Pages [hardcover]: 417
Book 4 of the Uglies series
Opening Lines: “Moggle,” Aya whispered. “You awake?” Something moved in the darkness.
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 that’s just until she gets to 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.
I’ve been reading this series for a very long time. It’s been years since I read Specials, and ever since I’ve been meaning to pick this book up. But by reading the cover, it seemed like an entirely different set of characters, and not the ones I’ve grown to love. Fortunately, my entirely awesome friend lent me this when she heard I never bought it (I usually never buy hardcover books, because they’re so expensive xD). And once I started reading, I was excited when familiar faces started popping up.
Aya, the main character, is quite annoying. I know she has to be this way, and acts like this because of the world she grew up in-where nothing is more important than becoming famous. She’s constantly betraying people, or lying, or doing outrageous things just so that she can get more people to watch her ‘feed’ and her ‘face rank’ will rise. I cannot stand people like that and so found it hard to keep reading. Once the action built up a little, around halfway through the book, it got better. I was hoping to like her more at the end, but I never did.
That said, I love Scott Westerfeld, and this book doesn’t change that thought. Overall, the plotline was pretty good, the whole setup of the social/economical environment was fantastic. Whoever can think up hoverboards, mag-lev surfing, brain surges, creepy aliens who hide in tunnels, and exploding pink cake is an okay person in my opinion. All of that made up for Aya, plus Frizz, who is a cool guy.
Extras gets 4/5 stars. Only one point off for Aya. xD
Anyone else read this trilogy turned series?
Think there should be another book? I know there’s not, but one can hope . . .