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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,826 ratings  ·  1,420 reviews
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’
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
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Ellie As a trans woman, absolutely. As someone else said, of course, the magical complete transformation is entirely unrealistic, but the way that people re…moreAs a trans woman, absolutely. As someone else said, of course, the magical complete transformation is entirely unrealistic, but the way that people react to her being a girl when she used to be a boy is spot on. The relationship with her mother and father is almost exactly the same as mine, except my father is not as aggressive about it.

Basically, I was crying after many chapters at how accurate it all was. The protagonist's thoughts in the early chapters echo mine from when I was younger, before I transitioned. Or maybe it's just the estrogen making me cry.(less)
Nicky Kyle It is 100% classic Superhero Origin Story fare. Pick up pretty much any first issue of any comic book series and you're going to get a similar set-up …moreIt is 100% classic Superhero Origin Story fare. Pick up pretty much any first issue of any comic book series and you're going to get a similar set-up (or check out the first movie of any MCU series). It's the way that Daniels takes that classic conceit and runs with it so perfectly that makes this story so good! If you're completely unfamiliar with the world of superhero comics you might not enjoy it very much (it shouldn't make a difference whether you've actually read them or whether you've just seen the movies or cartoons based on the comics) but if you're even a casual fan of the superhero genre, you should love it!(less)

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Emily May
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult, fantasy, 2017
"Genetics aren't destiny."

In a world where the skies are filled with superheroes and supervillains, 15-year-old Danny's dreams come true when the famous Dreadnought perishes in her arms and passes his powers on to her - powers that include super-strength, flight, and an outer body that matches the girl Danny's always been inside.

And, well... I loved it! Danny is going to steal the hearts of so many readers. This is such a beautiful ownvoices work and it shows from the very first chapter when
Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

April Daniels’ superhero story really packs a wallop! Fifteen-year-old Danny Tozer has always known that she is a girl, even though she was designated male at birth. Then one day, by being in the wrong place at the right time, she inherits the powers of the world’s greatest superhero: Dreadnought. At the same time, she gets her greatest wish: a female body that matches her identity. But which challenge will be tougher: taking on the job of superhero, or finding acceptance from her friends and fa
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I loved so much about this story, so I'll try to be both brief and coherent. No promises, though. And just before we get started I want to emphasize that this is an ownvoices book - which is something that I think comes through in Danny's character. Just want to make sure as many people know that as possible. Ok, onto the review!

Danny is such a fresh and fantastic voice. Trans, lesbian, and a superhero, and I think every one of those identifiers is handled equally, while it is also clear that th
Maggie Gordon
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Writing this review hurts me. I was extremely excited about Dreadnought as North American literature desperately needs more diversity and trans superhero narratives are quite rare. Unfortunately, it’s just not a very good book. Do I think that people should buy and read Dreadnought anyways? There are so few books with trans protagonists that I can’t in good faith say to avoid the book entirely. On the other hand, given the sheer number of positive reviews out there, I do think that it’s importan ...more
✨    jami   ✨
“I see a world that is terrified of me. Terrified of someone who would reject manhood. Terrified of a girl who knows who she is and what she’s capable of. They are small, and they are weak, and they will not hurt me ever again. My name is Danielle Tozer. I am a girl. No one is strong enough to take that from me anymore.”

I cannot and will not shut up about how great this book is y'all!

trigger warnings for: transphobia, homophobia and trans/homophobic slurs

Dreadnought is a superhero story foll
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
So, so good! This book is, in one sense, wish fulfillment of the highest order - when Danny inherits Dreadnought's superpowers, it allows her to physically transition into the girl she has always kept hidden on the inside. But Danielle very quickly learns that transition, even when accompanied by superpowers, does not magically heal the damage to her self esteem resulting from the years of emotional and physical abuse she has suffered. And guess what? There is prejudice and misunderstanding even ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This year, if you’re involved in one or more of the many diversity reading challenges out there or simply encouraging yourself to check out more diverse reads, I hope you’ll consider Dreadnought. Books like this one have a relevant place in our world today for their role in celebrating LGBT voices and spreading awareness, and I think what excited me most was the depth of our protagonist and the way her story was told.

