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Genre : Science-Fiction - Young Adults

American publisher : Simon Pulse : 16,99$

English publisher : Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

Synopsis : "It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those stirct rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. 'Tech-heads' flaunt their latest gadgets, 'kickers' spread gossip and trends, and 'surge monkeys' are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.

As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. Her only chance to escape extra-land is to find a big story to kick - something wild and unexpected.

Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. But the Sly Girls are hiding something bigger - an explosive discovery that may change the face of the brave new world forever. If Aya kicks this story, she'll be propelled into the world of fame, celebrity... and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for."

A passage : " Of course, Aya had learned all about Specials in school.
A long time ago, Tally Youngblood's city had created a special kind of pretty - cruel, ruthless, and deadly, instead of bubblehead. Specials were originally supposed to protect the city, rounding up runaways and keeping order. But gradually they'd become their own secret clique, each generation modifying the next, like weeds growing out of control. Thay had contempt for everyone who wasn't Special, and wanted to keep the whole world under control. Ultimately, they'd taken over their iwn city government and started the Diego War.
Tally and her friends had been Specials too, but a special kind called "Cutters".The Cutters were young and independent, and somehow they'd figured out how to rewire their own brains. They'd rebelled againste the evil leader of the Specials, freed their own city, and saved Diego. Then they'd spread the mind-rain across the globe, ending the Prettytime forever.

I waited too long for this fourth volume in the series, I liked it, but somehow a bit less than the others, maybe because Tally wasn't the main characters, I don't know. I was kind of attached to her now, after following her adventures during three books. But I was glad she was back, even if it was only for a short time. Anyway, I recommend this series to everyone, it's great, and I'm sure you'll like it.