EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld
About EXTRAS (taken from goodreads.com)
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 of EXTRAS
Why did he write a fourth book? Book three would have been a perfect ending but no he had to continue to write. This book was pretty bad I think. The original characters are in the last quarter. That’s it. What’s the point? And we’re at a completely new city too. It doesn’t make any sense. I had the hardest time trying to finish this one.
I think that this book was an attempt to keep the series going when he shouldn’t have. It was stupid being the last book in the series and it’s a whole new setting and characters. I also thought it was dumb the Tally was like the biggest celebrity when it didn’t even seem like her influence touched Japan or wherever we were. The main character was worse than Tally. She was too young, annoying and whiny. I just thought this was a bad attempt at an already written conclusion.
3 out of 5.
“You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.”