Extras (Uglies, #4)
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Extras (Uglies #4)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  66,671 ratings  ·  4,142 reviews
Extras, the final book in the Uglies series, is set a couple of years after the “mind-rain,” a few earth-shattering months in which the whole world woke up. The cure has spread from city to city, and the pretty regime that kept humanity in a state of bubbleheadedness has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unle...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Like the other books in the Uglies trilogy, Extras is fun and a very fast read. I read this book in about 2 and 1/2 hours, pretty much non-stop.

However, Extras raised the same prickly issues for me that the other books in the series did. My years as a student steeped in cultural studies and gender theory make it pretty much impossible for me to read works of popular fiction without subjecting them to critical analysis, and Westerfeld's books certainly lend themselves to this sort of critique. E...more
I really struggled to finish this book, and I thought it was significantly worse than the others in the series. A lot of the dialogue was agonizingly stilted. The characters actually said things like "Not good!" and "uh, oh!" to react to approaching falling objects and other imminent bumps-on-the-head. AAAAAARGH. Those lines drive me crazy enough in movies. I was horrified to find them in a book.
At one point, characters from two different countries meet and have some communication difficulties....more
Paige [eastIndies.]
Honestly, this book was kind of a disappointment. I liked how it was all accumulated around the Japanese society, but other than that, I was expecting much more of this book. In my opinion, Aya is a very whiny, self-absorbed suck up. I don't like the way Scott Westerfeld portrays Tally in this either because he renders her as a know-it-all b word, to say the least. Which, I don't think Tally has ever been. Her character is not put to justice in this book.
Emma (Miss Print)
Extras is the fourth book in Scott Westerfeld's critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series (originally it was a trilogy). The first three books Uglies, Pretties, and Specials follow Tally Youngblood, a fifteen-year-old girl living in a futuristic world so dominated by plastic surgery that anyone who looks normal is ugly. Extras is set three years after the events of the trilogy unfold, in a different city, with different main characters. The trilogy, however, sets the framework for...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
Ugh. Finally done.

This is how this book made me feel;


because it was such a disappointment.

and maybe a bit of this;


because it was so boring.

and also;


because...well, it fucking sucked.

I've noticed that I've been rating these 'Uglies' books in a pattern:

Uglies: 5 Stars
Pretties: 4 Stars
Specials: 3 Stars
Extras: 2 Stars

Too bad they don't have a fifth one. If that had sucked as bad as this one, I would have loved to give that a one star, then the pattern would be complete.
You know this book started out okay but it quickly went down hill. I was actually annoyed to see Tally in this one and her attitude. I mean this book was not about her so I don't understand why she HAD to be in it. I didn't like how she was portrayed at all. I also quickly got annoyed at Aya.

The Uglies series was my first exposure to Westerfeld and though I really liked Uglies and liked Pretties and pretty much liked Specials I gotta say i'm noticing a pattern with his characters. They all want...more
Finishing a series always makes me feel like I'm losing a friend. I've spent a good week or so reading these four books, absorbed in the pages and the characters and their lives, and now I just feel lonely.

Extras is set a few years after the huge finale of Specials, or the "mind-rain" as they now call it. It's also a bunch of new characters (although Tally, Shay, David and Fausto make a reappearance which I'm extremely happy about!), a new city, and a spanking new economy known as the "reputati...more
I can't believe that I am finished with this series. (What to start on next, hmmm.)

This was my least favorite of the series. I really liked it for the first half. I liked Aya Fuse (cool name) and her brother, Hiro, and his friend, Ren. I liked the whole premise of popularity and fame being a commodity for living.

I can't believe that I am saying this, but I didn't really like Tally in this book! Once, she came on the scene, I thought the writing became very sloppy. The whole second half of the st...more
The fourth, surprise volume in the Uglies no-longer-a-trilogy. I liked this way more than Specials, the last book in the series (which I actually kind of hated). This novel doesn't center around Tally, the protagonist of the previous three books, but around a new character, Aya Fuse, who's growing up in a post-Pretties world. The Important Teen Topic Westerfeld is tackling this time is fame, not beauty, as following Tally's act of liberation, the world has evolved into one where wealth and soc...more
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I am just going to pretend that this book doesn't exist! ALIENS????? ALIENS??????? ALIENS?????????? That's a cruel joke. I got so pissed I erased it off my Kindle.It's one of the few books I have abandoned in my life but it was spoiling the thrill and excitement that had built up in me. It's such a disappointing ending to the Uglies series - as if a completely different person came up with it. Even the writing is not at paar with the previous books. The action is abrupt. At one moment the charac...more
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When is it ever a good idea to add a fourth installment to a trilogy?
Can I give this no stars?

What was that? What was the purpose of this book? Ugh. I kind if hated Aya. She was whiny and no matter what situation came up, no matter how dire, ALL SHE CARED ABOUT WAS IF HER CAMERA WAS CATCHING IT. All she cared about was being a kicker. And what happened to Tally? She just seemed really annoyed the whole time, and not anything like her previous self. The plot, I felt, was also pretty loose. It's just about a fame obsessed girl who finds out about these "freaks" th...more
There is an interesting arc to my appreciation of Extras.

I wasn't so sure at first. The girl on the front is obviously not Tally Youngblood, and so I was rather nervous about starting a Westerfeld book that wasn't about Tally Youngblood. But start it I did, and for the first half or so I was in young adult fiction bliss.

