Flash Fire

Tor Teen. (Extraordinaries: Bk. 2). Jul. 2021. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250203687.
Gr 9 Up–This sequel to The Extraordinaries retains the authentic neurodivergent narration, hilarious embarrassing moments, and joyful queer love of the previous volume while calling into question whether police officers can be good people if they are complicit in an inherently flawed system. Nick has the greatest boyfriend in the world. Not only is Seth kind, patient, and devastatingly sexy, but he’s also the extraordinary Pyro Storm, who uses his fiery superpowers to help the people of Nova City. But when Simon Burke, CEO of Burke Pharmaceuticals and father to supervillain Shadow Star, announces his plan for monitoring extraordinary activity, Nick and his friends are understandably nervous. When it becomes apparent that he is manipulating the Nova City Police Department, things seem pretty bleak. It’s a good thing that there are new extraordinaries on the scene, including a couple of big surprises. As in the first installment, this has a post-credits scene with a big reveal, hinting at another volume.
VERDICT Purchase where the first volume was popular, and recommend to teens who enjoy queer romance, laugh-out-loud sex comedy, and superhero tropes.

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