“To everyone who wrote me to reveal the secret definition of the word ‘trilogy’.” ~Scott Westerfeld.
The Uglies “trilogy” is back, with the stunning fourth book Extras. Extras follows the story of Aya Fuse and her quest to become famous. Taking place about three years after the end of Specials this book does not disappoint. Or at least, it didn’t disappoint me.
In this time everyone is given a “feed,” much like blogs of today, where they can post anything they want. If people read their stuff and talk about it, the person’s “face rank” goes up. The highest being 1 and the lowest being 1,000,000. Aya is in the lower spectrum. A total extra. But she’s got a plan. She’s going to kick a story so huge everyone will have to notice her. But at what price?
I was frustrated at first. I loved Aya but I wanted to know what happened to Tally! I buzzed through the first pages wondering, will she come now? How about now? I eventually got so wrapped up in the story (even without Tally) that I soon lost this hasty approach. Aya is a delightful character and it’s great to get to know her and her feelings. The idea of having an economy based on popularity is a great idea (for a story, I’m not quite sure about real life).
This book is a wonderful rainy day read. If you’ve got nothing to do, sit down with Extras. If you have something to do I wouldn’t recommend this book (I read it in one sitting. One sitting that lasted about 4 hours). A wonderful story that captures you and won’t let go.
Mr. Westerfeld you’ve done it again. Now please allow me to inform you of the secret definition of sequels…
Coming soon! A review on The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld