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Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One av April…
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Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One (utgåvan 2017)

av April Daniels (Författare)

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"Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel 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 the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have 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." --… (mer)
Medlem:AmazingBaka
Titel:Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One
Författare:April Daniels (Författare)
Info:Diversion Books (2017), 280 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One av April Daniels

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    TroubleEntendre: Another great ownvoices YA superhero novel.
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Much of the annoyance I had with this had to do with the fairly heavy handed opening, feeling in places as though the lead had been reduced to a cipher. But, it got better as it went along, and by the end while some of the style of writing wasn't my speed, the character building solidified nicely indeed.

Standard supers genre annoyance with dubiously consistent physics and geometries, including a pretty crucial endgame moment of, "Guys, that's not how physics works, and that's not a *supers* issue."

Bloody fabulous take on body adaptation, however - and the beginnings of one of the more fascinating approaches to, "This power has these elements," Which I'm really looking forward to more detail on.

Ditto some early clunky dialogue, but that too shaped up nicely by mid-book, and by the end character was driving things nicely. I fully expect to be blown away by book two ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
It was PERFECT and I LOVED it. I read it in a matter of hours and can’t remember the last time I was so delighted with a novel. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
After helping the fallen superhero Dreadnought trans teen Danielle is transformed not only into Dreadnought, but into the body of the young woman she has always wanted to be - but her new problems, with family, with friends are only changed and her problems with super villains have only begun. Fast moving, but with a lot of agonizing, which while not inappropriate, never changed tone or developed. 🌈 ( )
  quondame | Oct 12, 2020 |
A powerful work. ( )
  jblopez | Jul 31, 2020 |
This book exists right below the wow threadhold for me, which just means this was immensely satisfying and pleasant to read. The superhero story was exactly how I like them—fun and a little zany, but with depth and a hint of darkness. Cool powers, cool world-building, a remix of some familiar tropes, fun characters, generally diverse, etc. It’s a pretty classic origin story, with all the power tests and stumbles and amateur heroics I enjoy, with a few roadblocks I didn’t expect but which made sense within the teen or trans contexts.

I’m going to gloss over the YA aspects for brevity. Daniels writes teens well, writes high school well, and writes teens fighting the system with a light, almost “YA contemporary” touch rather than veering towards “teen dystopia”. There’s nothing that really shines, but it doesn’t need to. The YA-ness isn’t the point of the book, Danny’s growing confidence notwithstanding.

The point is the trans-ness, and as you’d expect from a trans author, it is on point. On one hand, it’s reasonably trans 101, running from negative reactions and TERFs to smaller things like the sudden need for bras, but it never feels didactic and gives Danny plenty of time to both enjoy her new body and be awesome. Daniels walks the line between “harsh realities” and “entertaining story” beautifully, and the way she handles the darker aspects makes it clear she knows but doesn’t want to trigger anyone either. (Don’t worry: for every character who says Danny’s lying, there’s someone who believes her and has her back.)

Superpowers get used as metaphors for queerness or visible minorities a lot, but I think this might be the first time I’ve seen the queerness both on the page and playing into the story. Danny’s powers are the vehicle for and the metaphor for her transition, and she has to work out the limits of her powers and whether she’s a true hero at the same time as working out who she is now that she passes. There’s some other stuff that ties into the queer/powers metaphor—interesting stuff—and … yeah. This story wouldn’t have been half as good if it had been about only a teen superhero or only a trans lesbian. It’s a perfect example of doing queer fiction well.

In short: solid superhero novel + solid YA novel + solid Own Voices trans novel = very solid novel. Definitely recommended.

Warnings: Protagonist subject to transphobia, abusive parenting, and brief homelessness.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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"Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel 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 the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have 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." --

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