Teens’ Top Ten 2008 Book Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Aya Fuse, fifteen, is tired of being a nobody, so she wants to find a story that can make her an insta-celebrity and propel her face-rank to the top of the feeds. She gets in a little over her head, though, when she follows a secret group of daredevil girls who want to stay (horror of horrors!) unknown. Through some neat tricks of her own, she is asked to join the group, and soon enough Aya is torn between spilling the story to get famous and keeping the group’s secret. But that secret is nothing compared to what Aya eventually uncovers, which could spell disaster for the whole world! The highest face-rank of them all – Tally Youngblood – comes out of hiding, but she might be too late to save Aya.

This book throws you right into Aya’s world and you can’t help pulling for her, to be famous and to be safe. Part of the Uglies series, it’s also great to see how the world has evolved a few years after Tally’s daring deeds of a few years past.

Extras is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.


Reviewed by Kathleen from East Regional Library.

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