Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras (Uglies #4)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
Pages: 399
Source: Hardcover/Own

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.

Review: This book was good. First of all, how the economy is set up brings popularity and cliques to a whole new level, and how you get your popularity brings social networking to a new level. Aya's city (which I'm pretty sure is in Japan based on names, they speak Japanese and they say their in Asia, so its a good guess) uses an economy based on reputation or popularity. So the more famous you are the more you can get, which means if your a total extra off in extra territory you don't get much. Aya's way to fame is to kick a wild story, but while in the midst of going after a story she stumbles upon a secret, way bigger than the story shes chasing. Exposing it could change everything.
Tally fans don't be disappointed. She appears in the story but that's about all I'll say about that. Overall I really enjoyed the book. 

4 Stars!

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