Monday, 4 June 2012

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis (From Goodreads)

Pages: 417
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Realised on: 2nd of October 2007
Other Books in this Series:

It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of "American Idol." Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.
As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.
Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.

What I Have to Say


Extras was amazing! I loved it so much! Probably in part because it's set in Japan, but it was also really cleverly written. The change in culture was really smoothly done. I think it was partly because Westerfeld only changed it slightly. 

It's not too inaccurate, because especially in the future, the cultures will be very similar, because they're growing more and more similar as time goes on.  But at the same time, he's made it so obviously Japan. As well as also fitting in the fact that the society has developed quiet a bit since we last saw it with Tally. I envy Westerfeld's way of creating such unique and intricate worlds. 

I think it was also really clever to separate this book from the previous three. It was nice to have a few of the loose ends left from Specials tied up, and also from a different view point that Tally. It was great to see where the society went after the mind-rain. 

In my opinion though, this is the best book of the series, though that might just be because it's Japan ^^

This is the last book in the series, so I won't have a chance to say this again, if you haven't read this series then you are seriously missing out! 

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