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Extras [PDF / Epub] ☂ Extras Author Scott Westerfeld – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The final installment of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling and award winning Uglies series—a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trendA few years after rebel Tally Youngblood The final installment of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling and award winning Uglies series—a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trendA few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime a cultural renaissance sweeps the world “Tech heads” flaunt their latest gadgets “kickers” spread gossip and trends and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery Popularity rules and everyone craves fame Fifteen year old Aya Fuse is no exception But Aya’s face rank is so low she’s a total nobody An extra Her only chance at stardom is to kick a wild and unexpected story Then she stumbles upon a big secret Aya knows she is on the cusp of celebrity But the information she is about to disclose will change both her fateand that of the brave new world.


10 thoughts on “Extras

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    Authors take note This is how a companion novel is done You see freedom has a way of destroying things Aya Fuse is just fifteen years old but already the world has radically changed since Tally Youngblood freed everyone Just a few years ago it was standard for all kids 16 and up to get the Pretty surgery where their faces and bodies were altered to be statistically perfect Only there was a dark side to this surge The doctors would also implant a few lesions in choice spots of the brain in order to prevent the Pretties from ever being aggressive angry or even remotely rebellious They became bubbleheadsNow that that's all in the past Aya and her country is recovering and for the first time in decades they need to develop a currency turns out non bubbleheads are far greedy with the city's supplies And the currency is fame Even mocking people helped their face stats In the reputation economy the only real way to hurt anyone was to ignore them completely And it was pretty hard to ignore someone who made your blood boil The famous you are the merits you can earn which has prompted an explosion of creativity From tech heads to surge monkeys Aya's city has it all And all Aya wants is 1 become Pretty and 2 kick the biggest story everHer older brother is a great Kicker he brings light to many many events throughout the city and spends life in luxury from the merits he earnedAya spent her entire life looking up to him wanting to be him and now she finally has the chance She's found a group the Sly Girls who do their absolute best to pass below the city's RADARAya is absolutely confused why wouldn't you want to be famousthat is unless you have something to hideSuddenly Aya is standing over the biggest story that will ever be kicked And it just so happens to be one that threatens her very life Dying is one of those things that can’t be fixed Not by talking about it not with all the brain surge in the world In short I loved this oneI adored how Westerfeld re imagines the Pretty world and expands it with an entirely new cast with a few appearances from some old favoritesThe characters felt realistic and grounded so much that I feel like I could carry on a conversation with all of them I loved how all the tech expanded and really grew wild in this worldAnd above all I loved Moggle Aya's old outdated hovercam with a hilarious personality Moggle stole ever single scene and honestly I would read a book from the perspective of that little robot in a heartbeat Definitely a novel to check out Life doesn't come with an instruction manual YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  2. Abby Abby says:

    Like the other books in the Uglies trilogy Extras is fun and a very fast read I read this book in about 2 and 12 hours pretty much non stop However Extras raised the same prickly issues for me that the other books in the series did My years as a student steeped in cultural studies and gender theory make it pretty much impossible for me to read works of popular fiction without subjecting them to critical analysis and Westerfeld's books certainly lend themselves to this sort of critiue Especially if you are like me Like most dystopian science fiction Westerfeld's books cast a critical eye on disturbing aspects of our present day society obsession with looks fame etc by taking those aspects to extremes and weaving them into the very fabric of the future society In Uglies Pretties everyone is cured of ugliness through a mandatory operation that takes place when individuals turn 16 In Extras people earn money respect and privilege through the reputation based economy which rewards those who can make a name for themselves by publicizing and popularizing their thoughts exploits etc through the feeds read Internet If you think this is an interesting idea you might want to check out Cory Doctorow's book Down Out in the Magic Kingdom which explores the same conceit but with skill and humor In all of these books the main female character desperately wants to be pretty special popular famous or whatever but ends up uestioning the values of her society when she meets outsiders who don't subscribe to those norms The problem I have with Westerfeld's books is that these critiues which are intriguing and thought provoking don't actually go far enough Although the main character openly uestions and in some cases initially resists the societal mandate to become pretty special famous etc she ALWAYS eventually ends up becoming pretty or famous even if it is against her will Unlike all the other unenlightened pretty or famous folks who have never uestioned their society's structure however she is well aware of the pitfalls She is now in fact doubly privileged as a prettyspecialfamous person she has all the privileges that go along with being high status in her society AND she also has a sophisticated understanding of the dark side of her society that others can't see through ignorance or fear or whatever other blinders they have on So although Westerfeld is clearly trying to show the reader how screwed up the dystopian society's norms and by implication our own are in the end he simply reinforces them In Westerfeld's world you can be hip to the ways in which our society's obsession with looks and celebrity oppress others and rail against the system but you can still benefit from them at the same time There's no sacrifice to make And I guess that's why as much as I enjoy Westerfeld's books I can't help thinking that ultimately they're as shallow as the cultural norms they purport to critiue


