The Extraordinaries

by TJ Klune | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 9781250203663 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/15/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, May 15, 2022
I got this softcover at Toadstool Books in Nashua. (It's by the author of the "Tales from Verania" series, including Fairytales from Verania.)

Later: I really enjoyed this one, which I devoutly hope is adapted for the screen - the mix of zippy banter, impressively close family and friends, and some pretty serious discussion as to why having superpowers might not be all it's cracked up to be is very entertaining.

Nick, a gay teen, has a crush on the city's leading Extraordinary (aka superhero) Shadow Star - about whom he also writes lavish fan-fics - while juggling his friendships and his latest ADHD meds. It's clear early on that our hero is blithely ignoring a perfect love-interest who's right at hand, in favor of the enigmatic masked vigilante; indeed, Nick's friends all seem to be aware of this as well, though for various reasons they've opted not to point it out to him. (Probably for the best.) His best friend Seth, whom he befriended when Seth was a lonely, pudgy little kid sitting on the swings by himself, tries to support Nick while juggling his own problems. And Nick's ex, Owen, keeps hanging around being flirty and teasing and obnoxious - why is there always one like that?

Nick's coping with more than this, as it happens. His mother was killed tragically when he was just a kid, and his father's been doing his best to raise Nick since then, but he's a police officer and is often on call, so Nick's used to being on his own. But when Nick has a close-up encounter with Shadow Star, who saves him from an attempted mugging in an alley, he's convinced that he's destined to be with the hunky hero... or is he?

Turns out the whole question of what it means to be a superhero - and who's actually the hero and who the villain - is messier than Nick thought, and while the reader will probably pick up on the truth well before Nick does (I think the author set it up that way so we can feel all proud of ourselves {wry grin}), he does eventually learn the truth. Lots of truths, not all of them comfortable, or safe...

I really enjoyed this one, whether laughing out loud or sniffling in sympathy - or mentally yelling at Nick to figure it out already. Great fun!

The story continues with Flash Fire.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Released 1 mo ago (6/25/2022 UTC) at Park Bench (See Release Notes For Details) in Andover, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book on a bench near the gazebo in the park at Chestnut and Whittier, where they're setting up for today's Pride celebration. Hope someone enjoys the book!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

** Released for the 2022 Allergic to A challenge. **

*** Released for the 2022 June Pride LGBTQ+ challenge. **

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