The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: July 14th, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Romance, Superheroes, Family, Death
I started this book in May and only went back to it a few days ago to finally finish it. Usually, when I put a book aside for months, it takes me some time to remember the characters’ names and how they all connect to the story. But in this case, it felt like I had just left them. That’s how memorable they are. What I like about the cast most is that it isn’t large, and yet it’s enough. Everyone has their place and really claims that place.
In Nick Bell’s world, there are Extraordinaries who have powers common folks like him don’t. They save the city or, in the case of villains, create unnecessary havoc and fight with heroes. Nick is in awe of one particular Extraordinary named Shadow Star, so much that he’s even writing fan-fiction about the two of them falling helplessly in love. But Nick’s life is about to get stranger than fan-fiction.
If you’ve read this author before, you know that his stories are detailed, well-plotted and full of witty dialog. They may not be realistic in the common sense of the word, but they do amazingly FEEL realistic. Nick doesn’t take himself seriously, and yet he often is in very serious situations that are not believable but that, as a reader who enjoys losing herself in fantasy worlds, I wanted to completely believe in. It’s more predictable than not, but that’s surprisingly part of its charm. I’m excited for more!
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