Heat Wave

Tor Teen. (The Extraordinaries: Bk. 3). Jul. 2022. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250203731.
Gr 9 Up–While the end of Flash Fire dropped readers off a cliff, the beginning of the finale of this trilogy is slow to start. The summer before Nick’s senior year is more than college applications and boyfriend drama—he’s also training to be a vigilante superhero and master his telekinesis. Many readers will look at the first third of this book and wonder if they’re remembering book two correctly—there is a reason for this confusion, and it leads to a satisfying conclusion. Still, those unknown elements leave the novel slightly off-kilter until it picks up about halfway through. Nick and his boyfriend have healthy conversations about their relationship throughout, modeling open communication and boundaries. The main couple is white, with racial diversity in the supporting cast.
VERDICT Worth having for libraries that own the rest of the series.

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