#ReadWithPride: Heatwave by TJ Klune

Do I want to quietly fly to the United States just so I can congratulate TJ Klune in person on how he handled this brutal cliffhanger of flash fire? Why yes, really. Now, for spoiler’s sake, I can’t speak much about the plot of Heat wave but if you remember the end of flash fire, you’d think we’re jumping right into explaining said plot twist. Instead, things are deceptively normal…it got so far that I questioned my own memory of what happened at the end of book two, which is just – honestly, it is so Klune to make me question my own sanity instead of wondering if there were other forces at play. But yeah, let’s just say the way the book two cliffhanger is resolved is just ingenious .

Have you ever read those series finales that give you exactly what you wanted but not in the way you expected, but somehow in a better way? Yeah it was Heat wave for me. Honestly, this review might just be me shouting random things that would make absolutely no sense, but let me just point out the creme de la creme of this story. Beyond that cliffhanger resolution, it’s just an absolute tour de force to reunite with Nick, Seth, Gibby, and Jazz for one last time. Probably the most dramatic episode of the series, this story brings everything to a dangerous and explosive climax as old enemies return, hidden identities are revealed, Nova City’s political situation comes to a near catastrophic end and everyone tries to figure out what they want to do after high school – you know, when half of them are superheroes. It’s both so relatable and utterly absurd at the same time and it makes for an undeniable story as you encourage your heroes to keep the city safe once again while the people actively try to rid the world completely of Extraordinaries.

Plus, Klune doesn’t hold back in this one when it comes to humor – we get our fair share of wanting to pass out due to the indirect embarrassment one feels when Nick and his dad (or other members of his motley group of friends) interact. I’m still at a loss for words every time we have a “Dad, no” “Dad, yes” moment on our hands that makes me laugh so hard I clap my hands like a seal as real tears roll down my cheeks. play. If you thought dental dams flash fire break you, you’re not ready for Heat wave. Beyond a Dad Squad (yes, I said Dad Squad) forming an Avengers-esque band for… friends showing up at inopportune times to hear things happening in the basement that they shouldn’t. no, this book made me lose my temper about five hundred times. That being said, hats off to Klune for putting so much emphasis on consent and communication when it comes to things that happen behind closed doors and parents give it their all to 1) embarrass their kids for ‘ the conversation ” while 2) making sure they are prepared and not rushed. I have never been so mortified and validated in the same book, my God.

Really, Heat wave is a bittersweet book in the best way. It’s incredibly hard to say goodbye to this lively and fantastical cast of characters, yes, but they get the hopeful and inspiring ending they fought for and absolutely deserve.

With Klune’s concoction of heart and hilarity, Heat wave is the explosive, absurd and ingenious conclusion of the Extraordinary trilogy. With tons of fluff, secondary embarrassment, and lots of platonic, romantic love, Heat wave will give its characters the emotional and uplifting ending they (and the readers) deserve.

Heat wave is available from Amazon, Book Depository and other good book retailers, like your local bookstore, starting July 19, 2022.

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