I should preface this by saying dysphoria is real, and however a person chooses to handle it - whether transitioning or not - is a deeply personal choice that no one else has any right to be involved in. And I believe this to be true too re: children as long as they have the capacity to make medical decisions.

However, I was deeply uncomfortable with this book. The plot is thin, the characters are flat, but those aren't my major concerns. It's the way that gender, sex & transition is handled.

It's definitely a really important book.

When you're a kid, who do you look up to ? A superhero. You need to find yourself in a superhero, you need to think 'That could be me.' Kids need a transgender superhero.

Danny is a transgender girl, she's fifteen, and one day she sees the Superhero Dreadnought being killed. Following this death, she receives the mantle, making her the new Dreadnought and giving her her ideal body. And her ideal body matches her real gender : she's not a boy, she's never be
Elle (ellexamines)
Dreadnought is a ton of fun. This book follows Danny, a trans girl who gets the body she’s always wanted after famous superhero Dreadnought passes his powers on to her.

There’s a good balance here between a fairly dark coming-of-age story and a fun, heartwarming superhero story. This is a superhero novel for those who don’t get to be a part of superhero novels.

I seriously loved the characters here. Danny is just amazing. She’s so angry that if written with less skill, she would come off whiny, b
Allison Hurd
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was sweet. I think there were a lot of great elements--the author feels like she must be a comics fan. I felt a lot of love and empathy for Danny, too, which was nice. I always like it when I see new faces that look like the faces I love.

CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)

Things to love:

-Danny! What a precious little lamb of a baby girl. I know she can bas
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A YA superhero story with a transgender heroine that has a lot of depth.

Danny Tozer is a transgender 15-year old who is living life as a boy because her family is anything but supportive of her. Then she suddenly inherits the mantle of Dreadnought which remakes her physical form into her ideal body, that of a girl. But she's still Danny, still has an abusive family and has to deal with the whole spectrum of reactions to transgender people. She also has to come to terms with having superpowers an
Trigger warnings: transmisia, TERF rhetoric, multiple transmisic slurs, anti-queer/gay slurs, internalized transmisia (trans character calling herself a transmisic slur) deadnaming, misgendering, suicidal ideation, ableist slurs/language (the r slur, jokingly suggesting someone has ADD, and attributing evilness to mental illnesses), physically and emotionally abusive parents, sexism and misogyny, rape threat (sort of; character wishes rape upon someone)

Rep: Danielle is a trans lesbian. Sarah is
Danny Tozer has always known she should have been born a girl, and we know this on the first page. The first scene of this book features her hiding in an alley, dressed otherwise like a male, and painting her toenails; this is the only outlet she has as a closeted trans fifteen year old in an emotionally abusive household (her dad is a colossal asshole). But everything changes when her toenail painting session is interrupted by a superhero/supervillain fight. Dreadnought, one of the most powerfu ...more
You know when you’re reading a book and you’re trying to formulate some form of coherent thought so you can figure out what to write in your review? And you realise you’ve got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING?

Dreadnought is not that kind of book.

Dreadnought is the kind of book I would love to talk more about. It’s by no means a perfect book, but it’s an important one, especially in our time of day. The main character is transgender and queer, who just happens to stumble upon a crazy set of superpowers, and it
Reread as book #4 of my job refusing to implement work-from-home - and guess what? It's the last one! Just a few minutes after I finished this book, our account manager came in and announced we were going to start WFH, and now I've been safely at home for over a week!


This book is just... so damn good in so many ways and I sort of find it hard to articulate. I think this is partly because a lot of the excellence here comes from the way Danny's trans-ness integrates into othe
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Dreadnought is an #ownvoices superhero YA book. The MC is a lesbian trans girl and she suddenly gets powers when Dreadnought dies in front of her. She immerses into this superhero world where she finds allies and enemies. It reminded me of Boku no Hero Academia for obvious reasons though also the superhero names + One Punch Man with some type of heroes and how they looked.

