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Extras by Scott Westerfeld
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Sep 30, 09

bookshelves: not-own, 2009
Read in September, 2009

After reading the third volume which disappointed me a bit, I wasn't expecting much of this one, but I confess myself surrendered and curious to read more science fiction.

In this volume the action takes place about 3 years after the "Prettytime". Teenagers can still continue to do operations, to join or establish new "cliques", but they don't end empty headed. In Japan, this new era brought a new economy based on fame, or how many times a person's name is mentioned, either because they are extremely beautiful even without surgery, by founding new cliques and trends, by kicking the best and more interesting story, or because they simply changed the world – just like Tally, the famous #1 in the world. However, we don't follow her in this book but Aya Fuse, a "kicker" (a kind of journalist), who feels destined to be famous as soon as she kicks the story of a group of girls that are something elusive. But Aya does not expect to see herself in a bigger story...

The characters in this volume are much more enjoyable to follow than in the previous volume, including the main character. If Tally had many brain operations changing her dramatically, especially from book to book, this doesn't happen to Aya, who never experienced no surge and is willing to give news first hand thus winning fame, which seems just like any blogger. :P

The story is interesting enough to keep one reading page after page without wanting to put it down, and I liked how the title of the book related to the story. ;) Seems a much more satisfying end to this series that the third volume, which was supposed to have been the end. I was afraid of another "Meyer" *whistles innocently* but this book has enough action to keep one entertained.

Overall, it is a nice series and a good first step for those who have some reservations regarding science fiction, just like me. The society is interesting and the author manages to make us think about some issues, although not very detailed, but you have to consider the age group that this book is intended for.
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09/27/2009 page 76
18.23% "Different from previous volumes and seems to have a mystery!"
09/28/2009 page 279
66.91% "Enjoying it more than previous volumes."
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