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The Extraordinaries

By: T J Klune
Narrated by: Michael Lesley
Series: The Extraordinaries, Book 1, The Extraordinaries, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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  • 19-07-2020

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.

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  • 13-09-2020

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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  • spencear
  • 11-08-2020

Love Nicky

A good mix of coming-of-age romance and superbeing story. Told with enough misdirection that I kicked myself of falling for, so kudos to the author for keeping me invested in this YA adventure. This is the second of T J Klune's works that I have listened too and although enjoyable it didn't have the punch of 'How to be a Normal Person'. This is set up of follow up books, which I hope do well for T J Klune, but I'm a little older the for whom this series is aimed. The narrator Michael Lesley does a great job of bringing the story to life.

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  • A. Listener
  • 06-08-2020

A grower..

Honestly? I really wasn't sure about this story at first. I thought it might have been intended for a younger audience than myself. I was considering just ending it and not listening to the rest. I was wondering why it had so many high marks. I have read other books that I have enjoyed by this author, but I wasn't feeling this one.
But by half way through I was really into it. I even laughed out loud a few times, which is rare for me to do with an audio book.
It's really funny, and charming and entertaining, as long as you don't take it too seriously.

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  • Scotty
  • 24-07-2020

Oh my gods, Nick is Mr Oblivious!

Nick has ADHD, and loves ShadowStorm, Nova City's Extraordinary defender. His best friend Seth beta-reads his fanfic, where Shadowstorm falls for MC 'Nate'. Their friends, and committed couple Gibby and Jazz are the teen lesbian role models all stupid gay teen boys need in their life.

Nick is oblivious. Perhaps to everything. Seth is the loyalest best friend ever, even if Nick is oblivious to that at times.

And nothing is as it seems,

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  • Rachel K
  • 18-07-2020

Fun YA superhero queer romance

The story does drag a little at times but overall it was a fun, cute story. I believe its going to be a trilogy but this book does wrap everything up nicely at the end so no cliffhangers. I'm excited to see where this series go.

The narrator doesn't give each characters their own voice, so I did get a little mixed up with who was speaking, Particularly, the two female friends of the main character. They sounded the same and I got confused as to which character was saying which lines. Other than that, the narration was good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-07-2020

Everything I expected from TJ <br />

Absolutely loved every minute of it. Funny, sad, just what I've come to expect from a TJ book.