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Extras by Scott Westerfeld
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Jul 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, young-adult
Read in July, 2008

I really liked the first part of this book. Scott Westerfeld's creation of a "reputation-based economy" is fascinating. The cameras, the feeds, and the fame offer dead-on commentary on society's obsession with celebrity and the internet. I thought it was brilliant to have the city tracking the number of times peoples' names were said so that the citizens could be ranked in order of celebrity minute by minute. Also, I thought that Radical Honesty was hilarious.

However, and I'm finding that this is my typical reaction to the Uglies books, as soon as the characters left the city my interest in the book really plummeted. I was not a huge fan of how it all ended. If the zero-g people weren't really all that bad why were they stabbing everyone with their needle fingers?

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