Extras does it all right when it comes to futuristic fiction with a bit of a social commentary. Insert Aya Fuse, a fifteen-year-old in post-mind-rain (see Specials) Japan, where...more
★ Jess
I would give this 2.5
It was no where near as good as Uglies-though it was just as enjoyable as 'Specials'.
If you're a fan of the original three books, I strongly recommend reading this one as well!
If you thought the first three were just so-so, then give this one a miss.
Peter Meredith
Despite that Extras was written for an audience of teenage girls I rather enjoyed it. It was a quick, easy read that kept me interested as it moved splendidly along...until we came nigh of its conclusion and then the floor sort of just dropped out of the story.
*Here there be spoilers*
The story revolves around Aya Fuse, who at the tender age of fifteen is desperate for attention--fame being the only way to become rich in the city of the future's "Reputation Economy."
You heard that right.
I know...more
Sorry, Scott. I'm gonna have to throw in the towel this time. I just give up. I loved all of your other books (Peeps, Uglies, Pretties, Specials, the Midnighters series) but I just can't, and I mean CAN'T, understand how this book wormed its way into existence.

Why, Scott? Why?

Why make such a despicable protagonist? You know, I actually felt antagonistic towards Aya, so I don't think the term "protagonist" even applies. I tried to love her, and try I did. But try as I might, I JUST HATED HER GUTS...more
Colleen Houck
I think this novel was so creative. The constant monitoring of your stats reminds me of all the stuff I do with Facebook and Twitter and blogging. It's easy to see how this could happen in the future. What a strange world.
COUNT AS TWO BOOKS!The one reason Aya Fuse lives is for the hope of becoming famous.So does every other person in Japan's future.People do anything they can to have a story of there's recognized.Aya follows a group of teens to make a video that will give her the glitz and glamour of the celebrity life, who are unlike the majority of the population in several ways.During this time she discovers something more important than her story.
At the beginning of this story, the very little actions the c...more
Airiz C
Think of an ultramodern city where everything that matters is fame and reputation. Think about a society where everyone can be “kickers” or journalists, where everyone can be “tech-heads” or inventors, where everyone can be “surge-monkeys” and undergo as many surgeries as they can in the name of fashion. Think of a city swathed in big futuristic bubble, eyed 24/7 by a mechanical Big Brother.

Sounds like the world just became a blown-up version of American Idol, eh?

Extras, the fourth installment i...more
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I was very amused by the dedication of this novel: "To everyone who wrote to me to reveal the secret definition of the word 'trilogy'."

This takes place some years after Tally takes down society, and vows to protect the Earth.

Aya is 15 in what is today's Japan. Her parents won't allow her to start having surge until she is 16. Aya thinks they wish that it were still the Prettytime. Her rank in the city is far too low for her to afford any, anyway. Her feed is read by almost nobody, so her facera...more
The things that annoyed me in Specials got even worse in this one. Basically, people in this future world all value the "environment" over human life.

*Spoilers Ahead*

The hypocrisy drove me crazy! So the Extras secretly steal all the steel from the Earth so they can blast into orbit & live up THERE but still on the Earth's resources (um, how is that helping the Earth?)? Yet, don't the cities that exist on Earth need that steel? Oh, it's to keep them from expanding--so let me get this straigh...more
It has been three years since Tally Youngblood brought about the mind rain and ended the practice of surgery that turned humans into mindless "bubbleheads" incapable of fighting or really thinking for themselves. Aya Fuse is a 15 year old ugly living in a city whose inhabitants will do anything to raise their "face rank", a listing that shows who is the most popular in the city and confers upon them special benefits befitting the famous. In an effort to get out of the ranks of unnamed extras, Ay...more
I barely made it through this book... And then only for the principle of reading the whole series. This book should NOT have been published as far as I'm concerned. The 3rd book ended poorly and this one was just so disappointing.
Starting this book was disorienting! Context clues revealed it was a Japanese city but it irked me that I had to use them to figure out setting. And again, he did not describe a setting very well other than giving the smell of surroundings. In a fully created world I N...more
Extras proved to be my second favorite book in the Uglies Series. Well, how wouldn't it be? I have a big weakness for Japanese culture! Even with the universe created being familiar to me, I would still say that the setting of the story being in Japan kind of kicked up the level of enthusiasm up a notch.

Aya Fuse is a fifteen-year-old Japanese girl, who wants to gain popularity by "kicking" a story about something interesting to the public, thus will increase her face rank. Fame will get you just...more
Okay, this is the very LAST book I am going to read by Scott Westerfeld! I love his dystopic world in the future with all the imaginative people and ways to be. His mysteries and conflicts which send the protagonists, whether they are uglies, pretties, specials, or extras, are quite exciting and keep you reading to see the solution. But the last two books, Specials and Extras, have now put him into the writing genre of Eco-Novelist. His message of it would be better to change your body to a zero...more
Interestingly enough, this ended up being my favorite book of this series, though it truly is an "extra" in every sense of the word, rather than being a typical sequel. I just found the "reputation economy" of the city in this story interesting to read about, not to mention the latest technological innovations that Westerfield presents.

I also found the characters to be a little more likable in Extras. Their weird language didn't annoy me the way it did in the past two books--mainly because it wa...more
Melanie Franklin
I think the Author should have stopped after writing "Specials". This "Extra" forth book just seems like a way for him to cash in on a hugely popular series. While the first 3 books are about Tally and written in her perspective, "Extras" is about a new character and new city, written from Aya's perspective. Tally makes an appearance half-way through the book, and stays for the second half of the book. However, Tally's story line is not very "happy-making".
Since Zane has died, Tally...more
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Ugly. Pretty. Spe...: Will "Extras" be hard to get into given the different characters? 2 14 Jun 18, 2014 11:00AM  
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling American-born author of YA sci-fi literature. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.
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