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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this cover and the pages between it, 28 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Extras (Uglies Quartet) (Paperback)
This is the fourth novel set in the same universe as the Uglies series. I suppose technically it's the fourth book in the series, but as it has an entirely different antagonist, it feels like it is separate. In the previous series, people are given a surgery at the age of 16 that changes them from "uglies" to "pretties," yet it changed their minds and turned them into "bubbleheads." Now, that regime has ended.

Aya Fuse lives in a city in Japan where people are rediscovering their culture (tea ceremonies, manga) but where fame is of the utmost importance. Everyone has a face rank, and their goal is to have the highest face rank possible. They move up and down in rank by "kicking" stories onto their "feed." Aya's face rank is low--around 450,000. Her older brother is an intelligent "techhead" at has recently hit the top 1,000, and Aya is burning with jealousy and anger at being an "extra." One day, Aya Fuse meets the Sly Girls, a group of girls who pull stunts and try to have the lowest face rank possible. Aya decides that it would be an amazing story and goes undercover to spy on them. Aya ends up uncovering a story much bigger than she initially thought she would.

It's different from the first three books (Uglies, Pretties, and Specials), but it's an excellent book in its own respect. As a blogger and reviewer, much resonated with me. I'm pretty far down in the "face ranks" of Amazon and Livejournal, whereas some inane blogger with a pretty face blogging about what dress she should wear that day would rank near the top. Yet this book made me chuckle at how silly such a pursuit fame ultimately is. Aya seemed so silly to bring her hovercam everywhere...but how different am I, taking a camera with me most places, to record what I did that day? I love young adult books that actually push decent morals. The Uglies series are books that are quickly read, but they would make an excellent gift for young adult and "grown-ups" alike.
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