Review: Flash Fire by T.J. Klune

Series: The Extraordinaries #2
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: July 13th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

Flash Fire, written by T.J. Klune, is the second novel in The Extraordinaries #2 series, and oh my god, this series is SO good. I fell in love with the first novel not too long ago, and I was so happy that I could dive right on into the second novel. Now I’m here, waiting on bated breath for the news of the third.

Nick has always been obsessed with Extraordinaries. The events of the last book should have made that clear, as he found himself stuck between two different Extraordinaries in a battle for the city – and his attention.

Now Nick finally has had his dreams come true. Well, some of his dreams. His boyfriend is a superhero, and there are more Extraordinaries in the city than ever before. Unfortunately, that comes with its own set of complications.

“We stand together,” Nick reminded him, “so we don’t have to struggle apart. You’re not alone in this, okay?”

Hold up; I need a minute. This book had me so entertained, as Nick’s antics really are larger than life. It’s part of what makes The Extraordinaries, and now Flash Fire, such a delight to read. Well, that and about forty other reasons.

Honestly, I’m not even entirely sure where to start. There were so many elements of this book (and series) that I just loved. Nick’s confidence and sense of humor, for starters. All of the secondary characters. Oh! And don’t forget about the antagonist or all of the secrets within this world.

Actually, saying there’s a lot to love feels like an understatement all of a sudden. What I can safely say is that Flash Fire absolutely lived up to expectations set from The Extraordinaries. Some events in this book felt inevitable but in a good way.

Relationships changed and grew, some in ways I didn’t expect. Speaking of, the secondary plot surrounding Nick’s dad was a surprise – but very much appreciated. I love that TJ Klune didn’t just gloss over what has happened.

“Screw anyone who doesn’t think we’re capable, because we’re gonna make this world a better place, with or without their help. And to those who will try and silence us, a message: you will fail, and fail hard. There is nothing we can’t do. There is nothing I can’t do. And I plan on showing you just that.”

I also would officially like to give an award to TJ Klune. It’s an award I just made up, so I’m not sure how much weight it holds, but still. This award is for the best superhero name I have ever heard – in my life. I’m a comic book nerd, guys, so that actually carries a lot of weight. I’m not going to say the name here because I refuse to spoil its introduction. But it’s fantastic.

If you love fun, quirky, and charismatic characters with access to strange powers and situations, then the odds are good that you’re going to love The Extraordinaries and Flash Fire. These books should not be missed out on, as they are such a ride.

Thanks to Tor Teen and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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