Sunday, 25 August 2013
Book Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld
It's a few years after Tally bought down the Uglies/Pretties system and people are still pretty much finding a way. People are having more and more extreme surgeries to express themselves. This can even include a brain surgery to change your personality. We meet Aya Fuse who lives in one of these cities. She's a total nobody with a face rank of over 400,000. She wants to show a good story and finds a clique of girls who are into extreme stunts. If she shows the story about these girls are then she'll be launched into a world of fame and danger.
This final installment was definitely weaker than the main trilogy. The Uglies series works pretty well without this book. In fact, when I finished it, I didn't feel as though it had really added much to the overall story that we'd read in the previous books.
Tally isn't the focus here but she does appear later on in the book. It was pretty entertaining to read her bemusement at the new rules in this city. The Uglies/Pretties thing she understood! One of my main issues was how quickly this new system was put in place. From what I could work out of the timeline, maybe 2 or 3 years have passed since the end of Specials yet the world before is spoken of as though it was many, many years ago. Also, it seems to be a well established system. Certainly not the early days of a new culture. I expected there to be more fall out from the "mind rain" since it really happened so recently.
The technology of this future world was seamlessly blended in to everyone's life. There are video cameras absolutely everywhere and at times I wondered if this was supposed to be something of a social commentary!
The ending reveal left me going "huh? Why?". It was somewhat bizarre. A lot, actually.