Mind Rain Is Out!

I forgot to mention that Mind-Rain is out! Yes, a few of you commenters have already found it in various stores. If you can’t find it, just ask for it by name!

I was reminded by this contest to win the book on contributor Janette Rallison’s blog.


Anyway, it was lots of fun working on it.

Click here to learn more about the collection.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Here’s a brief description:

In Extras, the last book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, Aya tells us that when Tally Youngblood made the mind-rain fall, it cured all the pretties and changed the world forever. But Tally and her friends did more than change their world; they changed ours too.

Mind-Rain continues what Tally started, with startling, funny and insightful essays on the world, characters and ideas of the Uglies series, plus the short story that inspired Westerfeld to write the books in the first place.

Think you know everything about Tally’s world? After Mind-Rain, you’ll never look at the Uglies series the same way again.

With essays by Lili Wilkinson, Robin Wasserman, Diana Peterfreund, Sarah Beth Durst, Gail Sidonie Sobat, Rosemary Clement-Moore, J. Fitzgerald McCurdy, Janette Rallison, Linda Gerber, Charles Beaumont, Ted Chiang, Will Shetterly, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Delia Sherman.

You can pre-order the book from Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and of course Indie Bound.

93 thoughts on “Mind Rain Is Out!

  1. we get out the 19th…only 7 and a half days left!!!!!!1!
    i love shay, and hate tally, and love zane, and hate david, and love cable, but hate maddy, i know im wierd! but it IS tally and maddy’s fault that Zane died!!!!! im glad that robin wasserman sees the real tally for who she is, and she loves shay just as much as i do! i also agree with the one about teens ruling the world and slang… i NEED to go to borders and get mind rain and skinned, but my mom is obsessed about this bookstore that doesn’t carry NORMAL books, so she won’t take me to borders and they dont have it at this bookstore. but maybe my dad will take me this weekend, cept i think im broke and unless it’s school related, he won’t pay for it! DARN!

  2. sorry i mean Dr.Cable. ps i love all american rejects! i can play gives you hell on my guitar!

  3. Pony-la: LUCKY!!! do u kno where to get the sheet music?

    omg, like AAR is touring, but they come to California on a WEDNESDAY!!!, which is a skool day in september!!!!!! i will skip tests to go to that concert, including the CSTs, which luckily r not in sep.. i think my mom will let me go tho, as an early bday present. but wat if she doesnt? sobs loudly.
    has anyone actually been to one of their concerts? cuz i saw them perform live on youtube, and the lead singer is funny. wow im really off topic

    hmm, i better say something uglies related, or scott might kick me off the blog lol. do u think scott listens to AAR? i need to go to the bookstore but my moms like no im too tired and i dont feel like it. o well…we hav to go one day…in like july, probably…

  4. Man, I want to comment but I have no idea what to say! Well, I guess… oh, I don’t know! Hehe, I’m just bored. Nothin to do for once, and my homeschooled friend isn’t done with her school yet because she skipped a couple weeks when she had guests over and such… you know, I’m going to ask if I can go to Books-A-Million, or BAM, as my mom calls it (Lol)… Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million are the only bookstores I’ve been to. I wonder what Borders is like… lol

  5. Ooh, I know what I’m going to do! I’m going to download the pictures I took on the digital camera on the computer and post them on my blog… after I work on the kids newsletter for my neighborhood… yup, now I have stuff to do! Yay!

  6. Just picked it up 🙂

    Loved Skinned, and Wasserman’s writing in this is just as good and pretty funny too. I do think that Shay is a heroine and has had a lot of bad luck.

  7. wahoo i finished it last night!! i really liked that documentary thing, it was pretty cool 😀 oh man…. now i have nothing to read…. i was gonna re-read specials and extras but my friends are borrowing them @_@ i hope they r done by friday bc thats when im gonna see them next… oh! i just remembered we’ve got drama camp coming up next week so i can just practice lines and stuff! yay ok peace out!!! 🙂

  8. I didn’t know where to post this comment but I’ve always hoped you would mention translations of your books.
    I recently found out that Uglie’s title in Spanish is “Traición” (Betrayal). After doing some research I was very disappointed. Uglies has been labeled as “romantic YA literature” and compared to the Twilight series. I suppose the book will catch more teenagers’ attention this way but… aren’t they getting the wrong idea? Uglies is not only about romance or friendship, there is so much more to it than the teen soap dilemmas the publishers are trying to sell. I can’t help being a little upset that teenagers are so often underestimated and Spanish publishers avoid presenting them with the idea of a book that will make you think.

