The best out of the series yet! This story is about Aya, an Extra who has a very famous brother. The city this time is set in Japan. Aya finds what she thinks is a plan to destroy the world, and records everything that she finds, which makes her famous. But in the process, she also draws the attention of Tally, who comes back in this book.
This is the fourth book in the series, and you will need to read the other three in order to understand what is going on. This is another wild ride just like the other books Scott writes. Don't miss out!
This book is very confusing at first because you are like, "Where's Tally." But before you read this book here is some helpful information. Kickers are people who make vidoes on their feeds. Like a newscaster, only they can kick a story about whatever they want. Feeds are like a blog that everyone has. YOu have a face-rank which tells you how popular you are. Extras is a great book and it ties all the odds and ends. I was confused about feeds, and kickers so I thought you might want to know that before you read this book. : )
First of all, I must confess how much I love this series overall. I find the series to be fast paced, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Tally's story in the first 3 installments really captured my imagination. However, I was just a little disappointed with this installment. My disappointment is really very minor. I think I had expectations about the book that worked against me. I expected that the main character would be from the same part of the world as Tally. I expected that Tally would play a vital role or none at all. Of course, some of my expectations were exceeded. For example, I would expect a futuristic Japan to be extremely technologically advanced and the author had some interesting ideas on that. I really enjoyed that exploration. At the end of the day, here's what I think happened. The "trilogy" was extremely popular and people wanted more. So, the author finally gave in to pressure and expanded the series. He was smart and chose a new character's story to tell and found a way to keep established ideas and people in it as well. Brilliant, really. But, I wanted something either entirely different or very similar to the previous stories. I did not really want a mix of the two, which is what happened. I imagine 99% of the fan base will love that approach, but I was mildly disappointed with it. Oh well. I still liked the book a lot and I love the series enough to recommend it to young adults and not so young adults, as well. I am curious to see how others react to the book and what the author will do next.
The world is now post Tally and everyone now is expressing their individuality, however one thing remains important to most in Aya's town their rank determined by popularity. Aya is determined to boost her's through her story kicking (equivilant to blogging) to get the way to the top. Through her adventures she discovers a clique that doesn't want to be popular and some weird group who might be aliens who aren't up to any good. Will Aya's desire to become popular destroy new found friendships, and what is up with the weird alien-like forms? Well written. Aya's character is new and refreshing and fits well with the Uglies trilogy.
I didn't this book as much as I liked the previous ones. It seemed that with each book published, it just became such "lame-reading" that I'm glad to see that this was the last one. I hate when authors try to make a story full of dramatic encounters and there's just something missing to really grab you.
That said, I will still read books by this author, but I'll just look for (or wishlist) them at PBS.