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 : )
So I read the three other books in this trilogy turned four-book series, and I enjoyed them, especially Specials. But I wish the story would have stopped there.
It started out with a lot of potential. The scenario was a very original and therefore interesting one. But as I read on, the plot just seemed to drag along. As far as I could tell, there was no climax. The "adventures" weren't enough to capture my attention and the plot was just boring, boring, boring.
Also, the main character, Aya's obsession with fame and always having to be on camera before she did something was annoying. I felt she didn't grab how serious certain situations were, she was so concerned with how she came off in it. Speaking of character, all of them seemed kind of flat. There was not enough development or individuality for me to actually care what happened to them.
So why did I finish reading it if it was that bad? Because Westerfeld's other books are amazing and I kept telling myself that it was going to get better. But it didn't...
Extras: just another book leeching off the success of the others.
Reader reviewed by Kelby
I, like most devoted readers of the young adult genre, read the uglies series (uglies, pretties, specials) with complete hunger for the next book. The plot and characters created such issues and questions in the real world.
naturally, I went crazy when I found out that a fourth book was to be released, Extras.
I bought Extras and started reading.
At first, I found the book to go slowly and thought that I just needed to get into it.
however, as I read on, still excited and entranced by the other books, I found that Extras did not have the luster of the other three.
In fact, it was boring.
The characters leave something to be desired..what is it?...development???
and Tally's appearence angered me, as it seemed to be all about her again. and she is NOT fun from someone else's point of view. It was predictable and boring.
overall, I found this book only got extremely high sales because people bought it looking for something to quench their thirst for uglies.
I don't think I'll be picking it up again.