  3. Christina Christina says:

    I really struggled to finish this book and I thought it was significantly worse than the others in the series A lot of the dialogue was agonizingly stilted The characters actually said things like Not good and uh oh to react to approaching falling objects and other imminent bumps on the head AAAAAARGH Those lines drive me crazy enough in movies I was horrified to find them in a book At one point characters from two different countries meet and have some communication difficulties After a few pages the author seems to forget about the language barrier and the characters converse naturally as if they're all speaking the same language Then toward the end things get awkward again SLOPPY Sloppy writing I sayThoughout the series the characters were pretty one sided Tally the protagonist from the first three books entered this book about half way through and I was surprised to find her totally changed; whereas in the first three books she was a victim thrown about by circumstances and surgeries in this book she was suddenly a confident rough and tumble leader I just didn't buy it I don't think Westerfeld wrote very well from a teenage girl's point of view Neither Aya nor Tally were very strong characters and the ew bugs and mud part of this book really annoyed me I was also confused by the fact that this story took place in a different country from the first three I wish that had been well established early on so that I didn't have to wonder what the location was for such a long time Wow this review has gotten WAY longer than necessary To sum up There were some really good interesting creative ideas in the Uglies series but they weren't good books


  4. Kat (Lost in Neverland) Kat (Lost in Neverland) says:

    Ugh Finally doneThis is how this book made me feel; because it was such a disappointment and maybe a bit of this;because it was so boring and also;becausewell it fucking sucked I've noticed that I've been rating these 'Uglies' books in a patternUglies 5 StarsPretties 4 StarsSpecials 3 StarsExtras 2 StarsToo bad they don't have a fifth one If that had sucked as bad as this one I would have loved to give that a one star then the pattern would be complete


  5. Paige Paige says:

    Honestly this book was kind of a disappointment I liked how it was all accumulated around the Japanese society but other than that I was expecting much of this book In my opinion Aya is a very whiny self absorbed suck up I don't like the way Scott Westerfeld portrays Tally in this either because he renders her as a know it all b word to say the least Which I don't think Tally has ever been Her character is not put to justice in this book


