Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Heat Wave releases July 19, 2022.
Genre: LGBTQIAP+ Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Series: The Extraordinaries #3
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Nick, Seth, Gibby, and Jazz are back in action bringing justice, protection, and disaster energy to the people of Nova City.
An unexpected hero returns to Nova City and crash lands into Nick’s home, upturning his life, his family, and his understanding of what it means to be a hero in the explosive finale of the thrilling and hilarious Extraordinaries trilogy by New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune.
REVIEW: Heat Wave was the best possible ending for this trilogy. It wonderfully emphasized the importance of owning yourself and who you are while embracing both your strengths and weaknesses.
Nick really comes into his own in multiple ways in this book, learning what it truly means to be a hero. That not all heroes wear capes and being neurodivergent is its own kind of superpower. I also loved how his relationship with his dad and Seth progressed
It was somewhat difficult to get into the story in the beginning. Ironically, I felt just as confused as the characters because I couldn’t remember past established facts.
I loved the many incredible, adorable, funny, and heartwarming moments between the characters. Literally, family goals, squad goals, friendship goals, relationship goals. Also, Dad Squad is the best and Burrito Jerry is a down-to-earth national treasure, the hero we didn’t know we needed but are forever thankful to have. And everyone deserves a special someone to share their Swinkles Salsagheti with. Simon Burke proves once more how wicked and devious a villain he is. I thought Simon’s story-line and that of those associated with him came to satisfying, logical conclusions.
A few breaks in scenes when characters would start having a side conversation in the middle of something went on for too long in a “do we really have time for this?” kind of way. A mix of short attention span irritation and eager reader needing to know what’s about to happen next.
Looking back, I don’t know if the tensions between police and the black community ever saw a “resolution” of sorts. Are things going to stay the same or is change for the better going to happen? Also, what happened to Rebecca Firestone? Her character elevated in this book in a way I didn’t see coming. Even though she’s Nick’s sworn enemy, there was no mention of her in the conclusion.
Heat Wave was an entertaining read in which love, family, and friendship conquered all.
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