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The protagonist of this book is a teenage boy. If my memory serves, the cover might have featured a phoenix in a ring, but that's just what I seem to remember. The story is set in a world that is basically the same as ours—contemporary times, social media, big cities, etc. But the main difference between our two worlds is that in the story, there are a number of people who possess powers. Some people are born with powers, and others are not. The world has a love-hate relationship with these people; some people adore and even hero-worship them, while many others hate or fear them. There is a government agency that uses various magical devices to control and oppress those with powers.

The protagonist is a teenage boy; he was adopted and lives with his adopted parents and brother in a large city. His brother is a fanatic, obsessed with those born with powers. The protagonist, who is gay, comes to work at a museum dedicated to phoenixes. One day, he discovers that he has powers—something none of his family or he had known (again, if my memory serves). His particular powers involve the use of fire. As he comes to discover his new identity, he and his family become entangled in the dangerous world of powers. He gets captured once, then escapes, and finds refuge with a group of people who like him possess powers.

Could someone tell me what this is?

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This is Infinity Son, by Adam Silvera.

The duotagonist Emil is gay and works in a phoenix museum gift shop

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

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  • "Brighton’s brother, Emil, is happier out of the limelight his brother craves. He works at a museum gift shop, hoping soon to be moved to a department specialising in phoenix history and preservation. Magical creatures such as these are threatened by the ambitions of the specters who hunt them for blood and body parts to add to potions that enable or increase their powers."
    – Valorum
    Jun 18 at 20:36
  • Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! Jun 21 at 19:12
  • How did you find it? Jun 21 at 19:12
  • @SovereignInquiry -> ["YA fantasy novel" and "phoenixes" and "gay"]
    – Valorum
    Jun 21 at 19:15
  • so are you saying...Google? Jun 22 at 18:24

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