Title: The Extraordinaries
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: The Extraordinaries #1
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Length: 13 hours (405 pages)
Publisher: Tor Teen; Macmillan Audio
Release Date: July 14, 2020
Source: Libro.fm influencer ALC program
Recommended for fans of: superheroes, Renegades, YA contemporary
Content Warnings: dead parents, drug use, ableism
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.
Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?
After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.
I really enjoyed this book. It felt like a YA contemporary lgbtq romance, but it also had the sci-fi/superhero element. IT GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS! T.J. Klune really knows how to tug on a reader’s heartstrings.
I loved Nick’s personality and enthusiasm for the Extraordinaries and his fanfiction. Klune did a fantastic job realistically representing Nick’s ADHD. I really loved how this is a superhero story, but it stays grounded because the main character doesn’t have powers. Instead, the story focuses on Nick’s teenage experiences, relationships, and emotions.
I docked a star off my rating because at times I found the story frustratingly predictable, but overall I really enjoyed this world and its characters, and I can’t wait to see how my predictions for the sequel pan out. I also have to say that the narrator was fantastic and I highly recommend the audiobook. And I would love for this book to get a graphic novel adaptation. I don’t think every superhero story has to be told in the comic format, but this story would translate so well to that medium!
Thank you to libro.fm and publisher for the complimentary ALC.