Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Report - Extras

Title: Extras
Authour: Scott Westerfield
Length: 417 pages
How long it took me to read: 3 days
Grade: B+

What it's about: 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.

The ending is the most important part: I liked this ending much better than Specials. This story was complete and wrapped up nicely. I'm glad Scott Westerfeld wrote this one

Last word: The series have been redeemed somewhat. While this story can stand on its own, it's a much better ending to the Uglies series than Specials was.

Spoilers after the jump

I really liked the world that Aya lived in.

I loved the Sly Girls.

I loved that the people had realized what they had done wrong in the world and were going to disassociate themselves with Earth for a while in order to figure out a societly that could live in harmony with not only each other, but with the earth.

I loved the commentary on fame; what makes us famous, what people with do in order to become famous, and what it takes to 'stay on top'. It has a bit of a Hunger Games vibe to it - the people are a lot like the people in the Capitol.

I feel like this bok can stand on it's own, as it's a different society than the Uglies world, but while it helps to be familiar with the entire series, it's not necessary. I would love to see this book adapted to film.

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