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Extras by Scott Westerfeld
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Jan 29, 12

Read in January, 2012

Okay, so it seems like this author gets a premise and just decides to go with it, not really bothering to do much development. A little more world-building is done here, but not that much.
And the relationships are not developed at all. How can Aya and Frizz possibly be in love with each other when they never really have a conversation apart from one fight?
Why should Aya be loyal to the Sly Girls (Sly Girls? Really?) when they're not really her friend, and the whole relationship is based on mistrust?

And of course, Scott whips out his repertoire of irritating terms from nervous-making to the old favorites like bubbly-making, I could not be spared a hyphenated word at any turn.
And then again, there's this obsessing with taking life-threatening risks as being superior to any other possible form of entertainment available to the normal world. And of course, the regular cast of cool, note-worthy anti-establishment individuals who, despite the freedom of new society, have to find something to rebel against.

Then reenter TallY Youngblood, self-proclaimed hero of the world as they know it, who feels the insatiable desire to blow up things. And from then on, the grand finale in which Scott Westerfield solves all society's problems (view spoiler)
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