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In Nova City, there are extraordinary people, capable of feats that defy the imagination. Shadow Star protects the city and manipulates darkness, and Pyro Storm is determined to bring the city to its knees using his power over fire.

And then there's Nick, who...well, being the most popular fan-fiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

Instead of fighting crime, Nick contends with a new year at school, a father who doesn't trust him and a best friend named Seth, who may or may not be the love of Nick's short, uneventful life.

It should be enough. But 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 Seth's reluctant help....

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart in TJ Klune's YA debut: a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

©2020 T J Klune (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Daisy
  • 12-23-20

Simply sublime

I want Michael Lesley to narrate my life.
After finishing the Tales or Verania series I came straight on to this. This isn't as enthralling, but as a 44 year old woman I am hardly the target audience. But like all of TJ Klune books this one is so full of heart, warmth and humour that it is adorable. I only found TJ recently and have devoured his books, rarely have I been so touched by an author. Finishing his stories is always an awful wrench; so deeply do they pull you in. House in the Cerulean Sea left me gobsmacked for days, sublime literature.

Michael Lesley's performance is just perfect. And it is a 'performance', he's not simply reading the story to you - he's the first narrator that has ever made me bawl like baby.

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  • Cazzi-Jane
  • 04-08-21

Hilariously Brilliant!

T.J. Klune is up there in my top three authors, this book is so funny, laugh out loud, giggling funny, so much so I had to pause the book so I wouldn’t miss any of it whilst laughing. I’m not going to lie, the young adult theme made me slightly hesitant of starting this listen but I needn’t of worried, this is definitely worth a listen. I guarantee laughs!

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  • Maxie Gee
  • 03-28-21

I'm Shook™

Bought this book on a whim when it was suggested by audible (I'd been looking for a sci-fi LGBT+ lead book, so it was perfect), and oh my gosh. The plot was very clever - I'm the type that always tries to figure stories out when I read them, and it can really ruin some more predictable books - and about half way through I thought I had that here, but nope! The plot twists! And if I did figure something out, it felt a lot more like cleverly placed clues than lazy writing. The voice acting was really fun and clever - big kudos to the VA! And I can honestly say I loved every single character - they were all so lovable and enjoyable (other than one particular irritating news reporter, of course ahahaha).

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  • J. Alchemist
  • 02-23-21

Definitely a surprise hit

Normally I avoid titles less than 24 hours long and only picked this up because it was on offer. I am thrilled that I did. The author doesn't shy away from mocking the superhero trope and it is this self awareness that makes it so hilarious.

The fact that characters are LGBT is handled well. Young teens struggling with their sexuality will find it thrilling to see themselves represented so well and being loved for who they are.

I will definitely get the next title.

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  • Angell
  • 02-22-21

OMG Loved the Comedy

This being my first foray into TJ Klune, I loved the comedy in this book. I chose the book on a whim looking for a science fiction kick however, it turned out to be more of a LGBTQ love story with a science fiction flavour.

My compliments to Michael Lesley for the excellent rendition.

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  • Ellison Burke
  • 11-11-20

Amazing

Honestly, best book I've ever read/listened to.
The story was rly engaging, the references to fandom/fanfic delightful, the humor well... hilarious and the performance of the narrator just... *chef kiss*

Also the representation was so refreshing and I loved it.
(rly hope theres a part 2)

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 10-18-20

Totally Amazing

Though this is a teen/young adult novel, I strongly recommend this book for any age. Both author and narrator are extremely talented and the story has some interesting plot twists.

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  • Ruano
  • 10-16-20

really fun

this story is really well written, with great narration but the second-hand cringe when talking about fanfics?? killed me dead

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  • Bookworm
  • 10-16-20

Wow another TJ masterpiece

Laugh, cry, guffaw, everything you would expect from a TJ Klune book. Characters were well developed and humourlessly moved the story along with witty repertoire and insightful comments. Would recommend as a YA or adult book. Good fun for all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-20

Extra fun

Absolutely spellbound by this book. Every character just going along with the chaos and mayhem is a joy to read. Can't wait for next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-21

Loved it

I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait to read more from this author

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  • Alan
  • 09-01-20

Not my favourite TJ Klune book

Nick has a huge crush on the extraordinary (superhero) known as Shadow Star, and is obsessed with the ongoing fight with his arch nemesis, Pyro Storm. If only Nick could become an extraordinary himself, he might just get Shadow Storm to notice him. There was a lot to like about this, but ultimately it just didn’t work for me. There was plenty of teen humour, snarky comebacks, superhero action, and a lot of depth in Nick’s character. However, the book spends all its time in Nick’s head and we barely get to know Nick’s best friend, Seth, or his ex-boyfriend, Owen. The dealbreaker for me was that Nick is portrayed as so absolutely clueless about so many things that he is ridiculously naive and gullible - he couldn’t see who had a crush on him, couldn’t spot the obvious patterns that would reveal the secret identities of the extraordinaries, and even believed lies about ghosts. I understand the controversy about police brutality given #blacklivesmatter, and maybe that aspect of Nick’s dad backstory should be rewritten. 🎧 I have a love / hate relationship with Michael Lesley. On the one hand, his breeziness enhances a lot of the humorous dialogue; on the other, it can sound like he’s rushing lines or just doesn’t care.

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  • Kelly
  • 07-28-20

Great Performance by Michael Lesley

I'm really glad I went with the audio version for The Extraordinaries, Michael Lesley does such a wonderful performance with all the characters in this story, especially Nicky. I smiled every time he performed the lines...."Nicky, no." "Nicky, yes!"........This book was packed with all of the feels, and was enjoyable from start to finish.

I love Nick - he's so adorably clueless with regards to his bestie Seth. He has a major obsession with the Extraordinaries, in particular Shadow Star, and a fantastic circle of close friends. I enjoyed the way this story played out, I've learnt to expect the unexpected with this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-20

Classic TJ but not the best one

I have 9 books in total from TJ Klune. One of my favourite authors.

This one was fun to listen to but I think it was it the weakest one BUT WAIT hear me out.

It's definitely one that'll touch your inner childhood nerd. Coming of age romance, the sexy bad kid you can't but fall in love with and of course TJ's camp humour. For sure, TJ knew what he was doing, however if you've read his Green Creek series or Tales From Verania you'll see where TJ's strength lies.

Michael Lesley is one of best out there, however I don't think he gave too much personality to some of the characters in this one. Still, I never tire of his voice and delivery.

Overall it was good but not great.

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  • Ev
  • 07-19-20

Awesomeness

This was so fun to listen to. The character are so enjoyable and adorable. I laughed so much through this narration. Mooooar please! T. J KLUNE is the best.