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Extras

Westerfeld, Scott (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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After rebel Tally Youngblood brings down the uglies/pretties/specials regime, fame, instead of beauty, becomes the new world order, and fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse embarks on a dangerous plan to boost her popularity ranking.
Authors: Westerfeld, Scott
Title: Extras
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2011, c2007
Edition: Simon Pulse ed
Characteristics: 399 p. ;,22 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Scott Westerfeld
Notes: Extras is the fourth book of the Uglies "trilogy".
Sequel to: Specials
Summary: After rebel Tally Youngblood brings down the uglies/pretties/specials regime, fame, instead of beauty, becomes the new world order, and fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse embarks on a dangerous plan to boost her popularity ranking.
ISBN: 1442419784
9781442419780
1442430079
9781442430075
Branch Call Number: y WESTERFEL 2011
Subject Headings: Conformity Juvenile fiction Teenage girls Juvenile fiction Ugliness Juvenile fiction Dystopias Juvenile fiction Fame Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Science fiction
Topical Term: Conformity
Teenage girls
Ugliness
Dystopias
Fame
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After rebel Tally Youngblood brings down the uglies/pretties/specials regime, fame, instead of beauty, becomes the new world order, and fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse embarks on a dangerous plan to boost her popularity ranking.


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Jun 19, 2014
  • ForTheLoveOfMusic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Honestly, this series is my favorite books of all time. I love the suspense, the tech, the way society is described in here! I cannot imagine a more perfect book

May 25, 2014
  • Violet_Otter_9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An extension of the uglies series. The books before this never really let you embrace the whole being of specials. Cruel, sharp, toxic. Doing good while getting away with " Small things" that uglies never would get away with. This book is told from Ayas p.o.v and COMPLETELY finishes off the series with explaining everything and adding the icy frosting to all the realistic and varying characters.

I didn't really like this last book o of the uglies trilogy, and I think it should have ended at specials.

Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book takes place about 3 years after the last book and follows Aya's perspective who is Japan. She is the younger sister of an up-and-coming famous person and the culture of this group is based on popularity, kicking stories (blogging), parties, etc. I was dispointed with the lack of character development in this installment (main and supporting). Felt cheesy.

Jun 17, 2013
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love Aya. Shes awesome

After finishing the Uglies trilogy, it was time to read the spin off, Extras. After being disappointed with Specials, my standards for this book weren’t too high. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Uglies so I decided to give this a chance. I have to admit, it was pretty good I loved the plot, morals, new characters and new setting. It was an excellent read that left me satisfied. The book takes place a few years after Specials and revolves around a Japanese society with the main character Aya Fuse (love that name). Now the rules are more loose and you don’t have to be 16 to be pretty, you can get any surgery you like. However, the whole thing has turned into this whole completion, and it all comes down to who is the most popular. Who is the most famous, or has the juiciest stories, each person has their own rank. Aya Fuse is sitting at the sorry number of 451,369 which is so low, she isn’t even a no body, she’s an extra. However, everything changes when Aya meets a group of girls who do the craziest things but in secret. If she can just kick this one story, she could be in the top 30’s, or maybe even more, which brings her to a world of popularity, fame and danger. Something she can’t quiet handle yet. This book wasn’t too bad. I found the first half interesting, it was refreshing to be in a new environment and I liked Aya, she was unpopular and quiet which reminded me a lot of Tally in the first book. I found that I liked the new characters in this book better than the older ones. I hate to say this, but I really hated Tally in this book. She was extremely selfish and just downright rude. I get that she is the only special left but that doesn’t give her an excuse to treat everyone else like garbage. I felt really bad for Shay and unlike Tally, she had all my sympathy. I also found David really one dimensional, it was like he was just agreeing with everything Tally was saying just so she would take him back. But that is enough negatives; this book did have some great morals in it. It is a good piece of literature to show the lines that we make as humans between rich and poor, popular and un-popular and also shows that we give words illustrations. We have created this image of the word pretty, un popular and many more. I found this book fast paced as well as exciting and I liked it more than Specials. I thought the title Extras meant people who do unnecessary stuff and just cause drama but after reading the book I realized there is a much deeper meaning to it. An extra is considered to be someone who has no purpose, and is just something on the sides no one pays attention to, and no one deserves to be that.

Jan 20, 2013
  • kmskmskms3 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's good, but it can't hold a candle to the first three books.

Nov 18, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The fourth book in the Uglies trilogy and I loved it! Despite needing to have read the trilogy to understand this book, it still manages to stand apart. Westerfeld created a profound future society in Uglies, and in Extras he gets to have fun with it.

I’ve read this before, and I remember it taking me awhile last time before I figured out this story was set in Japan. The author keeps it cleverly ambiguous, although one of the reasons it’s ambiguous is because the city seems exactly the same as the one in Uglies (which was apparently San Diego?) but with some cosplay thrown in. Whether in English or Japanese, you get to see language taking its first steps on the road to Newspeak.

Either Westerfeld was really ahead of the curve or I’m just a late adopter, but this 2007 story could be talking about 2012: everybody publishes a feed of their life and the local currency is reputation and celebrity. One thing Westerfeld missed was how unlikely it is for the siblings of reality TV stars to be wallowing in obscurity instead of famous by association (or desperation).

This book seems made to be a movie that I’d definitely watch – adorable robot sidekick included!

Jul 29, 2012
  • christinex1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Characters grow and learn from their mistakes in this final book of the series.

Jul 20, 2012
  • JasmineAurora rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Least favorite of the series. I think it should have ended at Specials. But you have to read it if you already invested your time in the first three.

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