    I’d like to know your thoughts on this =D.

  9. Lucia: was “romantic YA literature” the ONLY thing it wz labeled as? thats just so weird. i would say it’s futuristic sci-fi, technology, or something like that.

    this song is stuck in my head and i have to get it out. sry.:
    ‘days swiftly come and go
    im dreaming of her
    shes seeing other guys
    emotions, they stir
    the sun is gone
    the nites r long
    and i am left while the tears fall

    did u think that i would cry
    on the phone?
    do u kno wat it feels like?
    being alone?
    ill find someone new

    swing swing swing
    from the tangles of
    my heart is crushed by a former love
    can u help me find a way to carry on again?

    wish cast into the sky
    im moving on
    sweet beginnings do arise
    she knows i was wrong
    the notes are old
    they bend, they fold,
    and so do i to a new love



    bury me
    u thot ur problems were gone
    carry me
    away, away, away


    i doubt any of u guys read that. lol.
    u kno, for some reason, that song reminds me of how david must feel when tally left him. i hate that part of the book!
    i mean, like, its so sad. ugh. why? why? why? i liked david, but then he got dumped, and zane died. waaaaaaa
    ok, rant over.

  10. That was a lot of comments (I haven’t been on in two days!).

    Riva-la: hmm, could it be All American Rejects? I listened to them for about a week, but they’re not really my thing. I’m more into Muse, MCR, Paramore, Nirvana, and Green Day (their new cd is soooo awesome!). there are more bands, but I don’t feel like listing them all.

    Has anyone else read Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez???

  11. Dahlia-wa: yay! you guessed right. I like Muse, too. Supermassive BLack Hole, awesome song. Does MCR stand 4 something? Yea, i kno im so out of it. I like the old Green Day better, their album American Idiot. wait, y am i giving a musical analysis? cuz im weird. does anyone like Lady Gaga, or Justin Timberlake? Im mostly into alternative now, but used to lov pop. so i hav a lot of pop music in my itunes. dont trust me by 3OH!3 is a very funny song. but im too scared to watch the music video on youtube. its probly not very…yeah. it freaks my mom out wen i sing that song out loud. shes like waaaat? mwahaha. im evil. VV vampire teeth.

  12. MCR stands for My Chemical Romance. I love that song Riva-la!
    3oh!3 is so awesome. I have like a mile long list of bands that I like. Some of my favorites are Panic at the Disco(all time favorite, they’re amazing in concert too. I’ve said this like a zillion times, I know!) Escape the Fate, Mayday Parade, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Hawthorne Heights, Nevershoutnever, MCR, Greenday,
    All Time Low, Alesana, The Devil Wears Prada, The Maine, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Youmeatsix.

    My music taste is very well rounded, lol. I’ll listen to some screamo like The Devil Wears Prada or something like that, then go and listen to Nevershoutnever. One of the most pansy bands ever, and also one of the most amazing. Christofer Drew’s so awesome! I’m not a big fan of Lady GaGa, but dude, some of her songs are just SO freaking catchy, you can’t help but like them! I like Just Dance and Pokerface.

  13. I like Mayday Parade and 30 Seconds to Mars too. Mayday Parade is very similar to We The Kings (another one of my faves), which is, like, the all-male version of Paramore.
    I don’t like pop music. I don’t think I ever really have.
    Does anyone else listen to 10 Years??? I only have four songs by them, but they’re really good. 🙂
    Let’s see, other fave bands are Flyleaf, The Killers, Bullet for My Valentine, Three Days Grace, and Tool. I like Evanescence, but I haven’t listened to them in forever. And I used to like Chevelle, but their last album wasn’t good. I only like their old stuff.
    Oh yeah, I also like Wrong by Depeche Mode (I got it for the soundtrack of my book). 🙂

    The picture of Mind Rain doesn’t show up on this site for me.

  14. I like all of those bands that you said except for Tool and Chevelle, but I haven’t heard of them.

  15. I hadn’t heard of Tool until I got Guitar Hero: World Tour for Christmas. I loved the three songs they have on there, so I decided to get one of their cds (though, the cd I got only had one of the songs from the game. Luckily, the other two songs are on the same cd so I’ll only have to buy one more to have all the game songs). 🙂

  16. omG! awesome cover!!!

    my fave band iz shiny toy guns. they rule… except for the crappy band name…

    ok, so im exaggerating. but only a little. at least they i have netflix, where you can rent all their concerts. but still, to see it live is all the difference…

  18. Riva-la: I’m sorry your dreams were brutally crushed.

    Regarding the Bands: I like pretty much all of the bands listed (some of them I’ve heard of but never listened to like The Devil Wears Prada, Never Shout Never, Bullet for my Valentine) but a lot of people I know like those. What about Death Cab for Cutie? (I like all sorts of music too. if you go to betterpropaganda.com you can download[legally!] some indie bands) 😀 You all sound like cool people, based on your music tastes.


