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Extras
Contributor(s): Westerfeld, Scott
ISBN: 1442419784     ISBN-13: 9781442419780
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
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Annotation: Extras, the final book in the Uglies series, is set a couple of years after the “mind-rain,” a few earth-shattering months in which the whole world woke up. The cure has spread from city to city, and the pretty regime that kept humanity in a state of bubbleheadedness has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. Culture is splintering, the cities becoming radically different from each other as each makes its own way into this strange and unpredictable future . . .

One of the features of the new world is that everyone has a "feed," which is basically their own blog/myspace/tv channel. The ratings of your feed (combined with how much the city interface overhears people talking about you) determines your social status--so everyone knows at all times how famous they are.

As Scott Westerfeld explored the themes of extreme beauty in the first three Uglies books, now he takes on the world's obsession with fame and popularity. And how anyone can be an instant celebrity.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fame; Fiction.
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011013234
Lexile Measure: 790
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: The Uglies
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (0.75 lbs) 399 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119699
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42146
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): >
Scott Westerfeld‘s other teen books include the Midnighters series, Peeps, So Yesterday, and The Last Days. He divides his summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Westerfeld's unique dystopian "trilogy plus one" receives a full redesign (in hardcover, no less), from covers to trim size and page design, in an apparent attempt to market the books to a crossover audience. [Review covers these titles: Extras, Pretties, Specials, and Uglies.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #6)
Westerfeld begins this new entry in his Uglies series afresh -- with a new protagonist, Aya, who's an "extra" (face rank stuck in the mid-400,000s) in a city run on a "reputation economy." If Aya can win fame as a "kicker," reporting with her trusty hovercam on a story that captures the city's imagination, her face rank will soar and she might begin to match the wealth and acclaim of her renowned older brother. But things get complicated when Aya's big lead, a clique that courts death to surf the mag-lev trains, uncovers a potential city-killing weapon -- and even more complicated when Aya and her friends are kidnapped by the inhuman creatures who created it. That's when the legendary Tally Youngblood (Uglies; Pretties, rev. 11/05; Specials, rev. 9/06) steps in. As in So Yesterday (rev. 1/05), Westerfeld shows he has a finger on the pulse of our reputation economy, alchemizing the cult of celebrity, advertising's constant competition for consumer attention, and social networking technology like MySpace into a post-apocalyptic Japanese atopia that will engage gear-heads and philosophers alike. High-speed hoverboard chases and a wealth of cutting-edge wizardry such as nanos and smart matter keep the action popping, taking us on a thrilling joyride through Westerfeld's futuristic, technology-rich imagination. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 September #3)
Extras wraps up Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. In this fourth outing, life has become an enormous digital reality show-a constant competition for attention and fame; against this backdrop, an unpopular 15-year-old "extra" stumbles upon an under-the-radar group called the Sly Girls and risks a perilous path to celebrity. (Simon Pulse, $16.99 432p ages 12-up ISBN 9781-4169-5117-9; Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 January)

Gr 7 Up— Westerfeld delivers another page-turner in the fourth book of his series, neatly tying previous narrative threads together with characters from former novels but allowing readers to enjoy this one with no prior knowledge of earlier books. In a society based on "face" (a social ranking), a 15-year-old "ugly" longs to be famous. With atypical teenage angst, Aya Fuse hatches a plan to "kick" herself into the top thousand most famous people. As she researches the Sly Girls who she saw riding the mag-lev on hoverboards, she stumbles into a much larger story involving city-killing missiles and strange nonhuman beings. Teens will find themselves drawn to Aya, who soon discovers, through her own experiences, that fame isn't everything and popularity comes with negatives that she hadn't before considered.—June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

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