Dreadnought by April Daniels (Review)


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 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 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.

(276 pages)

Danny Tozer just wants to have a girls body. She has known her body was wrong from the age of 7 but had no idea how to do anything about it as she is constantly being bullied by his dad for not being ‘man enough’. Then one day her innermost desire is granted, in a most extraordinary way – and as well as now being a girl, Danny also becomes a superhero – or will she?

The story was really well written. The inclusion of superheroes gave it a more lighthearted edge, whilst dealing with some really dark, deep, important and uncomfortable issues.

Genetics aren’t destiny

This is the central theme here, with Danny trying to learn how to become who she is. There are many obstacles in the way, but searching for the inner strength, and learning to find support from others and have trust in unexpected people are the way forward.

Danny is an extremely likeable character, and she felt really authentic. Her struggles with her family were easy to relate to and believable and the struggles she had as a teenager also felt real, although very different from the majority of teens.

Some of the language used to abuse Danny was very offensive – but that was the point. What’s the use in sugar coating reactions to a transgender lesbian character, when we all know that reality is nothing like that.

I loved the cast of superheroes, Magma and Valkyrija were my favourites, but I really really really really couldn’t stand Graywitch, but again that’s probably the point – you’ll understand my dislike when you read the book.

There really was something for everyone. Teen angst, uncomfortable friendships, LGBTQ issues, not to mention superhero fights, cyborgs, mechabots and mega explosions!

I can’t really think of anyone who shouldn’t read this. I feel that the tone used throughout regarding transgender was brilliant, and despite the awful language used against Danny by her dad, it felt really authentic. I have heard similar outbursts from parents of gay children, so it really was believable to me. I haven’t come across many stories about LGBTQ characters, so to find one this enjoyable was great. It could even be taken as a superhero story where the central character is trans, rather than a trans character happens to be a superhero if you catch my drift.

Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Finished on February 20th 2017

This is my “book about a marginalised group” 2-men-hands for the #emojiathon – Transgender


Counting as part of the following challenges:

#popsugarreadingchallenge – A difficult topic


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Dreadnought by April Daniels


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