Thanks to Tara-wa’s brilliant cheating in comment #38 of my last post, the entire image has been uncovered:
Yes, this is Aya, the protagonist of Extras. This is the cover shot.
And no, that pattern in her eye is not regular cosmetic surge, because Aya is only 15. It’s something called an “eyescreen,” which allows constant access to the city interface.
Anyway, I’ll be showing the real cover here soon.
Enjoy! And thanks for all the guesses.
In largely unrelated news, there’s an article in NEA Today about the Indiana One Book/One School program for Uglies. You may remember it from this post, and because they made an awesome uglies cake. The article mentions me on page 2, and—ego flare-up warning!—uses the term “rock star.”