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Scott Westerfeld Delivers Again!
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Reader reviewed by Super Reader Girl






I wasn't sure I was ready for more of this futuristic
world yet after some of my frustrations with that last one, but I
really enjoyed reading Extras. The book keeps you guessing until the very end - and gives you a lot to think about along the way!



I found myself slightly disoriented at first, expecting to be in
America still, but it was actually set in Japan. It was a fun change of
scenery and slight change in culture.



The romance wasn't as good as in some of the earlier Uglies books,
but I liked that there weren't any "feel like throwing the book across
the room" moments. You're okay getting attached to characters in this
one. :) It's also nice seeing some of the characters from Specials
again. Aya's story brings to mind many of the things we take for
granted in our modern society, but with an exaggerated and futuristic
(though maybe not so far off?) twist. How do we define our existence?
Do we feel like if it's not recorded/seen by others, our life doesn't
matter? I thought a lot about facebook, youtube, cameras, blogs, cell
phones, texting, IM, and things like red carpet parties and fame.



Great book.

(Super Reader Girl Book Reviews: http://superreadergirlreviews.blogspot.com/)
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Awesome
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Reader reviewed by Brianna

This was one of the very best book I have ever read. It was intense and also had Tally Youngblood, Shay, David, and Fausto. That was a nice surprise. Also at the end I could not put the book down. I reall just wanted to know what was going to happen and it was not what i was expecting at all. So all i have to say is read this book and you will never regret reading this book but first you should actually read Uglies, Pretties, and Specials By Scott Westerfled.
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Extras! Why, Scott, Why?!
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Reader reviewed by Kyla

I finished reading the first three books in the series (Uglies, Pretties, and Specials) and loved them (Especially Pretties, read my review of Pretties) and wanted to read Extras SOOOOOOOOO bad! I got it from the library and started reading it. It was SOOOOOOO boring! I perservered and kept reading because I loved Scott's other books in the series. It took me FOREVER to get through the first, like, five chapters because it just didn't hold my attention and I had to renew the book. I read a little more, again, not holding my attention I loved the whole IDEA but the way it was written was pretty boring! I stopped reading it eventually, not even getting to the part where there's, I guess, ALIENS and Tally and her friends come in. I only know about those because of the reviews on here. I sorta wish I had finished reading just to know how it ends but I am also glad I stopped. I didn't like how it was about this chick named Aya Fuse, I really liked Tally and her story (Even though Tally's story was kinda predictable) I wish, if Scott HAD to write another book in this series, that it would be about Tally. I just don't like Aya she annoys me! Bottom line: I like the rest of the series and the CONCEPT of this book, but Extras was just boring and unable to hold my attention. I mean, COME ON, SCOTT! REALLY?! YOU COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN IT BETTER?! I don't understand what the people that liked it are thinking. Then again, they actually read the whole book. This book REALLY disappointed me.
~Kyla : )
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Amazing!
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Reader reviewed by Jenna

Scott Westerfeld does it again! I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. The fourth book in the Uglies series, Extras tops the rest. Of course, you may want to read the first three before this one, but the story picks up so quickly, you could easily start with this one!

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is an extra. A high-face-ranked nobody. Her older brother is nearing the top one thousand, and she's still stuck in the dorms, posting interesting but unacknowledged stories on her personal feed about graffiti artists and interesting cliques. Nobody wants to re-kick stories kicked by a 400,000+ ranked ugly. But then Aya finds a story that could get her right to the top, perhaps even past her cocky brother Hiro. The Sly Girls pull stunts that would make them the most famous clique in the city. There's just one problem: they refuse to tell anyone about their tricks. How can she film a clique that would rather be invisible than famous? Along the way, Aya gets tangled up in something even bigger than fame. Secretly kicking a clique is one thing, but saving the world is something she's totally unprepared for.

This book is incredible. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone.
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Extra Good
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Reader reviewed by Mary

Scott Westerfeld has already touched upon important issues in the previous books in this series. Now in Extras, he touches upon another important issue in our society: fame. Aya Fuse has spent her whole life trying to up her face rank. So far it's not working. But now she has the story of her lifetime and she will do anything to be the one to tell it...


Despite the fact that this is the fourth book in the series it can be read with no previous knowledge of the former three books. Tally from the other books does appear but the story is not about her-it is about Aya. Aya is a likeable character and it is interesting to watch her grow throughout the book.
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good, good
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Reader reviewed by tallyho!

I really like this whole series and this book was no exception, but I thought it was kind of strange tht it was from Aya's point of view instead of from Tally's. the whole story has been Tally's up until now and it was weird to see her from Aya's perspective, esp. since she kind of idolized her but then didn't trust her when she actually met her.

I thought the action level was really good, you had to keep reading and couldn't put the book down once it got started. Aya was really kind of self absorbed though. But I guess Tally was too in some parts of the series.

I liked the guy that could only tell the truth.
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Amazing
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Reader reviewed by abscae

Scott Westerfeld has proved himself all over again of being worthy of beautiful, hilarious, bestsellers. I loved Extra to the extreme because not only was it an amazing standpoint of how the future would look after Tally saved the world, but also because of the plot and everything else.

