43. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

            This fourth YA-level installment in Westerfeld’s futuristic installment begins with Aya.  She is a fifteen-year-old “Ugly” who is struggling to fit in the post “mind-rain” era.  In her Japanese city, many have experimented to become “tech-heads”, “kickers”, and “surge monkeys”.  Much of these motivations of these experiments are to climb ranks.  Aya is stuck at 451,369.  She dreams of reaching the top thousand, where privilege is the norm and she will be famous to all.  To do this, though, she needs to “kick” a great story.  When she meets the Sly Girls things begin to look up.  But has she gotten more than she bargained for and what principles will she bend to in her search for famedom?

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