The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
The Extraordinaries #1
YA Superhero Fantasy
Tor Teen | July 14, 2020
My first thought upon completion:
Damn, TJ can write!
I admit, it was a little odd to read TJ’s snark and humor minus the curse words and lewd jokes. At first, The Extraordinaries felt slightly watered down, but just like any other Klune book I quickly invested in the life of Nicky.
Friendships, relationships, comedy… all the best parts of a story were included. We also got a fantastic, swoony, romantic young adult love story. Seth and Nicky were so goals, both as friends and as more. The patience in Seth, and the cluelessness in Nicky are two of my favorite tropes because they both lack an overwhelming angst. I’m not talking about drama either, because there was plenty of drama.
In fact, there were so many threads going on in The Extraordinaries, it felt like a full and well-rounded story. It wasn’t only about Nicky, Seth, and the superheroes. There was also a thread between Nicky and his father. There was drama between Seth and Owen… everywhere I looked there was another story with this story.
It gives me such hope for the trilogy overall.
And the cliffhanger was perfection. It left me eager for the next book, but without feeling like I’m hanging on a precipice. It didn’t feel mean, instead it felt like the best kind of foreshadowing.
It was a really good book by a really amazing author. I only wished I hadn’t been able to guess where The Extraordinaries was going to go. I figured out almost all of the reveals far before they happened, and I would have liked to be more surprised. Luckily I don’t read this author for the shock value. I read him for his heart.
The Extraordinaries had a beautiful heart.