Extras

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How did I get it?:

I bought it!

Synopsis:

These days it’s all about the fame. As if life isn’t hard enough when you’re fifteen, Aya Fuse’s face rank of 451,369 is so low, she’s a total nobody. An Extra. But when she meets a clique of girls who pull crazy, dangerous tricks in secret, Aya sees a way to get her popularity rating to soar…Aya is sure she’s destined for a life in the spotlight, and if she can just ‘kick’ the story to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are, then the spotlight will be on her. But is Aya really prepared to be propelled out of Extra-land and into a world of instant fame, celebrity…and extreme danger?

Thoughts:

I have been a big fan of this series. I’ve loved Uglies, Pretties and Specials but unfortunately Extras didn’t quite work for me. It’s not all negative though. The first half of the book which mainly revolved around new character Aya was intriguing and I thought the idea of a face-rank system, where your standing in society was determined by how much people spoke about you was interesting. It made me reflect on current celebrity culture. Aya is so determined to become famous and spoken about that she’d ‘kick’ a story about a clique that no-one know much about to become famous. I think my main problem with the character of Aya was that she really didn’t go on a ‘journey’. I hate that word, but hey, I’ve just used it! There was no character development, she was just as shallow at the end of the story as she was at the beginning.

Halfway through the book Tally came into the story and I was excited. I thought things were really going to be shaken up, but I was disappointed. Tally was portrayed as someone completely different to the other books. I understand though, that this is because the main focus isn’t on Tally. The way she comes across is how Aya experiences her. Maybe I’m just too attached to Tally.. she did go through a lot in the trilogy but I was disappointed that she was so cold.

Scott Westerfeld has some amazing ideas and some of his sci-fi creations are brilliant. I wouldn’t hesitate to read another book by Scott. However, with Extras, I’m left not knowing what I really feel about it. Some parts were great, but some parts just seemed completely unnecessary. I just wish I loved Extras as much as the rest of the series.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
How A Person Should Be?- Sheila Heti

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