Hit-and-Miss Sep 8, 2012
If I?m perfectly honest, this book was a bit of a disappointment compared to the rest of the Uglies series (okay, maybe it was more than just a bit). It lives up to its title as being just an ?extra?, that?s for sure, with not just one, but a whole group of whiny, wimpy characters that go through a plot that feels like its been made up in about five minutes. I began reading with high hopes, and for a while it seemed as if my expectations would be fulfilled?but no. The protagonist was stubbornly cringe-inducing through the entire book, and deserves a medal for managing to adamantly remain a childish, shallow brat till the very end.
I guess she can be commended for not doing things halfway. Still, it?s sad to realize that all the small, insignificant, background characters are livelier and more interesting than the protagonist is.
The appearance of Tally Youngblood, the protagonist for the previous books, is delayed far too long, and seems more of an accident or afterthought of the author when she finally emerges. Her strong and independent attitude that she gained at the end of Specials has become strangely warped and over-exaggerated in Extras, making her act like a PMS-ing, bipolar teenager whose greatest challenge in life was deciding just how much of a drama queen she was going to be in this book.
I understand what Scott Westerfeld was aiming for with Extras, but he just fell short.