Extras [Scott Westerfeld] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. It’s a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the. Extras is a young adult science fiction novel written by Scott Westerfeld. The novel was published and released by Simon& Schuster on October 2, , and is a. The Paperback of the Extras (Uglies Series #4) by Scott Westerfeld at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Extras by Scott Westerfeld. A few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime, a cultural renaissance sweeps the world. Popularity rules, and exxtras craves fame. Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is no exception.

Her only chance at stardom is to kick a wild and unexpected story. Then she stumbles upon a big secret.

Aya knows she is on the cusp of celebrity. But the information she is about to disclose will change both her fate…and that of the brave new world Hardcoverpages. Published October 2nd by Simon Pulse first published May 10th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Extrasplease sign up. Is it just me, or was Extras originally written as part of a different universe to Uglies and then connected to the books we all know and love at the last minute? I’d like Extras better if I didn’t expect another book with my favorite Uglies characters at front and center.

Lindsay Yes, the book was set in Asia I think Japan? I almost set it aside because I was expecting the others …more Yes, the book was set in Asia I think Japan? I almost set it aside because I was expecting the others in the beginning. I’m glad I kept reading because it did tie in eventually. Is this book related to the rest books? Will I be able to read it since I haven’t read the first books?

Ju I think you could read this book on it’s own. It is from a different pov than the trilogy and describes the wesherfeld after what happened in the first 3 …more I think you could read this book on it’s own. It is from a different pov than the trilogy and describes the world after what happened in the first 3 books. It is set in a different city with extraa technologies and the main character doesn’t really know what happened in the first 3 books. See all 11 questions about Extras…. Lists with This Book.

Sep 20, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it.

Extras (Uglies, #4) by Scott Westerfeld

This is how a companion novel is done! You see, freedom has a way of destroying things. Aya Fuse is just fifteen-years-old but already, the world has radically changed since Tally Youngblood freed everyone.

Just a few years ago, it was standard for all kids 16 and up to get the Pretty surgery – where their faces and bodies were altered to be statistically perfect. Only, there was a dark side to this surge. The doctors would also implant a few lesions in choice spots of the Authors, take note.


The doctors would also implant a few lesions in choice spots of the brain in order to prevent the “Pretties” from ever being aggressive, angry or even remotely rebellious. And the currency is fame. Even mocking people helped their face stats. In the reputation economy, the only real way to hurt anyone was to ignore them completely.

And it was pretty hard to ignore someone who made your blood boil.

The more famous you are, the more merits you can earn wdsterfeld which has prompted an explosion of creativity. From tech-heads to surge-monkeys, Aya’s city has it all.

And all Aya wants is 1 become Pretty and 2 kick the biggest story ever. Her older brother is a great Kicker – he brings light to many, many events throughout the city and spends life in luxury from the merits he earned. Aya spent her entire life looking up to him, wanting to be him, and now she finally has the chance. Aya is absolutely confused westrrfeld why wouldn’t you want to be famous Suddenly, Aya is standing over the biggest story that will ever be kicked.

And, it just so happens to be one that threatens her very life.

Not by talking fxtras it, not with all the brain surge in the world. In short, I loved this one. I adored how Westerfeld re-imagines the Pretty world and expands it with an entirely new cast with a few appearances from some old favorites! The characters felt realistic and grounded – so much that I feel like I could carry on a conversation with all of them.

I loved how all the tech expanded and really grew wild in this world. Westerfe,d, above all, I loved Moggle Aya’s old, outdated hovercam with a hilarious personality. Moggle stole ever single scene, and honestly, I would read a book from the perspective of that little robot in a heartbeat. Definitely a novel to check out! Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.

View all 4 comments. Jan 01, Abby rated it liked it Shelves: Like the other books in the Uglies trilogy, Extras is fun and a very fast read. However, Extras raised the same prickly issues for me that the other weaterfeld 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 Like the other books in the Uglies trilogy, Extras is fun and a very fast read. Especially if you are like me. Like most dystopian science westerfsld, Westerfeld’s books cast a critical eye on disturbing aspects of our present-day etras — obsession with looks, fame, etc — by taking those aspects to extremes and weaving them into the very fabric of the future society. In Extras, people earn money, respect, and privilege through the “reputation-based” economy, which rewards those who weaterfeld make a name for themselves by publicizing and popularizing their thoughts, exploits, etc through the “feeds” read: In all of these books, the main female character desperately wants to be pretty, special, popular, famous or whatever, but ends up questioning the values of her society when she meets outsiders who don’t subscribe to those norms.


The problem I have with Westerfeld’s books is that these critiques, which are intriguing and extrsa, don’t actually go far enough. Although the main character openly questions and in some cases initially resists the societal mandate to become pretty, special, famous, etc, she ALWAYS westerfwld ends up becoming pretty or famous even if it is against her will.

Unlike all the other unenlightened pretty or famous folks who have never questioned their society’s structure, however, she is well-aware of the pitfalls. So although Westerfeld is clearly trying to show the reader how screwed up the dystopian society’s norms westerfeldd by implication our own are, in the end, he simply reinforces them. In Westerfeld’s world, you can be hip to the ways in which our society’s obsession with looks and celebrity oppress others and rail against the system, but you can still benefit from them at the same time.

There’s no sacrifice to make. And I guess that’s why, as much as Wewterfeld enjoy Westerfeld’s books, I can’t help thinking that ultimately they’re as shallow as the cultural norms they purport to critique.

Westterfeld all 13 comments. Feb 22, Christina rated it it was ok. 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 exrras like “Not good! Those lines drive me crazy enough in extrae. I was horrified to find them in a book. At one point, characters from two different countries meet and have some communication difficulties.

After a few pages, the author seems to forget about the language barrier and the characters converse naturally, as if they’re all speaking the same language.

Then, toward the end, things get awkward again. Sloppy writing, I say. Thoughout the series, the characters were pretty one-sided. Tally the protagonist from the first three books entered this book about half-way through, and I was surprised westwrfeld find her totally changed; whereas in the first three books she was a victim, thrown about by circumstances and surgeries, in this book she was suddenly a confident, rough-and-tumble leader.

I just didn’t buy it. I don’t think Westerfeld weeterfeld very well from a teenage girl’s point of view.


Neither Aya nor Tally westwrfeld very strong characters, and the “ew, bugs and mud! I was also confused by the fact that this story took place in a different country from the first three. I wish that had been well established early on so that I didn’t have to wonder what the location was for such a long time.

Wow, this review has gotten WAY longer than necessary. There were some really good, interesting, creative ideas in the Uglies series, but they weren’t good books.