Author: Scott Westerfeld
Published: October 2007
Description: 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 that's just until she gets to 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.
I Give This Book 4 Stars!
I wasn't sure of an add on book to a trilogy. Especially when I didn't think the third books was all that great. But, the included chapter at the end of Specials had me intrigued. I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up liking this way more than the last. Aya was a refreshing change from Tally. I even understood her desire to be famous. But, along the way she found what was important and the fame was just a side effect. I also enjoyed having Tally included in the story as a side character. It was interesting to see how she's still struggling with herself. I wasn't expecting the ending to go the way it did. But, now the story can end and I don't think there is much to continue on from.