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review 2018-05-13 10:13
#30 - Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Extras (The Uglies) - Scott Westerfeld

Again, I did not enjoy this as much as I had the first time I read it (something like 10 years ago). Aya is annoying as hell, I mean I can’t blame her given the society she lives is but all she cares about is fame and recognition, and it is really something I hate. Tally is not as present in this book as she is in the other three but she still has an important role. She was also really annoying and I kind of wanted to punch her in the face. Again, given what she has been through, can’t blame her either…

 

The plot was not bad at all but I had issues with the pacing. It also seems kind of childish but maybe because I read it when I was way younger, I don’t know.

 

Anyway, this book was not bad at all, I even strongly recommend this series, but I guess I am disappointed because I thought it was going to be way better and maybe I shouldn’t have re read it.

 

As I already said in my review of the other books of the series, I am very excited about the new books to come!

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review 2015-08-06 20:12
Extras
Extras - Scott Westerfeld

Extras is the unexpected final book in the Uglies series, following what was originally touted as a trilogy.  The series is set in a dystopian future in which the ideas of beauty and conformity are the central ideals of the society.  This book takes place a few years after Tally's story ended and centers on Aya Fuse.  While conformity is less of a "thing" than it once was, beauty still remains as a measure of worth.  But is apparently no longer enough to be beautiful OR to be unique.  In Aya's city, being famous was the primary goal.  The more famous you are, the higher your "face rank" is and that rank is the currency upon which her society is based.  

 

There are pretty specific cliques within her fame-obsessed world.  There are the tech heads, those that are obsessed with the newest technology.  There are also the surge monkeys, those who are obsessed with the newest and weirdest plastic surgery trends in their quest for physical attractiveness.  And then there are the kickers, those obsessed with tracking down the latest story, the latest gossip, the latest bit of news.  These are posted on feeds, techy versions of our blogs.  Those whose face ranks are at the low end are the extras, the climbers who are obsessed with raising their ranks.  Aya is an extra with a face rank so low that no one knows who she is.  And she is obsessed with changing that.  When she stumbles upon a mysterious group of girls, it changes everything for her.  Most of the book focuses on Aya and her friends and they are all important to the story.  But we also see Tally and her crew again, brought into the story at important moments.  There are a ton of twists and turns in the plot, and quite a few surprises.  

 

In many ways, this is a timely book for this day and age.  It confronts the ideas of beauty and fame both, and turns it on edge in an extreme way that makes you think.  There are also themes of ethics and morality that present themselves in interesting, even if subtle, ways.  

 

There is no question that I loved this series and the thoughts it provoked.  But I can't help but wish that perhaps it took all of these themes just a bit further.  Like any good dystopian story, the author criticizes current society and focuses on aspects of it that are disturbing in their potential for disaster.  He took those things to extreme levels and based the world of his books on those aspects.  Beauty, conformity, fame... all of these things have the potential for disaster.  And all of these things are questioned.  But in the end, Tally still becomes Pretty and Aya still becomes famous.  True, as characters they have questioned those things and they are aware of the darker side, but they still became the very things that are at the center of controversy.  While both of these girls rebelled against the system, they both benefitted from it and I am not sure that was the intended message.  Of course, I do tend to over think things!

 

My Recommendation

 

This is an well-written series with some important issues as the focus.  It is engaging and thought-provoking and a fantastic reading experience.

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text 2014-06-01 18:19
June TBR
Forsaken - Thomas E. Sniegoski
Armageddon - Thomas E. Sniegoski
The One - Kiera Cass
Witch Hunt - Ruth Warburton
Extras - Scott Westerfeld

I don't think I'm going to get much reading done in June. I've already started off the month super lazy so I think my reading goal for this month is going to be about 5 books. Those books are: 

 

Forsaken - Thomas E. Sniegoski 

Armageddon - Thomas E. Sniegoski   

The One - Kiera Cass   

Witch Hunt - Ruth Warburton   

and Extras - Scott Westerfeld 

 

Hopefully I will get through all 5 of these books. I may even get around to reading more depending on how my reading mood works out. 

Source: thesepapertowns.booklikes.com
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review 2014-02-27 09:42
Uglies series: Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies series: Uglies; Pretties; Special... Uglies series: Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras - Scott Westerfeld

Read by Tiffany: Well constructed world, and well told story. Tally's indecision seems brief, but she has been brainwashed with pretty propaganda all her life. Good use of technology - hoverboards and bungee jackets, powerjacks and water purifiers. Sweet reveal of the truth of the Pretty operations from David's parents, with a nice twist at the end of who will consent to be the test bunny for the cure ...

 

Pretties is a great continuation of the story. Well written, good flow. Nice twist with the 2 pill cure. Highly telegraphed next step.

 

Specials focuses on the 3rd citizen set of Tally's society - the Specials. Solid conclusion to the trilogy, but not amazing or unexpected. Relies on Tally being saved by others with fortuitous timing .. 

 

Extras is an awesome reboot of the Uglies series, and my favourite of the 4 books. I loved the new characters, the Japanese setting is brilliant, the reputation economy and fame rank superb. Totally resonates when you see more and more people who constantly track re-tweets and facebook likes. Cue dramatic entry of Tally Youngblood. 

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text 2013-12-29 03:33
Bookmarks, Christmas and MORE
Touched - Cyn Balog
Splintered - A.G. Howard
Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea Trilogy #1) - Kristen Day
Uglies: Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras - Scott Westerfeld
Glitch - Heather Anastasiu
The Moon Dwellers - David Estes
Wings - Aprilynne Pike
So... it seems that I have found a bit of a twist. I've been jam packed in this Christmas and New Year break that a lot of things that I've got (blogging one of them) have been delayed. 

I feel extremely bad because of the lack of posts at the moment. I have attached a "sorry" gift at the bottom of this post, for what I have actually, been able to have the time to do.

At the moment I am writing reviews for the entire Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, that you all should see *hopefully* very very soon!

I hope you all are having a fantastic Christmas and New Year break! And a delayed Merry Christmas from me, Gina :D and have a Happy New Year! 

My Christmas was fantastic (mostly because my amazing boyfriend got me the box set for the entire *so far* Game of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin!!!!! 

What did you get for Christmas? 

And now, here is the "sorry" gift mentioned earlier!


Bookmarks!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/the-happenings.html
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