    PS Alex-wa: I plan on reading your blog. and I will! 😀

  19. Lizzy-wa, (assuming your question was directed at me, because a lot of bands have been mentioned) Tool is just rock. You should listen to Vicarious, it’s one of their best songs. 🙂

    Riva-la, that really stinks. I know how that feels (and I’m not just sayign that). When Anthony Horowitz was touring once, there was an event near me, but it got cancelled. I was so sad. 🙁

    I used to like Death Cab, but I stopped listening to them a while ago.

  20. i just got it yesterday and its pretty interesting. Theres a lot of stuff i wondered about but quickly dismissed because i figured “author knows best” but apparently some people were thinking A LOT about the series… [two post its] but its rather enjoyable and i think you might need to clarify with another book there scott-la 😉

  21. I’m reading it now I got it 2 days ago and started yesterday!!! Its fabulous!!! Good job to everyone who worked on it and Robin Wasserman I disagree David is NOT and Asshole!!!!

  22. I just got the book a few days ago and I loved it! It was majorly bubbly to see all the different views on the series.

    Robin Wasserman’s essay has definitely sold me on a Shay-centric book. I was already pretty big on Shay before I read it, but I think it made me like her even more. <3

    I’d also love to see another book like this; there’s still so many things that could be covered.

  23. Hey Scott,
    My names Lori, and I’m a huge fan of yours.
    I love to write, and hope that one day in the future I
    will be as successful as you. Because of your inspiring writing
    I have now finished a piece I have been working on for a LONG time.
    Your writing makes me excited, sad, and bubbly all at the same time.
    I don’t know how you do it, but every book you write is always better than the last. I just wanted you to know that I have been reading your books, and you have steadily grown onto a better author. Also know that you have made me think about our world and not just theirs.
    You fixed my writers block

  24. IS ANYONE ELSE PISSED AT ROBIN WASSERMAN??? i mean yeah, Shay kicks ass, but so do Tally AND David. I love David. And Tally. And Shay. Just because Shay roxx everyone’s soxx doesn’t mean Tally and David have to suck. DAVID IS NOT–I REPEAT NNNOOOTTTTT AN ASSHOLE!!! AND IN SPECIALS WHEN TALLY WAS SAYING THAT SHAY AND DAVID WERE DATING IT WAS JUST CUZ THEY WERE MAKIN FUN OF HER AND SHE NEEDED SOMETHING TO COVER IT UP. words cannot describe how much i want to throw that chapter on the ground, smush it and do a tapdance on it. i mean, i LOOOVEEEEE shay, don’t get me wrong, but does she have to diss everyone else???

  25. i agree with Megan-la Shay is c00l but If tally d0es s0mthing bad t0 her she either d0esn’t have an 0ther 0pti0n 0r she can’t think 0f anything beter and she feels s0rry ab0ut it.

  26. Hello Mr. Scott,
    I’m a fan of yours and I just want to thank you for your great books. They have really helped me with a lot of issues in my life that would have been otherwise hard. Your books totally understood my position, and I knew how your characters felt when the doctors wanted to change them. I learned the hard way that the science of beauty does exist, but your stories helped me be myself. I can now look in the mirror with happiness. I think your a great person with I sense of humor (i follow you on Twitter) Keep writing!
    thanks a ton: Xochitl

  27. the fact that Extras is coming out is totally fawesome because the ending of Specials wasn’t as definite. Also, he’s not continuing with the same characters (main characters, at least) and it takes place in Japan, which opens up a billion new options

  28. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also i have one more qestion. You know at the end of Extras when David and Tally kiss, Do you havea book for that?

  29. OMG!! i am soo happy that you’ve finally made this and it’s out now i need that book so badly i’ve read the uglies series like 10 times . and the cover is soo cool when i first seen it on google images i and to come to your website right away and check and then i was sitting in my chair so excited

  30. OMG OMG OMG, i can’t wait to get it.. i really need money.. i’ll get moey some how, mmmmmmm 😀

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