Pub. Date: October 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Prettytime is over, ended by the thought rain and Tally Youngblood. Extra’s is the story of what comes after. It is Aya Fuse’s story.
The society is ruled by popularity, whoever is the most popular get the best stuff. The other way to get stuff is by merits, doing good things, getting good grades in school etc. Aya is a kicker, trying to increase her ‘facerank’ by ‘kicking’ the best story. She has a semi-sentient hovercam named Moogle that records everything she does and sees. In trying to get a story of a group of girls who avoid popularity, she stumbles on a secret society, the resulting popularity she attains from kicking this story leads to attention from some unusual surge-monkeys and Tally Youngblood. The ending shows that things are not always as the seem to be, one shouldn’t jump to conclusions and you can’t always believe everything you read or see in the media.
Extra’s is a cautionary tale without being preachy. Taking things to an extreme level, makes you think about how your actions affect the world around you. Once again a serious subject is woven into a story that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.