Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart in The Extraordinaries, a hilarious and heartfelt gay coming-of-age novel by TJ Klune, a talented new voice to YA
In Nova City, there are people capable of feats that defy the imagination. They’re called Extraordinaries. There is Shadow Star and his arch-nemesis is Pyro Storm. And then there’s sixteen-year-old Nicholas Bell, who isn’t extraordinary in the slightest. He’s Shadow Star’s number one fan, writing fan fiction of their adventures together and dreaming of a day where he too dons a costume and fights crime. Too bad ADHD isn’t a superpower, otherwise Nick would be golden.
Instead of stopping villains and their convoluted schemes of global domination, Nick must contend with starting his junior year, a father who doesn’t trust him, and a best friend named Seth, who may or may not be the love of Nick’s ordinary, uneventful life. It should be enough.
And it is... until a fateful encounter with Shadow Star forces Nick to realize his true destiny. Because he’s tired of being ordinary, and he’ll do whatever it takes to become something more.
Travis “TJ” Klune is the author of The Extraordinaries (Tor Teen) and The House in the Cerulean Sea (Tor). Being queer himself, TJ believes it’s important - now more than ever - to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories. The Extraordinaries is TJ Klune's YA debut.
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid-he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video-game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that's okay, because he's ... (more)