Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Extras (Uglies #4)" by Scott Westerfeld

417 pages

It's been a few years since rebel Tally Youngblood shook up the world, and things have changed dramatically. The government is no longer messing with people's brains to make them uglies, pretties, or specials. With all of the brain-washing gone, the world is undergoing an explosion of cultural, intellectual, and artistic development. Everyone is trying to be creative and stand out of the crowd, and cameras are catching it all. Each individual is ranked according to how well-known they are, and it's all about climbing the popularity ladder. Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is totally depressed by her rank of 451,369. She'd do almost anything to make herself heard, and it looks like she might do just that when she meets a clique of girls who pull crazy secret. If she can be the one to uncover their identities, she'll be totally famous. But before she can kick their stories, the group discovers something unusual going on outside the city. It seems that something much more famous-making than the Sly Girls is happening. But, as Aya discovers, it's also more dangerous than anything she's prepared to handle. 

I think this is a really good follow up to the Uglies series. I enjoyed discovering what happened after Tally and her friends changed everything, although I do think it is a bit far-fetched in that the world changes SO much, in terms of values and priorities, in just a few short years. Still, I just went with it and enjoyed the story. Aya is kind of annoying at first and she doesn't grow as a characters as much as I'd like, but I really liked a lot of the other characters, particularly Aya's brother. There are some really good twists in the plot and I liked how it all ended. 

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