Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Aya is young teen trying to find her place in the world left over after Tally Youngblood destroy the specials control of the planet. In her town popularity is everything. Popularity rankings get you bigger houses, nicer clothes, and tons of influence. Aya tries to imitate her older brother and “kick” important news stories in order to get popular. She hooks up with a clique called the sly girls, while secretly planning to kick their story and become famous. These girls hate popularity and go on adventures out in the woods. They do anything to get a high, like surf on the top of high-speed trains and parachute from the sky. Then one night the girls discover an arsenal full of metal rounds in it. Aya has discovered the story of the century! A story that even gets Tally Youngblood involved.
I liked this book even more than I liked specials. I was really worried about not liking the fact that main viewpoint character had changed, but now I think it probably should have been done. It was wonderful to get a fresh young perspective on this new world and all the technology happenings. For better or worse, the fact that Tally is a Special make her a less empathetic character. It was nice to see her in this book along with the old crew. This story takes place in a different place than the last book. It is placed in some kind of futuristic Japanese society, which adds a whole new flavor to the slang and dialogue of the story, which has always been one of my favorite parts. This book does not disappoint. Go read it!