  6. Emma Emma says:

    Extras is the fourth book in Scott Westerfeld's critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling series originally it was a trilogy The first three books Uglies Pretties and Specials follow Tally Youngblood a fifteen year old girl living in a futuristic world so dominated by plastic surgery that anyone who looks normal is ugly Extras is set three years after the events of the trilogy unfold in a different city with different main characters The trilogy however sets the framework for everything that happens in Extras so while the book is great on its own it definitely assumes you know the story of the trilogyIn this new world where everything is changing being pretty isn't enough to get by Now it's fame that matters The famous you are the higher your face rank is A higher rank means currency in a world where celebrity is everythingEveryone is trying to get attention somehow tech heads are obsessed with gadgets surge monkeys are hooked on the newest trends in plastic surgery and kickers use feeds think blogs but techier and cooler because it's a Westerfeld idea to spread the word on all the gossip and trends worth mentioning But staying famous is a lot easier than getting famous Just ask Aya Fuse Fifteen year old Aya has had her own feed for a year but her rank is still 451369 so low that she's a definite nobody someone her city calls an extraAya has a plan to up her rank though All she needs is a really big story to kick Aya finds the perfect story when she meets the Sly Girls a cliue pulling crazy tricks in utter obscurity As Aya follows her story she realizes it's much bigger than one cliue maybe the biggest story since Tally Youngblood changed everythingSome seuels that bring in all new characters are annoying Not this one All of the new characters are original and eually important likable The story is also utterly original covering very different territory than the rest of the series It doesn't pick up right where the trilogy left off but a lot of uestions are answered by the end of this bookLike the other books in the series this one moves fast The story has a lot of action and several twists and surprises some old characters even turn up The plot is never overly confusing though Westerfeld does a great job of creating and explaining the futuristic world he has created in these pages so that it truly comes to life on the pageAt the same time Extras is a very timely book In a world where everyone seems to have some kind of website and is trying to be popular or famous it's fascinating to read about a city where everything literally depends on your reputation Westerfeld raises a lot of interesting uestions as Aya deals with the ethics of kicking her new story and tries to decide if honesty really is important than fameYou can find this review and on my blog Miss Print


  7. Christina Christina says:

    Finishing a series always makes me feel like I'm losing a friend I've spent a good week or so reading these four books absorbed in the pages and the characters and their lives and now I just feel lonely Extras is set a few years after the huge finale of Specials or the mind rain as they now call it It's also a bunch of new characters although Tally Shay David and Fausto make a reappearance which I'm extremely happy about a new city and a spanking new economy known as the reputation economy Japan is all about face rank now a little like a city sized YouTube with everyone sporting a hovercam and a feed to broadcast whatever they think will boost their rank The higher your rank the you're able to live in luxury Fifteen year old Aya is ranked around 400000 making her a total extra however she uncovers a secret cliue the Sly Girls which she is certain will bump her to the top Of course nothing is ever as simple as thatNeedless to say although I enjoyed it immensely Extras isn't as wonderful as its predecessors Perhaps because we've grown so accustomed to Tally and her friends that a new narrator instantly puts me a little on edge Aya irritates me than Tally ever did because all she ever cares about is being famous I adore Frizz Aya's love interest though Some of the funniest literally laugh out loud moments contained him and Tally when they find out about his brain surge Radical Honesty which compells him to tell the truth He almost surpassed my love for Zane and is probably the reason this book received four stars Speaking of Zane though I WISH they'd have said his name They always trailed off; it was so depressing I think that was Westerfeld's aim though so kudos But still sigh Zane 3A great ending but like I first said now I just feel empty D


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    You know this book started out okay but it uickly went down hill I was actually annoyed to see Tally in this one and her attitude I mean this book was not about her so I don't understand why she HAD to be in it I didn't like how she was portrayed at all I also uickly got annoyed at Aya The Uglies series was my first exposure to Westerfeld and though I really liked Uglies and liked Pretties and pretty much liked Specials I gotta say i'm noticing a pattern with his characters They all want something superficial and they strive like with Tally and are willing to sell out people to get it Grant it most of the times not with Extras though the characters realize that they were wrong in wanting the superficial But it's annoying And this book especially showed it's age group that was targeted It was really not a good book and I would not recommend it at all


  9. Clara Clara says:

    When is it ever a good idea to add a fourth installment to a trilogy?


  10. Bridget Bridget says:

    I can't believe that I am finished with this series What to start on next hmmmThis was my least favorite of the series I really liked it for the first half I liked Aya Fuse cool name and her brother Hiro and his friend Ren I liked the whole premise of popularity and fame being a commodity for livingI can't believe that I am saying this but I didn't really like Tally in this book Once she came on the scene I thought the writing became very sloppy The whole second half of the story was flat for meWesterfeld could have left in me in Aya Fuse's city and in her apartment in Shuffle Mansion with Moggle and I would have been much satisfiedI wish that the authors of popular series would take a little thought about their story lines before they uickly release their seuels None of the books that came after Uglies was as well thought out and captivatingHave the audio version too


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