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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471116409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471116407
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to Peeps. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

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'YA's hippest author' Scott Westerfeld is the author of the hugely popular Uglies series. As well as the Midnighters series and three stand alone YA novels, he has written five science fiction novels for adults. He and his wife, Justine, divide their time between Sydney and New York.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I was a little reticent about picking up 'Extras', having found 'Specials' the third instalment of the 'Uglies Trilogy' the weakest of the the three. This combined with the fact the trilogy was now suddenly billed as a quartet, did not bode well. It may have worked for Douglas Adams but as a general rule, revisiting a completed series, produces novels that are shadows of the original stories. Not so in this case.

There is a a very strong argument for Extras being the best of the four. It has the same easy to read style and I found the story more coherent than in the previous novels. It seemed to me, now that Westerfeld has had a few years to kick about in his future world, he feels a lot more at home there.

In Extras, it's our obsession with fame that comes under the microscope; the central characters live in a city where your fame ranking determines everything about you. It's a fantastic metaphor for twenty first century culture. Journalism also comes under the microscope and Westerfeld explores the power of honesty and'Truth-Slanting', the idea that there are multiple ways to spin a story.

Like the previous novels in the series, Extras is a terrific read. Westerfeld writes exciting stories, using shades of grey that should provoke the reader into thinking a little more about the world we live in. I think he is a sadly underrated author, if Westerfeld lived inside his own creation, he'd barely exist and that would be a crying shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rachel on 24 Aug. 2012
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Don't get me wrong I am a big fan of the Uglies series and I rate the first 3 books all 5 stars and I completely recommend them. But Extras is a book I regret buying and I wish I had stopped after reading Specials.

The first mistake I made was that I thought that it was going to be following Tally Youngblood because I had bought all 4 books at the same time and didn't want to read the blurb in case it included spoilers from the previous books. I was disappointed to find that it was actually following Aya Fuse. I quickly got over this and tried to keep an open mind.

The beginning I felt was much slower paced and I found myself bored. I didn't like Aya's attachment to her camera "moggle" and I wasn't overly exited by the sly girls who play a fairly large part in the start of the book. I thought it went into too much detail trying to explain face ranks and the other tech pieces which were introduced.

That being said I thought the end of the book was better, the pace picked up and it improved. I didn't like how Tally was portrayed as cruel because I don't think that it fits with how she was in the previous 3 books. In the end it turned out okay but I still wish that I had stopped at Specials and I wouldn't recommend buying Extras. In my opinion if you want to read it borrow it from the library because it is not a book I would read again like I do/will with the uglies trilogy.

Like the Uglies trilogy it also had a deeper meaning (despite the fact that the world has changed now and it is no longer focused on plastic surgery and beauty), Extras looks at how we as a society are obsessed with fame and Scott Westerfeld puts a unique twist on it.

I understand that lots of people really enjoyed this book, but it wasn't for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 14 Sept. 2009
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This, the fourth book in the Uglies trilogy, is in some ways better than the original series, as it provides a fresh viewpoint and new characters to look at the Pretties world after Tally Youngblood's radical revolution.

Aya is a 15 year old in a Japanese city, a city which has re-organized its economy around the idea of fame, or face-rank as called here. As a near faceless extra, with a face rank down in the 400,000's, Aya is driven to find a news story that will propel her to fame as one of the best 'kickers' (equivalent to an investigative journalist) around. Accidentally observing a shadowy clique known as the Sly Girls, who for reasons of their own actively avoid fame, doing something both dangerous and fun, she decides that doing a story about this group will be a decidedly great way to help her in her quest to become something other than a nonentity. But the story of the Sly Girls leads her to a much larger story, one with potentially deadly consequences for the entire world, and one which will eventually attract the attention of the person with the #1 face-rank, Tally Youngblood, while at the same time involve Aya in the moral and ethical quandaries that journalism sometimes leads to.

The plot line is good, leading to some very unexpected corners of the world, and Aya is well drawn. The new society portrayed here makes an interesting contrast to that of the mind-hobbled Pretties, as without those mental limitations this new world shows a vibrancy of many different people heading off in all directions, from tech geek-hood to obsessive gossip-generating stunts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Rose on 8 Aug. 2013
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I'm SO glad to finish this book finally, it made me feel like a bubblehead.

I enjoyed Tally's story in the Trilogy books, although when Tally went 'brain-missing' I became slightly bored of the book. Having to deal with terrible teenage language such as 'bubbly' was difficult enough to read...
But Aya's story in this book just did not work at all. I personally found it very boring and dramatic yet very predictable. It was to much of an easy read and the scenery and objectives weren't explained enough. Also, I could not deal with the words 'aya-chan, bubbly, bogus, thrill-making' etc.

But, then again, I definitely think this book did not appeal to me as much as I enjoy a little more character and maturity in teen fiction.
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