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Monday, June 14, 2010

Audiobook Review: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras {Unabridged} {Cd}

Reading level: Young Adult
Age of Main Character: 15
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416971211
ISBN-13: 978-1416971214

It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.

As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.

Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.

Since June is Audiobook month and yesterday I "Vlogged" about Audiobooks (check it out here), I thought I would do a review on a book that I listened to on Audiobook.  I listened to Extras a couple of weeks ago, and I enjoyed it a lot.  When I first started doing book reviews, one of the first series I read was the Uglies/Pretties/Specials series.....I had no idea there was another book in the series!  Am I the only one?  

I'm kind of glad that I didn't know right away about this book, because, even though I really loved Uglies and Pretties, by the time I got to Specials (reading them back to back) I just got really sick of the series.  It seemed like the same thing was happening over and over again and I just got tired of reading the books.  So, I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this audiobook, and honestly, I got it on audiobook because I was afraid I'd be bored reading it...haha!  However!  I'm happy to say that I liked it a lot!  

Extras was just different enough from the first three books that I felt like it was a new story, but it still had some of the elements that I loved so much from the first books.  Following the life and thoughts of Aya was completely different than following Tally.  Aya was timid and naive and sometimes annoying with her constant desire to be be someone.  But even when she was annoying, I still loved her.  She wanted a story, and she wasn't afraid to risk life and limb, or even friendships to get it.  As a matter of fact, it reminded me a lot of how the world is today....although an extreme version of it.  How people broadcast their every move on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.  Constantly wanting to have the best story, or most interesting life, and wanting everyone to know it.  (Yeah, those are links to my FB/Twitter/Youtube you can follow my every move :))

Since I did listen to this on audiobook, I'll also talk about the reader, Carine Montbertrand.  I thought she did a fantastic job reading this book!  Although some of her deep voices were a little weird, I felt her voice for Aya was perfect!  I'm pretty picky when it comes to audiobook readers, too!  (After Jim Dale, how can I not be?)  So, if you have the opportunity, I would definitely recommend listening to this.  It's also a clean book, so you don't have to worry about the kiddos hearing anything you don't like!  Check your local library, chances are they'll have it!

4.5 out of 6

You may want to know:  There is no language or sexual content in this book.  There is a small amount of violence.  For more details go to Extras on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. Awesome review ! My friend keeps trying to get me to read this series, but I'm still not sure whether or not I want to...


  2. I keep meaning to read this book but still haven't had the heart to after finish the Uglies series. I'm glad to heard it's a good read though, maybe I'll also listen to the audio book version. ;D Wonderful review, I love how Anya sounds, I can't wait to finally read this book this summer~

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  4. Hey, all! Thanks for your comments!! I really enjoyed this series, it was different than any other book I'd read. If you do read them, though, I'd recommend pausing between the books and coming back to the next one later. I read them back-to-back and got sick of them by the third book. But it's a really good story (dystopian) overall!

  5. I haven't gone through your blog enough to see if you've read The Book Thief. It's marketed YA but our book club agreed that it didn't feel like YA.

    It is a fabulous book though. I mention it here because the audio book is awesome. This guy is probably my second favorite reader, after Jim Dale of course. He's British and his voice is like liquid chocolate.

  6. I haven't read the first books - just don't think I would like them...


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