Title: Flash Fire
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: The Extraordinaries #2
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Length: 13 hours (374 pages)
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Recommended for fans of: lgbtq+ romance, superheroes
Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.
I love this series so much because it’s so much more than a typical superhero story! It’s so earnest and authentic in the way it addresses everyday teen issues like ADHD, lgbtq identify, race, police corruption, friendships, and family dynamics. It feels more like contemporary YA than science fiction despite the fantastical elements of the story, so I personally classify the genre as “contemporary superhero.”
Nick is SO FUNNY, but while this book often had me laughing, it’s also super emotional. I thought the first book in the series was a bit too predictable, but this one took me by surprise. Some twists I saw coming, but some I DEFINITELY DID NOT. That ending. Omg. I need book 3 NOW, please.
Also, I highly recommend the audiobooks for this series! Michael Lesley’s narration is spot on, I truly feel like I am inside Nick’s head.