Dreadnought (Nemesis #1) by April Daniels
Genres/Themes: YA, Superheros, LBGTQA, Abuse, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
This is such an amazing book!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s 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 Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.
She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.
Wow, I’m so glad I picked this one up. There are not that many superhero books out there, so this one fills a much needed space, even more so since it features a transgender, lesbian main character. Absolutely brilliant.
Danny is a ‘real’ character in that she doesn’t seem fake or overly amazing, she is just a person who is given superpowers and her biggest wish, so she tries to make the best of it….even when it feels like her whole world is against her. Everyone responds to her changes (gender and ability) in different (real-seeming) ways. It sucks, it can be brutal, it brings hope, and it all feels so real that it sparks tears.
The side characters are diverse both in how they act as well as representation. Danny is not the only queer character and there are non-white characters too! Shocking, I know. One thing I found awesome about this book is that just because a person is known to be amazing doesn’t mean that they are accepting of everything…. and as weird as this seems I enjoyed how the mom was perceived– seemed more realistic to me.
The plot never lagged to me. It was a great pace, although I was wishing for more as I slowly crept towards the end of it. I’m seriously wishing I had the sequel in my hands, I really want to explore more of Danny’s journey.
The action scenes were well written too! I usually wasn’t lost while reading the scenes. This would be a fantastic movie, tbh. I do want to see those scenes ^_^
I recommend this to everyone! Go read it!!