The Extraordinaries – Review

Title: The Extraordinaries
Author: TJ Klune
Publication Date: 14 July 2020
Synopsis: 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 fanfiction 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.
Format: Paperback
RRP: $19.99
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Representation: Nick (main character) is gay and has ADHD, Seth (side character) is bisexual, Owen (side character) is queer, Gibby (side character) is Black and a lesbian, Jazz (side character) is queer.

Content warnings: d*ke slur, superhero violence, panic attacks, death of a parent (past, non-descriptive).

Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing me with a finished copy of this book in exchange for reading and giving an honest review. This has no way impacted my opinions.

Nick Bell is an extra kind of guy. He’s queer, he has ADHD, he is the writer of one of the most (if not the most) popular fanfiction in The Extraordinaries fandom. And he is proud of that.

He has three great friends in Seth, Gibby, and Jazz, and be begrudgingly sometimes likes (but more often than not actually does like) his ex-kind-of-boyfriend, Owen.

He has a wonderful dad, Aaron, who is a police officer with the Nova City Police Department, and Aaron is quite protective of Nick.

Nick has promised his dad to do better this year – he needs to concentrate on school more, remember to take his ADHD medication, and try not to go off topic in his school assignments. But that proves to be a little harder than anticipated when all Nick really wants to do is write his fanfiction, fantasise about being Shadow Star’s boyfriend, and oh, becoming an Extraordinary himself.

Because Nick is determined to become an Extraordinary, no matter what.


I love the concept of this book – the fact that there are Extraordinary human beings with powers beyond imagination. There are two main ones in this book – Shadow Star (who Nick swoons over regularly) and his arch nemesis Pyro Storm.

I adored the character of Seth – he seems so lovely and I just want to pat him on the top of the head and make sure he knows that he’s doing a good job.

There were some awesome laugh out loud moments that still have me chuckling, and there were even parts in which I teared up.

One thing that is a now thing is the factoring of the police. In 2020, with the world like it is, I don’t have the faith in the police like Nick, and the rest of his world, seem to do. I don’t even have faith in my local police, let alone any big city police, like in Nova City.

Granted this is a fictional universe, I will put my feelings for that aside, but I am hesitant to see how it is handled in the next book, if at all.

There were parts of this book that I felt could’ve been significantly shorter, but all in all, it was quite a fast paced book. It left just enough open to continue into the second book, but ended the first one nicely without being on a horrible cliff-hanger, I found.

One other thing that fell a little flat for me is the sheer lack of personality of Gibby and Jazz. They were there to be queer (which yay) and be Nick’s friends, but that was pretty much it. I hope to see a lot more development of their characters in future books.

I’m looking forward to seeing where book two takes Nick and his friends.

5 thoughts on “The Extraordinaries – Review

  1. I love that fanfic is pervading YA from all corners! but….does the author acknowledge that this is RPF (real person fiction) rather than garden variety fanfic? I’m a bit suspicious sometimes that authors don’t come from a fandom background themselves and just appropriate it to seem relevant without knowing the nuances. coz boy, when I started getting into RPF, I was delivered a solid reality check that it’s considered taboo, haha


    1. I do, too!
      I love fanfic, but I am SUPER cautious about authors doing it justice, and doing it properly.
      The fanfic is tagged/labelled “Shadow Star/Original Main Character” from what I can remember, but no one seems to care that it’s a self insert fanfic?
      There were ‘commenters’ on the chapters that were put in the book that said “Shadow Star isn’t gay! Stop making him gay!” which is pretty accurate for RPF.
      I’ve always read and written RPF – taboo or not haha


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