Book Review: Extras (Uglies #4)

Last night I finished Extras by Scott Westerfeld

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Description:

FameIt’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.


~SPOILER ALERT~


Sooooooo…….I’m not a fan.

At the very beginning one of the first thoughts was, “Back to the pretty talk…great” *insert eye roll*

I’m also a little confused at how people believed that the reputation economy was going to be better than the pretty system. I mean, this new lifestyle is nothing more than a (very) clear display of classism.

Also, I dislike Aya more than I disliked Tally. She’s way too materialistic and judgmental. She’s 15 and way too obsessed with fame and catching footage. She’s a child and needs to learn how to have fun for goodness sake. She’s also similar to Tally when it comes to using everyone around her for her own personal gain.

If you’ve read other reviews of mine then you know that I have an issue with female characters that are weak and insecure. Why does the main female character in a story always have to be described as less than average? And then, when there’s a love interest brought in he’s always ridiculously attractive and the girl is so shocked that he’s interested in them and that they pay them any attention. Where is the self-confidence? Not to mention that their relationship started out of no where. They had two conversations and now all of a sudden their dating? You guys know I hate insta-love, but sure lets add this relationship between two people who know nothing about each other. Cool. The only thing that could have made it worse, would’ve been a love triangle so I am at least grateful that there wasn’t one.

I think that the Sly Girls are the most humble people in this entire series. Not only did they let Aya get her fame by using them, they helped her and genuinely cared about her well-being.

Going back to Aya, this girl whines too damn much. She wants instant fame and for everyone to agree with everything she says. Sweetie, life doesn’t work that way so get over it. Not to mention the fact that while Tally is trying to save her all she can think about is having her freaking spy cam around for another story to kick. She’s also a huge hypocrite for being pissed that Tally lied as if she had never lied to anyone before.

You eventually find out that the story takes place in Japan, but it wasn’t actually said until damn near the end of the book so I had no idea that this entire time everyone was supposed to speaking Japanese. Like, its a cool concept but it wasn’t actually clear so finding that out so late actually made it kind of frustrating.

Overall I would give this one a 2/5 stars.


Stay tuned for a review of the entire series and next I’ll be reading Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult.

~Rae

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7 Responses to Book Review: Extras (Uglies #4)

  1. carlalouise89 says:

    Oooh The Tenth Circle is so intense! And raises so many serious issues.

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  4. I’m sorry to disliked ‘Extras’ so much, but it seems that many of the things that frustrated you were things that didn’t bother me. For one: I actually quite enjoy the strange speech because it’s part of the world. It’s a speech-mannerism unique to the story. I guess it’s that reason that keeps me from becoming frustrated with it.

    Additionally, I had an inkling from the beginning that the story took place in Japan, but I’m also familiar with titles from Japanese: ‘san’, ‘chan’, ‘sama’. Having a prior knowledge in such use of titles made it easy to discern where the book was taking place. (And I was actually really happy that it was clarified they were speaking Japanese when Tally came because I would’ve been really upset if they were all speaking the same language despite the separation of continents and cultures.)

    Lastly, I hate to say it, but I actually really enjoyed the concept of the book/society: the necessity for fame. Why? Because that’s the exact reality we are facing in society nowadays with millenials and, particularly, Generation Z. With constant access to social media, the ability to share every waking moment of one’s life has become far too much of a reality and it seems that many (young) people put too much importance on their online presence rather than their in-person presence. I think this was a fantastic representation of that and I wish more people saw it.

    However, I will agree with you that Aya is annoying. Still, I think I have more tolerance because I understand she is only fifteen and she acts the way she does because she grew up in that society. She’s been taught that fame is the only thing that matters. What else is a person to do when they’ve been taught it’s normal? Though, her lack of morals and care for the people around her was rather juvenile and selfish.

    And I completely agree with you on the love in this book. WAY too fast and absolute garbage. They didn’t know anything about each other, but they seemed willing to risk their lives for each other. That was probably the most irking thing about this book.

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