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Extras (The Uglies) av Scott Westerfeld
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Extras (The Uglies) (utgåvan 2007)

av Scott Westerfeld (Författare), Rodrigo Corral (Formgivare)

Serier: Uglies (4)

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4,9941551,680 (3.66)103
After rebel Tally Youngblood brings down the uglies/pretties/specials regime, fame, instead of beauty, becomes the new world order, and fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse embarks on a dangerous plan to boost her popularity ranking.
Medlem:dieciseislunas
Titel:Extras (The Uglies)
Författare:Scott Westerfeld (Författare)
Andra författare:Rodrigo Corral (Formgivare)
Info:Simon Pulse (2007), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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I liked this book. It was interesting to see what happens after the 3rd book. It shows the direction their world went in after the Mind Rain. ( )
  DoomLuz | Jul 20, 2021 |
Tally Youngblood has become famous, but lives in the wild. The protagonist in this novel is the young Aya Fuse, living in a Japanese city, where the economy is based on reputation. As an ugly, who is unknown on the city's "feeds", Aya dreams of becoming famous like her brother, Hiro. She seeks to kick a big story on the Sly Girls, a group of daredevils who avoid kickers like Aya. But when she joins them, she discovers an even bigger story, and the dangers that come with it. ( )
  TAPearson | Jan 31, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book reads like bad fanfiction. It's just terrible. It's not even fun to read, which the previous books in this series all were, even if the plots started to get holes in them and there was often too much camping in the woods. This was just miserable.

The problems started with the protagonist, fifteen-year-old Aya. This is the same age that Tally was at the start of Uglies, but Aya is not Tally, and consistently behaves like she's much younger. She is completely obsessed with achieving fame, but she doesn't seem to have any friends at all – just a small flying robot, Moggle. She does have a brother (Hiro), who seems to find her a nuisance, and her brother also has a friend (Rem, I think) who she seems to treat as a friend of her own, even though at one point in the novel he makes her swim to the bottom of a deep lake to collect the robot Moggle, instead of like, using a net or something. Oh also, early in the book she meets a reasonably famous guy (Frizz) at a party who develops a crush on her, even though he's so committed to telling the truth that he got brain surgery to make him incapable of telling lies and she lies all the time.

And you see, this lying is related to why she seems to have no friends – she is so desperate to achieve fame that when she does become part of a particular clique, it's only so she can expose their secret (illegal) thrill-seeking and somehow achieve fame that way. Which, as a plan, does not even make sense. But nonetheless, Aya seems to regard other people as mere tools to be used in the pursuit of fame, being so astoundingly self-absorbed that she is really, really unlikeable.

Also, she doesn't seem to have any parents or anything. In general, she seems very ungrounded – which again, is a huge contrast to when we were introduced to Tally in Uglies, who we knew to have parents (hell, her parents even appeared in one scene), and also friends (Peris, although he'd already been prettified). Aya has none of this background; she could almost be a robot with false memories who hadn't existed until just when the novel began. It probably would have been more interesting if that was the case.

Anyway, if Aya is unrelatable and unlikeable, so too is everyone else. Hiro just seems kind of unpleasant early in the book, Rem has the incident with the lake, and Frizz is just a walking plot device. When characters from the previous books arrive – Tally, Shay and co. – not only are they really dislikeable but they're not even in character. In the intervening time since Pretties (which, by the way, is only THREE YEARS – the entire social structure this book describes was established and stabilised in THREE YEARS, what?!), Tally has somehow gone from how she was then to a gruff and celibate type who thinks nothing about getting random teenagers kidnapped by the people she thinks are the bad guys. Just... callous.

The main plot, honestly, is pretty boring (although probably my contempt for most of the characters helped to shape my opinion), and an economy based on reputation doesn't even really make sense, although I'd be willing to forgive it that if it had done anything interesting with the concept.

There was some interesting stuff around social media gone too far (I guess) – people in Aya's city seem to have Facebook (although it isn't called Facebook) installed directly into their eye sockets, so at any moment they can look up "their" feeds, and the feeds of others, and have these things projected directly onto their eyes. Kind of like Google Glass, but weirder. So that was interesting conceptually, but it added a whole extra level onto the narration – I think Westerfeld wrote more about what Aya saw on her feed than what she saw in the actual physical world – and it meant this book had a very different feel to the three that came before it. Honestly, I think it would've been better if he'd just written a standalone novel, with better characters.

So in the end... I came away from this very disappointed. I felt like this book sullied my memory of the other ones, and particularly of the character of Tally. Uglies wasn't a perfect book, but it was interesting and I really liked it on the reread. The other books may have let it down a little, but this one did in a big way. I wish I hadn't read it. Man. ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
I don't know what it was, but it is possible I loved this book more than any of the original "Uglies" trilogy. Maybe it was that Westerfeld got the chance to take his world in a new direction, or maybe it was the awesome new characters. But this was one companion novel that did it right.

Aya Fuse lives in a city in what today we would know as Japan, several years after Tally Youngblood toppled the hierarchy of the cities and brought about the "mind-rain." Now, the population of the cities is focused on a new form of hierarchy; popularity. All over the city, cliques and individuals try to boost their social status using strange surgery, new technology, weird concepts, and filmed news stories called "kicks" that are akin to modern day blogs. And Tally, who has achieved hero status, is the most famous of all, though no one has ever seen her.

Aya is a relative unknown in the shadow of her famous older brother Hiro, who is ruthless in his stories. But her whole life changes when she meets the Sly Girls, an exclusive clique who do daredevil tricks and find off-limits secrets. And when Aya and the Sly Girls discover strange humanoid figures loading equipment into a mountain, Aya may have the chance to kick the biggest story ever; the end of the world.

Aya herself is a worthy heroine follow-up to Tally, adventurous but still trying to unravel the ethics and identity behind her desire to be popular. Fun new characters bring a whole different level of awesome: Aya's cocky brother Hiro, his tech-head friend Ren, and Aya's crush Frizz Mizuno, a sweet, gorgeous guy with a Radical Honesty brain surge that renders him incapable of lying (and my favorite guy of the whole series ;) ). Add in an encounter with the famous Tally, along with her group of friends (yes, including Shay and David), and the mysterious danger of the humanoid aliens, and this is just a riot of adventure, and proof that the future of the "Uglies" world is going to do okay. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
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With its combination of high-stakes melodrama, cinematic action and thought-provoking insight into some really thorny questions of human nature, the new novel, like its predecessors, is a superb piece of popular art, reminiscent less of other young adult books than of another pop masterpiece, the revived “Battlestar Galactica.”
tillagd av Aerrin99 | ändraNew York Times, James Hynes (Nov 11, 2007)
 
Aya and her friends are some of the most interesting, flawed and inspirational people I've met in a young adult novel, making this yet another great Westerfeld to use in turning your kids onto sf.
tillagd av lampbane | ändraBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Sep 30, 2007)
 

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You all say you need us. Well, maybe you do, but not to help you. You have enough help, with the millions of bubbly new minds about to be unleashed, with all the cities coming awake at last. Together, you're more than enough to change the world without us. So from now on, David and I are here to stand in your way. You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.

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