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 fiend 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.
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, LGBT
Series: Nemesis #1
Author: April Daniels
Publisher: Diversion Books
This is one of my favorite books of 2017. I know it’s only March, but this thing was amazing! This is an LGBT read, about Danny, a girl born in a boy’s body. She’s struggled all her young life not to die in a society that thinks of her as something she isn’t, until one day, her courage to help dying superhero Dreadnought, prompts the Universe to not only grant her an outer that matches the inner, but a powerful gift that could give her hope for a future she never would’ve thought of.
I enjoyed this immensely because of how emotionally intense it was. You have so many people from friends, to family and “colleagues” calling you all sorts of names, making you feel like you’re the lowest of the low. Danny deals with it every day, and she struggles. It’s one of the reasons why I liked this so much, because I saw her take it in, wear it, but never give up. It’s the continuing to live that made this so great for me. I fell hard for Danny and her troubles, and as an urban fantasy reader, it was just as surprisingly great to read about a world where villains and superheroes roam the earth. And the villain, Utopia? How perfect was her plan? At times I even found myself nodding to her cause, but of course only to an extent lol. I appreciated that the bad guy wasn’t just a bad guy. I liked that our heroine had issues she struggled to deal with. I didn’t like how ugly some of the people were because sometimes it just seemed too much, but you know what? Shit like that actually happens, which only made it even more- you get the picture.
It was just a great experience. The heroes were heroes, the bad people were grotesque, and in the end, when all the world needs is someone to watch out for them, we get a beautiful story of a girl who finds out just how perfect she is for the job.
If you don’t read this, you’re missing out.
For the rest of your life.
So read it.