extras

I get a lot of fan mail that asks, “Will we ever see Tally again . . . ?”

Well, the answer is now official: yes.

Yes. Yes. Yes!

The book I’m writing at this very moment is called Extras. It’s set in the same future world as the Uglies trilogy. It’s Uglies Book 4, so to speak.

But trilogies only have three books, the pedants among you declare!

Okay, fine. Extras really isn’t the fourth book in the Uglies trilogy. And the Uglies trilogy isn’t actually a tetralogy—or quartet, if you prefer real words in English.

No, the Uglies trilogy is totally a trilogy.

Uglies, Pretties, and Specials are one story, the coming of age of Tally Youngblood. Or, as I half-jokingly refer to it, “The Making of an Eco-Terrorist!” And that story is done.

So what’s Extras? Is it just . . . extra?

Well, no. It’s not just extra, it’s more.

Warning: Mild spoilers begin here, and they’re non-mild if you haven’t read Specials yet.

Extras is set a couple of years after the “mind-rain,” a few earth-shattering months in which the whole world woke up. The cure has spread from city to city, and the pretty regime that kept humanity in a state of bubbleheadedness has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers* have been unleashed upon the world.

Culture is splintering, the cities becoming radically different from each other as each makes its own way into this strange and unpredictable future . . .

It’s Diego times a planet, and it’s a pretty interesting time to be fifteen.

That’s how old my protagonist is. That’s right, Tally Youngblood is not the viewpoint character of Extras! Deal with it. Sometimes one needs new fish to fry.

But will Tally be making a guest appearance? Well, it’s not like she retired at the end of Specials. But maybe I should let her answer:

Be careful with the world, or the next time we meet, it might get ugly.

Heh, heh.

Spoilers end here.

Extras comes out October 2007 from Simon & Schuster.

More later.

*See “Rusties, end of.”

455 thoughts on “extras

  1. I’M SCARED……HOLD ME!
    ONLY 8 DAYS UNTIL MY LIFE IS COMPLETE!
    JK
    DOES SCOTT ACTUALLY READ THESE?
    AND IF HE DOES…..DOES HE REPLY?
    THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SEEK THE ANSWERS TO!

  2. i was wondering if anyone downloaded the extras countdown thing. cuz i did and it wasnt working. help! i want to know exactly how long it will be until the book comes out!
    woot woot!

  3. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i am so happy after i read Extras i want more More MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dont let me down scott add on i tell u add on

  4. WWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OMG im like so totally excited like about this like new book like! This is Totally Frickin Bogus That Like Tally Like Isnt the Like Main Character Like But Its Totally Bulbby-Making That Like There Is Like Another Like Book Coming Out! This Is Like Almost Dizzy-Making!

  5. EXTRAS! 🙂
    i hope all your books turn into a movie,
    a succesful movie, like the harry
    potter books, Scott. =D

  6. aww i love the ending ! Very icy ! It made me cry but i loved it, i really love the romance in the book and how you bring about how the whole city came around. i wondr if thats how the future will be when we live on…ahha well anyways hopefully there’s more Tally, Shay, Peris, David, Maddy, and the other Cutters and Dr.Cable ! Hey keep writing and this book better be turned into a movie !!!

  7. You my gosh!!! I love Tally, she’s the best character ever. I’m sad she’s not gonna be the next main character in e\Extras. I can’t wait for it to come out !!!( By the way, if you check out images for Extras, there’s a sweet cover)

  8. OMFG!!!!!i cant belive there is going to be another book… is it going to be another trilogy…. i hope so. that would be soooo cool and icy!!! love your books…..extras! extras! extras!!!

  9. I’m reading it right now!!!! I have to admit.. I was pretty disappointed at first… it just didn’t seem as excited as Tally’s stories, but I’m in Part three now, and it’s AMAZING!

  10. I’ve read it already-a total shocker at the end. Great job Scott! Can’t wait to read more. hopefully the next one comes out by my birthday (febuary). I’m so excited!!!!!!!!

  11. if only the series would continue. Oh well. All yuor books were great you make a new series that will be good like they are.

  12. a just regestered online to this thing where it emails you every time one of westerfelds books is about to come out. you should all do it it is free. now im three quarters of the way done with the book…… yah!!!………

  13. I just finshed the book like two minutes ago…It was great he better keep the series going. Your books are awesome….

  14. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa, i was so upset when i finished the Specials… but a few days ago i walked into a book store and saw extras!!!!! I am sooooooooooooooo excited to start it!!

  15. umm…Scott…you should totally keep writing this series…Extras was amazing. You have amazing imagination! The futuristic world of the series rocks. Uglies, Pretties, and Specials were amazing and Extras wasn’t a let down…more adventures would totally rock…

  16. Will you ever make another trilogy about Tally evr again? Will you ever bring Zane back into the trilogy. NOW THAT WOULD BE THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Imagine in the next book: Zane is back!1!! Like he came back to life…. OR SOMETHING!PLEASE SCOTT I am dying for TAlly and ZAne to COme back to each other PLEASE!!! THAT COULD BE A WHOLE OTHER NEW TRILOGY!!! A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL DEFINATELY LOVE IT!!!

  17. I can’t believe it. Extras was good and left me wondering if Tally was really evil or not. (I vote no she was just protecting a friend) and if Shay would let her destroy the planet (Shay is my favorite). There NEED to be more books in the seires. I’ve read this one twice in three days. I now am having friends read the books so that I can talk to them about it.

  18. OMG!!! *does happy dance* I just finished Extras but sadly I won’t have it for a while because a friend is borrowing it then another friend has dibs THEN two more friends, *shakes head in dismay* the world of writing is such a confussleing place. Well I NEED another book to come out I really don’t think I can survive without know what happens next, so please Scott *this may sound kinda over dramatic* Please make another one!!! PLEASE!!!! *gets done on knees and begs!!!* PLEAS!!!!!!! O_o

  19. OMG i love this series there is so many questions that i still have like what about the interface rings and i want a mental image of the Pretties Town and the UGliesville. It is the best book. when tally wouldent leave Zane at the end was a sad part i feel so bad for him, lol. SHAY IS CRAZY now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I loved the Uglies, series, so I’m really excited to read Specials. XD My bookclub read Uglies as our book this month, and before the next meeting I’ve finished Pretties and Specials. The ending was so sad!!

    I love Zane, so that made me really sad. But I thought that David would ‘win’ in the end…..Oh, the ending changed my mind. I found myself liking Dr. Cable 😮 TT^TT It was so sad….Next is Extras!! I can’t wait!!

    X3

    Please keep writing your wonderful books. 🙂

    ~Hammi

  21. I jaust got done with specials and i cant wait to read extras…NO ZANE IS DEAD AND TALLY IS NO LONGER THE MAIN CHRACTER!!!!!! but i guess its okay as long as she shows up somwhere..preferable soon….

  22. I walked into a book store that fateful day and I was expecting to but my regular old vampire books. But then, the amazing happened! There was a display for the Uglies Trilogy and on the fourth shelf I saw a book I’d never read before-Extras.

    And that is the story of why I am doing a book report on said book at “this moment”. Don’t tell my parents.

  23. I wish I knew if you are making a next book and I think you are . It would be really great to know the title……

  24. omg. I love the Uglies trilogy. Some of the best books I’v ever read (and trust me, I have read ALOT of books). I’m going to get my mom to drive me to the library soon so I can get Extrs. Then I’ll tell my friend who introduced me to specials 🙂 *dies of excitment*

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