Most surprising, at first, was the setting. It's not in Diego anymore, and until halfway through the book, you don't realize that they are talking in Japanese. Then of course there is the setting, how the entire city operates. I think it's simply amazing how Westerfeld weaves such a story.

Finally, the most amazing part of the novel is how enhanced Aya, as a character, is. She's is definitely not your typical Mary Sue, and you can see how flawed she is, as well as extraordinary.

Yes, it was quite delightful how Tally and David make a comeback, and I think it's exactly what all the series readers needs, a closing of all threads.
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Extremely Exciting
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Extras takes place several years after Tally Youngblood ended the whole ugles/pretties/specials fiasco. But things in the future are still a little weird.

Aya Fuse is fifteen. She lives in a city in Japan where your rank determines everything. Fame is everything here. And what sucks for Aya is that although her older brother is totally known, Aya is a total extra, with a rank of 451,369. No one knows her. Shes an extra.

Aya wants to turn this around, so she starts to sneak out to parties and follow a group of girls who perform the coolest tricks but dont want the fame. These are the Sly Girls. Aya convinces them to let her join, and she starts to make some friends among them while also learning their tricks and filming them on the side. But it turns out that theres something bigger lurking out there. And its up to Aya and her new friends to stop them.

Extras was yet another thrilling story from Scott Westerfeld. The plot was always exciting; I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The characters are easy to understand, but mostly I love this book because of its unique storyline. There isnt much of Tally, Shay, and David shown in this story, but the glimpses of them are true to their characters. I loved this story, as I did Uglies,Pretties, and Specials before that. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone.
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Great Book
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Reader reviewed by Co-chan


Extras was a great sequel to the Uglies series especially because Tally reappears in it. I really like the new system Westerfield invented where people are ranked by popularity. Not that I would want it to happen, I just find it interesting.
You see a bit of repetition with the betraying-her-friends thing, but Tally and Aya were in different situation and dealt with it differently, so it's hardely noticeable.
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Extras by Scott Westerfeld
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Reader reviewed by Megan

A few years have passed since Tally Youngblood destroyed the establishment based on pretties, uglies and specials. Now popularity runs the world. Popularity means power. Each citizen is ranked by how much she or he is talked about. Cameras record everything as they vie to be the person with the most buzz.

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse has a pitiful "face rank," or popularity ranking, of 451,369, which makes her a society nonentity, commonly known as an "extra." Aya's older brother Hiro, on the other hand, is famous. But Aya has a plan to up her popularity ranking. She takes Moggle, her trusty (and kind of adorable) hovercam, to a party filled with tech-heads (in love with the latest technological goodies) and surge monkeys (who indulge in wild plastic surgery modifications on themselves).

Aya hopes to discover and film a huge story about a secret group. "Kicking," or spreading, the story on her feed should result in acclaim for herself, thus upping her face rank. Because of her parents' refusal to let her become a pretty before she is 16, Aya is stuck with her average looks, including what she considers to be a huge nose. So she disguises herself by wearing a gray, hooded robe and joins a group of similarly garbed Reputation Bombers, who join to chant the name of one member in order to bump up his face rank. In the meantime, she sends Moggle out to search for members of the group who Aya had seen surfing on top of a crazy-fast mag-lev train. Anyone who kicks the story of the train riders will be famous, and Aya aims to take advantage.

Finally, Moggle sends Aya an image she recognizes. It's hoverball champion Eden Maru, who happens to be one of the train riders. Eden is famous, with a face rank that once reached an enviable 10,000. But no one knows about her wild adventures with her secret group. Aya watches Eden via Moggle. As the hoverball player edges to the exit, an amazing boy speaks to Aya, calling her face "unique." He introduces himself as Frizz Mizuno. Frizz is not only beautiful, but Aya sees in her eyescreen that his face rank is an astounding 4,612! Why is he even associating with Aya, much less gazing at her with undisguised interest? But she can't stay to find out because Eden is leaving.

Aya hoverboards after Eden, who zigzags through the city's new construction with ease. She forces herself not to think about the intriguing Frizz but to concentrate on getting the story, as she follows Eden deep inside a dark tunnel. What they find there is a cataclysmic secret --- so huge that the fate of the Earth may hinge on it.

It's a happy day for fans when a stellar "trilogy" morphs into a series. Like the three books in Scott Westerfelds Uglies trilogy, EXTRAS is a fast-paced page-turner with many plot twists. It has all the elements of a terrific read: heart-pounding adventure, extreme sports, friendship, espionage, a bit of tender romance, strong and brave women, and the quest for popularity. It also includes much pointed commentary on society's celebrities, power, blogging, the environment, celebrity-based television shows and more. Fans will embrace new characters and enjoy meeting up with some of the cast from previous books.

EXTRAS continues the Uglies tradition in being an excellent futuristic thriller that also leaves the reader with plenty to ponder&and hoping for book five soon.
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