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by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Uglies (4)

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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.

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I understand what the author is going for, but the language used in this book drove me up a wall. It was not pleasant to read. He should have stopped at the third book and I would have been content. As it is, I did not enjoy this read, but I kept with it because I had hope that it would get better.

The characters are weak, the plot felt like it was reaching, and the details were vague. I am intrigued by the idea of the story; how to deal with humanity that is reverting back to taking over the environment and has no boundaries.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend this book. It fell flat and I am disappointed with it. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
With the approach of the Uglies Netflix movie getting closer I thought it was time to return to that particular universe with this add-on book to the original trilogy. We start in a new city and with a new set of characters, although some familiar faces make their appearance later in the book. Aya Fuse lives in a city where reputation is everything and video-blogging is a way to get massive recognition and credits. Aya has filmed what she thinks are some good stories but so far nothing has gone viral and hit the big time. Her face rank is a lowly 451,369 and to compete with her successful older brother, Hiro, Aya will need to break the top 1,000 like he’s just done. Luckily for her she has uncovered what could be the scoop of the century by stumbling on a clique who pull dangerous stunts in total anonymity. Can she infiltrate the Sly Girls, get footage and break the story? And if she does will Aya be ready for what follows if she becomes famous and leaves the Extras life behind?

It’s interesting to take a look at a different part of the Uglies universe and the after-effects of what happened in the previous book in the series. Introducing it through a new character’s eyes was also the right way for the author to go. Unfortunately it seems to have left a lot of the excitement of previous books behind even though Aya’s adventures take her on some very unexpected pathways. It just feels like a step towards a younger audience than even the original trilogy had. Half-formed basic characters bounce from one encounter to the next and even when those we’ve met previously do show up they are almost unrecognisable from their previous incarnations. I now have serious doubts of continuing to the new trilogy. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jan 25, 2022 |
Interesting both to see the aftermath of the previous book, and get a look at a different culture within the same universe. The plot was a little convoluted tho. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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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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.”
added by Aerrin99 | editNew 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.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Sep 30, 2007)

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Gordon, RussellCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaskoll, YaffaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montbertrand, CarineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Part I: Watch This

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.

- Tally Youngblood
To everyone who wrote to me to reveal the secret definition of the word "trilogy."
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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.

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A few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime, a cultural renaissance sweeps the world. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. Popularity rules, and everyone craves fame.

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is no exception. But Aya’s face rank is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. Her only chance at stardom is to kick a wild and unexpected story.

Then she stumbles upon a big secret. Aya knows she is on the cusp of celebrity. But the information she is about to disclose will change both her fate…and that of the brave new world
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