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Inter-dimensional espionage is child's play.

Sucking liquid nitrogen-frozen popsicles in a geek hostage program (science camp) is the last way Emile wants to spend his summer, but when a camp chemistry experiment explodes into a full blown FBI accusation against his little brother Max, Emile has real work to do.

Emile knows Lilly Fang can help, and will, if he can avoid ant
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Paperback, 1, 332 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Independent
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
The Spec Set is not your typical YA. It's actually not your typical book at all – I'm not sure I can even place it! It's a unique bird, a true genre bender. But if I had to find a couple of words to characterize The Spec Set, I would say... Fast, surprising... Explosive. Both literally and figuratively! It turned out quite different from what I was expecting it to be, although I'm not even sure you can convey an adequate enough picture in a blurb for a book like this. When I picked it up, I wasn ...more
Kaitlin
Nov 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: spfbo-2019
* I read this as it's an #SPFBO entry for this year's competition and I'm a judge *

I have to say I was not a fan of this book from the start because unfortunately it didn't have the same level of edit as some of the other titles I've read for this year's competition, and the story didn't seem to be very fleshed out, it was quite fast-moving.
I ended up not finishing it as I got to 10% through and could tell that unfortunately the angst and the language just wasn't going to appeal to me, and I fo
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Kameo
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Told through the eyes of Emile, the Spec Set brings the fun vernacular of a teenage boy burdened by too much responsibility for a younger sibling. What makes it worse? Max doesn't speak. On the rare occasion he does, the single word response hardly covers the required answer. Though watching his brother at science camp isn't an idea E likes, he still stands up for him regularly. Luckily, Lilly, the latest pain in his side, likes Max and helps out as much as she can. Eventually, when E's own real ...more
Jayati
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is certainly different and something that we really need in his time.

With more focus on diversity and disabilities, as we move forward, this is the kind of book that we need to see more and more.

This book surprised me in ways that I haven't been surprised in far too long and it made me wanna stay and keep reading. I finished this book in just about 4 days and considering how hectic my life has been, I would consider that a very big achievement.

When I sat to read this book, I had no ide
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Rebecca L.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Read this review and more like it on my blog at BeckieWrites.com!

The Spec Set by Taya Okerlund was a fun and fast paced inter-dimensional adventure that will delight fans of the X-Men, the Avengers, or superheroes in general. Okerlund populates her pages with a diverse group of characters that seem to jump off the page. The protagonist, E, is particularly lifelike as he does his best to figure out how to balance navigating the world with his newfound super powers while being the best big brothe
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Amy Shannon
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Action-filled YA

Okerlund pens an action-packed, explosive story in The Spec Set. I really enjoyed this story, as the pace was perfect for the story, and didn't leave the reader behind. The characters were wonderfully created and had a sense of depth to them. I found the character Max, who has some form of disabilities, to be wonderfully divided into many parts of himself. The story works, showing what could be complicated to be living life, and dealing with extraordinary powers and other worlds.
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Kopratic
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars. Full review to come. E-ARC provided by the author.
Lisa
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one, I think the concept was really cool, but it didn’t connect with me as a reader as much as I wished it had.

Let’s start off with the good. The Spec Set is a book about mostly teenagers who all have some sort of special powers and team up to, well, not exactly fight crime, but sort of run special ops missions? Emile is our main protagonist. He’s a bit hard to read, has a lot of family issues, but loves his little brother Max despite twelve year old Max’s eccentricities. Max is a b
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Emile, his little brother, Max and Lily are connected. It starts out at science camp but when the FBI arrives Emile isn't pleased (like he should be) he gets to go home... because it means Max is in big trouble. Lily and her crew are able to help... if Emile is willing to go along with her crazy ideas. Working to close the case on the real thief the teens take the chase into the Y Universe, where physical laws make everything chemically unpredi
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