Book Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth

Tomorrow Impostors will be released and as part of that, I have reread the entire Uglies series up until now. Today I will tell about my experience with the last book, Extras. Which I found really disappointing and not even worth to see as part of the series.

Book Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld


Title & Author: Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Dystopia, Adventure
Release date: May 10 2006
Series: Uglies
Publisher: Simon Pulse


A few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime, a cultural renaissance sweeps the world. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. Popularity rules and everyone craves fame.

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is no exception. But Aya’s face rank is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. 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.

I give Extras by Scott Westerfeld two out of five hearts because it is not even worth to be called part of the Uglies series. What was Scott Westerfeld thinking?

The only positive point that Extras has is that is just as easy and fast read as the other three in the series. It plays a few years after the events of the original Uglies trilogy and follows Aya. But the world that is left behind is completely different from what I thought Tally had made the world into. Or at least what she said she would. It feels more like she freed them and then left the world to fend for itself and to go down the drain all over again. Then why free the people?

The city where Aya lives is ruled by face ranking. The more popular you are the more influence and better life you have. How the hell are people who are popular smart enough to rule the city? It is just as wrong as the original way of doing things was, with the uglies and pretties etc. There is so much wrong with this world that I can’t even remember all the points.

But on top of that is Aya not even an interesting girl, she is plain and wants to be popular, just like everyone else. Why is she not just a girl who doesn’t want to fit in? Isn’t that how the story writing works? She is a boring character and only by the extreme end she changes a little bit, but that is all.

I didn’t even care to read all the familiar names from the earlier books. It makes me hesitant to pick up Impostors tomorrow, so I am going to have to see if I will keep reviewing these books.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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