Dreadnought (Nemesis #1) by April Daniels #ff #trans #review


Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father’s dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny’s first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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I enjoy superhero stories so I was expecting to like this but this surpassed my expectations. I LOVED it and would give it more that 5 stars if I could. This is not only a story that I would read again but a world I which I would gobble up any sequels to.

 

Danny is fifteen years old and transgender. She hides the fact from both her friends and her family until she witnesses a tragedy involving the famous Dreadnought. As he’s dying, he hands her the mantle, his powers, changing the course of her life.

 

This story had so much going on. The superheroes had factions within factions. White Cloaks. Gray Cloaks. Black Cloaks. And more division within each. So soon after her transformation Danny witnessed that within the white cloaks  and was hurt by it. The superheroes had their human side, some more accepting than others when it came to Danny being transgender. But there was also controversy about whether or not she should take on the Dreadnought name or choose one of her own to whether or not she would even be a superhero. While acclimating to this new world, she deals with her controlling, verbally abusive father and her cowed mother. Her best friend was no friend at all. She made new friends, but even those came with complications.

 

The part I loved the most about the book was Danny. This is about her journey to find her voice, her inner strength, and break away from the lies her father spewed to find her own path among the different Cloaks. She had to learn how to embrace who she was without shame and I loved every minute. I definitely recommend this everyone.

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