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Content Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras (Uglies)
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Age of Main Character:  15
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971214

It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.

As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.

Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.

Sexual Content:

    Aya and Frizz kiss-not detailed




    -Aya and her friends do a lot of dare-devil stunts, like Mag-Lev surfing (like surfing on the top of a train)
    -Strange creatures chase Aya and her friends and kidnap them 

Other Notables:

-Mention of parties
-Lots of surgery to "improve" including changing your looks, bone structure, getting flash tattoos, having video screens implanted in your eyes etc. (futuristic)
-Mention of cutters from the previous Uglies books.  (They would cut themselves because only an adrenaline rush would make them think clearly)
-Mention of people with eating disorders and people trying to grow tobacco to smoke

Was it any good?

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  I liked Uglies a lot, but after I got through with Specials, I was sick of the series.  I waited a couple of months before starting this one, and it's just different enough from the others that it got my attention again. Blog Review