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Publisher's Summary

Flash Fire is the explosive sequel to The Extraordinaries by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author TJ Klune!

Through bravery, charm, and an alarming amount of enthusiasm, Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams. Now instead of just writing stories about him, Nick actually gets to kiss him. On the mouth. A lot. But having a superhero boyfriend isn’t everything Nick thought it would be - he’s still struggling to make peace with his own lack of extraordinary powers.

When new Extraordinaries begin arriving in Nova City - siblings who can manipulate smoke and ice, a mysterious hero who can move objects with their mind, and a drag queen superhero with the best name and the most-sequined costume anyone has ever had- it’s up to Nick and his friends Seth, Gibby, and Jazz to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous.

And new Extraordinaries aren’t the only things coming to light. Long-held secrets and neglected truths are surfacing that challenge everything Nick knows about justice, family, and being extraordinary. Which is a lot to handle when Nick really just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.

Will it all come together in the end or will it all go down in flames?

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Teen

©2021 TJ Klune (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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TJ has better works. Micheal Lesley great again!

Michael Lesley was amazing once again. His ability to tell a story and bring the written word to life is stunning to the point you forget it's just him doing all the narration.

Like the first book this one is a bit slow till the end. Though this book you could skip to chapter 11 without missing anything or taking away from the story. TJ Klune has a gift for telling a simple story in an entertaining way. Unfortunately, his keep it simple style worked against his desire to pull in relevant cultural topics that are anything but simple. His desire to bring to lite injustice by the hands of the police felt forced and a hinsight thought that was poorly squeezed into the book every few chapters. It was a complete 180 from his last book for some of his characters to suddenly hate police and there was no character development to justify any of his other characters having a disdain for them. So it felt odd to have all his characters, who weren't the villains, bash the police over and over. Even the police officers who we were supposed to like hated themselves for being police and accused all their coworkers of being evil. IDK. it came off as TJ lazily injecting current events to be a pseudo "ally" of who he thinks his audience is, to being a toned down version of Firestar, his reporter vilian. I would suggest if you want to bring up an importaint issue more than a passing jab to put some research into it and have some character development so it betters your story and doesn't come off as a soft Twitter rant.

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FANTASTIC NARRATOR!!!

SO glad I went with the audiobook version!!! Michael is absolutely perfect for this book. He also seemed to be really enjoying himself, which made it even more fun to listen to.

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wow love

now I'll just be sitting here anxiously awaiting the 3rd Book omg!!!! I loved the 1st book and the 2nd was even better! also never change the narrator, Michael Lesley did an amazing job once again with the characters and their different personalities!!

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omfggggggggggggggg

Fantastic sequel! the ending has left me with my mouth wide open. I'm shook to the core! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

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A Klune Classic

If you've read/listened to Klune's other works this story will feel familiar. As usual the story revolves around queer characters and just a general theme of "acceptance". All comers are welcome. There is even a shoutout to furries 👍. I'm very grateful to see fiction getting queer characters.

This story doesn't feature sex or moments of intimacy in general as much as Klune's other works do. There are hot and heavy moments but they're consistently interrupted.

By the end things had become entirely too predictable as there is a pattern in where things get interrupted and how plot twists develop. It hits pretty much all of the heroic story tropes. Tons of Deus ex machina moments where something "conveniently" happens.

That being said this might be Klune's most interesting set of characters. So storywise we've gone one step back and characterwise we've gone one step forward.

As for Michael Leslie..they've nailed Klune's narrative voice. It feels like the characters are very much brought to life as they were imagined. Some of Leslie's past work with Klune has had a few hits and misses with characters but this one feels spot-on.

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Predictable but enjoyable. If you like Klune's other works or stories with queer characters in general you'll like this. Avid fantasy readers might get frustrated by the triteness. Overall recommended.

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Enjoyable but with caveats

I loved the first book and came into the second book with some trepidation and I was right. This was a very fun book to listen to although I think the author is a bit too… much. My main gripe is the social justice elemants. Im glad police brutality was brought up but the demonization of Aaron Bell just for being a cop and the blatant expectation of Nick to be this all knowing kid and

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Klune does it again.

An amazing story writer, Klune gives you characters you can not avoid investing in. Narration is equally superb. I can not wait to share this with my other nerdy fantasy reader friends.

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Better and better!

I thought I loved the first book, but this one? Whoa. I laughed, I cried a little, and I couldn’t stop listening. Lost hours of sleep but it was so worth it.

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Help. I need more.

A fantastic follow up to the first book!
Once again we join Nick and his friends as they navigate life, love, and the daunting reality of extraordinaries and those who would use power to do evil things. A masterfully written love note to every queer kid who has dreamed of doing things only seen in movies, Flash Fire is a must!

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awesome book 2!

As always great book. Now we must wait for the next book. I hope it's not long in coming.