Some spoilers -- and so-so read. Promising, doesn't live up.
    Set in the same "Uglies" universe as the previous three books, but set three years after Tally caused the "mind-rain" (when bubbleheads were given the choice to have their lesions repaired so they weren't empty-mindedly happy), this book takes place in Japan.

    Aya Fuse's city decides to award resources to people based on their reputation/fame. This is done by everybody being given their own feed (Internet) once of age and their own hovercam. The more often someone's feed is watched, or name is mentioned, the higher their rank, and the more luxuries they are allowed. For example, the higher rank you have, the more luxurious your house can be, or clothes given to you. This is called "face." People can also gain "merits" by doing good deeds, like finish homework on time, working hard, volunteering to babysit, etc.

    Aya is pretty desperate to raise her rank so when she finds a secret clique of girls who do tricks with their hoverboards (such as riding the mag-lev train), she decides to join them and secretly spy on them so she can "kick" their story. This leads to a discovery of hidden steel cylinders in a mountain which starts this avalanche of events that inevitably brings in Tally Youngblood and her group of Cutters.

    I admire the premise, but I do wish Westerfeld had gone more in depth about the type of fame-obsessed, notice-me society Aya lives in and the negative impact of it. While he does a good job of how relationships can be screwed due to the difference of ranks (called "difference of ambition" in her world, which is a reason people can break up their relationships, much like our "irreconcilable differences") or make things awkward, it doesn't go much further than that.

    Also, I found it a little eye-rolling that the heroine does attain a very very high rank in the end, after all, which kind of deflates the purpose of the book, or a purpose. This purpose being a look at the impact of such a society. I mean, seriously, it's like Aya rolls out through perfectly, despite the lies and hardships on the way. And she does "truth-slant" a lot. It doesn't seem like there's enough of a difference shown in her personality by the end of the book, so while she does understand truth-slanting to get ahead for something as shallow and frivolous as fame, she doesn't seem to fully get it.

    Tally's inclusion in the book as a peripheral character is an interesting difference from the past three books (two I've read). She seemed harsher and more violent seen from a third-person's viewpoint than when we're inside her head and see her struggles to rewire herself. Kind of brings into mind how we view ourselves is sometimes completely different from how others view us.

    Overall a good book, but not really one I would recommend buying, but only checking out....more info
  • Disappointing
    I am such a huge fan of the Uglies trilogy... but now, I guess, it's not really a trilogy. I'll admit that I had high expectations for this book, even though I ws aware that Scott Westerfeld, the author, had probably only written it because the trilogy had been a New York Times bestseller, so he knew that another book would sell out. Well, I'll tell you now that whenever you come upon one of these "add-ons" as I like to call them, its best that you avoid it and pretend that you never saw it. This is because the book is only made for money, not for the story itself, like the original books most likely were. Anyway, this book isn't even really about beloved Tally and Shay, but a group of people living somewhere assumably in Asia. The plot is just very far-fetched, and not as magnificent as its predecessors. This book should be left alone just like other add-ons. ...more info
  • Anti-climatic
    Extras is the fourth installment in the Uglies series. Readers are exposed to a new protagonist, Aya Fuse, as well as a different world -- after the "mind rain" in the previous book, people have switched from their beauty obsession to one with fame. It's fascinating to see how this futuristic world of Westerfeld's has changed, although it does become a bit grating over how fame-obsessed the characters are, especially Aya. The idea of a fame-centric world is realistic, but I couldn't help but want a reprieve from it while reading. The high points in the book are ones only fans of the previous volumes would enjoy -- seeing Tally and the Uglies world from another character's viewpoint. The plot held my interest, but in the end it felt anti-climatic. This book is worth a read from any Scott Westerfeld fan, filled with interesting world building and amusing scenes, but it isn't one of his bests....more info
  • My Kicker
    Extras is totally mind-bending! Always hesitant to read a 4th book in a "trilogy" - what's that about? Sounds rather truth-bending to me! Extras new characters far exceeded my expectations. Scott Westerfeld writes yet another action packed, Sci-Fi. I will not hesitate for one nano second to recommend this book to our Middle School readers. Thanks Scott-sama!

