The superhero headquarters and exploration of new powers was really gratifying. There were enough twists to keep it curious, and I did break down a little bit when Danny was explaining to her mother how living as a boy would have eventually killed her. Also like that one of the villains is a TERF.
A good friend recommended this and I found myself intrigued. Since then, this has been sitting on my TBR shelf for many months and I‘m beyond glad I finally picked it up because once I did I was UNABLE to put it down. It‘s a quirky mix of trans identity, coming of age, superhero adventure, and alternate history. What I loved most was the absolute joy this managed to capture at times when the plot could have easily lent itself to anger or despair.
Phew, this book was a lot of fun. And the superhero world was a prefect backdrop to discuss trans issues. Danny receives super powers, and with it, the body she‘s always wanted. I loved the transpride through hardship and am excited to read the second one.
But now, it‘s time to sculpt some miniature skulls with clay.
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A photo summing up my plans for the weekend. Finish three skulls. Finish at least two books.
I‘m starting Dreadnought now, been holding on to it for a while but looking forward to it for sure.
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So wonderful! What a great concept thoughtfully executed, and to great entertainment value! Danny is a closeted trans girl when the superhero Dreadnought dies in front of her, passing on his powers. Her body is instantly brought to its ideal form: not only does she now have superpowers, her body matches her gender. What follows is action-packed supervillain fighting but also tough & real stuff about a teen facing transphobia. Highly recommended!
This is so great so far! I think it's such a cool premise: teenage trans girl in the closet unwillingly takes on the mantle of a superhero and her new superhero body also matches her gender. I also loved how instead of turning her body into a cis girl's, Daniels insists on the validity of trans girlhood and gives her a trans girl's body. Also: if she will have me, I think Doc Impossible is my future wife. #TransBooks #QueerBooks
Danny goes through a butt tonne of #changes in this book - not the least being an instant change to her ideal female body. This is a mixed blessing as Danny is trans, but she was also in the closet until being unceremoniously outed by the surprise inheritance of superpowers.
I freaking adore this book.
4⭐ April Daniels‘s debut novel transports the reader into the life of a transgender teenager with incredible depth and humanity. If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a transgender teen, you need to read this book.
Full review at https://diversifyingperspective.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dreadnought-nemisis-1-r...
These violently orange boys' shoes made me think of the scene in DREADNOUGHT where Danny's relieved she can finally shop from the sedate girls' selection. I always had the opposite problem--I wanted the most garish shoes imaginable, but everything was grey or pink.
Now I make my own shoe purchases, I don't give a fig what gender my shoes are marketed to, and I have feet small enough to fit little boys' runners. So here we are.
Got my TBR stack ready for this weekend's #24in48 #readathon! I like to read slim books during readathons. Tiny books make me feel like I'm accomplishing more reading, and gives me lots of opportunities to take breaks. Plus, I will be away for part of the readathon, so small books are easier to shovel into my brain. ❤️📚😊
I adored this. Most of the buzz I've seen focuses on the stellar trans rep, but the book is also deeply concerned with how superhero tropes WORK and what it means to take up a heroic mantle. It's a must-read for anyone who's interested in the mechanics of these types of stories.
On top of the meta stuff, Danny is a fabulous person and a fabulous hero. I can't wait for the next part of her story. #queerbooks
Danny should be everyone's hero - she thinks she has problems until she inherits superpowers by accident and is outed as a trans lesbian to everyone. Not only does Danny have to deal with a new body and people acting like dicks, but she has to figure out how to use her new superpowers as well.
This is such a great book ❤️💛💚💙💜
What's your current read?
Dreadnought is on my TBR. I'm still working through Star-Crossed. By that, I mean even though it's been listed as my current read all week, I actually haven't started it.
Instead, I read the first four Lola Levine books since I had started with the fifth. I also read about half of Giant Days, Volume 3. I need to return books to the library so I'm going with some guaranteed quick reads.
Today's #PrideRec prompt is "trans character," and I wanted to highlight a book that's been on my to-read list a while: April Daniels' DREADNOUGHT. This superhero novel looks completely fun and inclusive, and the main character is a trans girl who inherits her superpowers after a collision with the previous superhero. I've been in a fiction reading slump for months, but I'm hoping to get to this soon. Have you read it?
I fully enjoyed Dreadnought, looking forward to staying tuned for Nemesis. Daniel's sudden circumstances, taking on new incredible powers, sets a really unique perspective on transgender stories. Near invincibility has its advantages, still facing heavy reactions and gambles for trust. The action does see some brutal battles, with brilliant sci-fi technologies. A very super cool read! #queerbooks #transbooks 💟
What. A. Ride. April Daniels balances an action-packed story with deeper, sometimes painful conversations without ever talking down to the teen audience. Danny was a fighter before her transition, and watching her start to come into her own as a young woman and a superhero is just as engrossing as this crazy fun plot. I can't wait for the sequel!
This book is a super hero story about acceptance. More then being about bad guy fighting or powers, it is about being yourself and what it's like for the people around you not to be ok with that, how that feels, and what happens next. A strong book for trans teens.
I've been reading a lot of feminist YA lately, and I think this one does the best job of incorporating feminist concepts in an organic way. It never feels preachy, so The Kids can start interacting with these ideas within the context of Danny's story. You know, once I return this to the library so the kids can actually read it lol #currentlyreading #transbooks #queerbooks
I'm half-through Dreadnought, while setting time to assure I'm all read by next week. It's action-packed, as well as emotion-charged. Something new in the superhero perspective is near invincibility, at the teenage life where family and friends sure have an impact of reactions; constant clashes on all sides. I'm looking forward to more thoughts and #transbooks insights by the end. 🌎💫
#prisma It'd be really cool to be able to do this without shame, without hopping on a train to ride halfway across the city first. Finally, I get to the front of the line and drop the nail polish on the counter. The cashier rings me up with a smile that makes me curdle inside .. I wonder if she knows .. #queerbooks #transbooks
Superhero Dreadnought dies & makes Danny the next one—& her body transforms into the girl she already knew she was. Which is great!...Except now she's out as trans publicly & has to deal with a mix of reactions at school & at home while trying to sort out the whole "superhero" thing. Funny, exciting, & heartbreaking by turns. Daniels balances Danny's normal life & her superhero one, & the characters feel grounded even w/in the heightened universe.
I'm excited to see Dreadnought in at the library 😍 as a usual auto-check-out, it wasn't a best day, waiting for work and knowing I'd be staying over at my sister's, to avoid a late night taxi. I'm sure to go back on the weekend. - That has me thinking; when relatives can get a bit harsh about the dish washer jobs, over working to be a bartender by now .. I can use a Trans hero story. 💟