Extras

Nominated for the 2007 Fantasy/Science Fiction Cybil.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Aya is desperate for fame and attention, but she is just the 15-year-old younger sister of the famous Hiro.  In a society built entirely on feeds and online reputation, Aya seeks the perfect story to kick that will bring her immediate fame.  She finds it in the Sly Girls, a gang of girls who shun the reputation economy and refuse to seek the limelight.  The group do danger stunts like surfing trains, and Aya finds herself invited into the gang.  It is on one of their surfing stunts that Aya discovers a story far bigger than the Sly Girls.  One that is infinitely kickable.

Westerfeld has done it again with this fourth book in the Uglies Trilogy.  He has again created a fascinating society that carries part of our current society to an extreme.  In Extras it is the MySpace, Facebook factor that we see revealed before us.  Westerfeld does this with dynamic action, fascinating complications and reaches far beyond a dystopian look at an extreme society. 
Westerfeld excels at not only society building, but creating heroines who are flawed and human but at the same time wildly exceptional.  Aya is exactly that type of heroine, and will be a welcome addition to any list of strong females in science fiction.

Highly recommended for lovers of the trilogy, this book has to be read as fourth in a series.  The exceptional cover will have teens grabbing it off the shelf and then desperately returning for the first three novels.