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  • a beast

    Good book. If you liked the other books in this series you should read this....more info
  • The Best Review Ever
    a very good addition to the trilogy that is amazinnnggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Fame does matter
    Extras is the fourth book in Scott Westerfeld's critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series (originally it was a trilogy). The first three books Uglies, Pretties, and Specials follow Tally Youngblood, a fifteen-year-old girl living in a futuristic world so dominated by plastic surgery that anyone who looks normal is ugly. Extras is set three years after the events of the trilogy unfold, in a different city, with different main characters. The trilogy, however, sets the framework for everything that happens in Extras so while the book is great on its own it definitely assumes you know the story of the trilogy.

    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.

    Some sequels that bring in all new characters are annoying. Not this one. All of the "new" characters are original and, equally important, likable. The story is also utterly original covering very different territory than the rest of the series. It doesn't pick up right where the trilogy left off, but a lot of questions are answered by the end of this book.

    Like the other books in the series, this one moves fast. The story has a lot of action and several twists and surprises (some old characters even turn up). The plot is never overly-confusing though. Westerfeld does a great job of creating (and explaining) the futuristic world he has created in these pages so that it truly comes to life on the page.

    At the same time, Extras is a very timely book. In a world where everyone seems to have some kind of website and is trying to be more popular or more famous, it's fascinating to read about a city where everything literally depends on your reputation. Westerfeld raises a lot of interesting questions as Aya deals with the ethics of kicking her new story and tries to decide if honesty really is more important than fame....more info
  • Extras
    Read the dedication.. It made me laugh. This is a great ending to an amazing series. ...more info
  • pretty good
    its a very good book. this just doesnt measure up to uglies pretties and specials...more info
  • Intriguing and Exciting!
    Extras is an intriguing and exciting read about a young girl who throws herself into a world very different from her own and soon has to deal with more than she could possibly have imagined. Extras is the fourth book in the Uglies series, written by Scott Westerfeld, and is not a book you want to miss out on. It is one of those books that will have you flipping pages in anticipation. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I guarantee that you will enjoy this book.
    Extras is set in the future, a few centuries after the destruction of the Rusties (that's us). The story takes place in a high-tech city in Asia, most likely Japan. It is a time of hovercars and hoverboards, extreme plastic surgery, fame, and futuristic ideas. It is a time completely different from our own, where no one eats pigs or uses up natural resources. This is part of what makes this book so interesting; you can dive into a whole new world.
    The main character, Aya Fuse, wants nothing more in life than fame. Her older brother, Hiro, is in the top one thousand most popular people in the city, and out of a million people, that's really famous. To get famous, you have to be talked about. Every time someone says your name, it's like another vote. To get votes, you have to spread interesting stories make yourself known. A lot is expected from Aya. In her thirst for fame, she soon finds and successfully joins a secret group of girls who do dangerous and crazy stunts for the fun of it, the Sly Girls. But Aya discovers something bigger while with the Sly Girls. Something that could change the world. Something that could finish her life of being a loser, an extra, and make her famous. But she soon finds out that being famous might not be all it's supposed to be. Soon Aya finds herself in a world she never imagined. A world of parties, fame, and danger.
    This book is one of my favorites, because of the excitement, anticipation, and thrill involved. I could barely put the book down until it was finished. This book will have you turning pages until the last one is turned, and by then you will be wanting more. It is full of surprises, too. This book is not something you want to miss!
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  • 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
  • Creative, Thrilling, and keeps you on your toes!
    This became my new favorite book the moment I finished ir and I finished it and I just adore the way Scott Westerfeld connects the characters to teh previous books and had me guessing what the ending would turn out to be with all the high-tech possibilites he introduces. Anyone interested in the science and technology fields will love this book, as well as anyone just wanting a good book to read in their free time because it has a lot of genre's it could fit under but is mostly science fiction in my opinion. I stayed up till midnight to finish it then was so excited and surprised at what had happend, I stayed up for another two and a half hours to explain what had happend in the whole series to my father, so I could tell him about this last book in the series. In Extras, Aya struggles betweem choosing fame or friends while finding at the same time she may just have to save the world in her free time. This book deserves all five stars because I've never read or heard of such an imaginative book that can hold a person's attention like mine and still tie in thoughts of what may happen in the future as well as what's happening in that world now....more info