Extras - Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 4th February 2008
Other Titles in the Series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials
These days, it's all about fame...
'Tech-heads' flaunt their latest gadgets, 'kickers' spread gossip and trends - and it's all monitored by millions of cameras. The world is like a giant reality TV show, where popularity rules and everyone else is just an extra.
As if it isn't hard enough being fifteen, with a face rank of 451,369, Aya Fuse is a total nobody. But when she meets a clique of girls who pull crazy, dangerous tricks in secret, Aya knows that if she can kick their story, her popularity rating will soar...
Aya is sure she's destined for a life in the spotlight, but is she really prepared for everything that comes with it - instant fame, celebrity...extreme danger?
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the previous three but it was good nonetheless. Extras is set in a different place to the previous ones, a different continent even with a world three years from where we left Tally and it's very different.
As with all of this series, I was amazed at the technology and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live among it. I expect it might be quite fun though! I loved the way that the characters slang and words of the moment changed as they changed and according to the people that they met. I thought that this was clever and very true to real life. It's hard to not give away the plot because the bigger surprise this novel will be, the better.
I am now a dedicated Scott Westerfeld fan and I'm going to search out the rest of his novels. But for now, everyone who hasn't read them yet: DO IT!