I'm giving it 3 stars mainly because a character I just couldn't swallow + phrases + some things that happened at the end. B
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it.

Danny’s life is turned upside down when he inherits Dreadnought’s mantel, which turns him into the girl he always was inside. All is not however as easy as it looks and superpowers do not resolve everything, especially prejudice and abuse.

Daniels doesn’t just give us a transgender/superhero coming-of-age story with an amazing main character that is only too easy to like, but a whole cast of very strong females - my favourites being
Kara Babcock
Is there a name for the situation where you keep thinking you like a certain genre, but you’re almost unfailingly critical of every book in that genre you read? That’s me and the superhero novel. I want to like superhero novels, desperately. Superheroes fascinate me. But most superhero novels I’ve read don’t quite capture whatever ineffable quality of superheroics that I’m looking for. (To be fair, I also don’t read superhero comics or watch much superhero television/movies, Supergirl aside, so ...more
Kaje Harper
maybe 4.5 stars. This book begins in a challenging way - 15-year old Danny is a trans girl, hiding behind a mall to put on toenail polish, the only revelation of her true self that she dares try, with her volatile father and school situation. When suddenly, a superhero/supervillain battle erupts overhead. A minute later, the dying superhero Dreadnought falls at her feet, and passes her his powers in his last moments. And along with them, the transformation of her body to her personal ideal. Whic ...more
So here's the thing: I desperately wanted to love this book. I mean, a world with superheroes where a trans-teen is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up a) becoming a superhero and b) as a result of a), getting the body that she's always wanted? AMAZING. Seriously. Amazing.

Especially when you add in the fact that it's Own Voices.

However. There was SO much transphobia and so much abusive language towards transpeople in the course of this book. Danny's father has been verbally abusiv
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
I can't finish this book right now, I am not enjoying it. Not because is bad, but because I am not in a sci-fi/ fantasy mood at all.

💭Pre-reading thoughts:

Trans Superheroine... I AM IN.⚡️
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
3.5 stars. This was an important book with a serious theme: society's attitudes to being transgender. Although in some ways this is a wish fulfilment story, even in this context, and maybe because of it, the phobic and bigoted attitudes (and abusive in the father's case) seem even worse. I can't imagine what it must be like to feel you are in the wrong body and have to fight for the right to become who you really are when there isn't a superhero to help the process along.
The superhero story itse
"Suddenly, I'm worried about getting fat, which is something that hasn't happened to me before."

"I'm just as much a girl as you are."
"Oh really? She leans forward, steeples her fingers. "Do you even know how to put in a tampon?"

yeah, no.

SUCH high hopes for this one and it fell flat. How could a superhero book be so boring? The best way for me to describe Dreadnought is that it read like a series of barely-connected daydream-esque fantasies. You know the ones where you finally tell y
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up after my friend recommended it to me (and after seeing the gorgeous cover too). I knew as soon as I heard it had superheroes, trans main characters, and lesbians that this was a YA SFF book I needed to pick up, and I am so glad I did becuase it was so fun, and the representation seemed pretty good to me (although I'm by no means an expert).

I loved the concept of this book. A young character called Danny believes totally that she's female, however, she has been born male an
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc-reviewed
2.5 stars

I acknowledge the good intentions of writing a diverse superhero story with a transgender protagonist but I found this book neither convincing as a superhero novel nor as a contemporary.

I wasn't exactly bored while reading this but I often had a feeling I was reading a fan fiction to Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series (there even was a character named Calamity!) instead of a professional novel. The pacing was okay and there was always something happening but I often struggled to care
What a wonderful way to spend a day! Danny was such a lovingly-drawn character that I found it impossible not to fall in love with her myself. While the book was a bit bleak in places, and Danny certainly needed her super-strength to carry some of the burdens she was handed, this was still an empowering story that ended on a high note.

I recently read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, and in some ways this book reminded me of that one. Both took place in worlds populated by superheroes, both were ab
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
A superhero novel we deserve!

Dreadnought is wonderful YA superhero novel about a 15 year old transgender girl Danny who gets super powers after an accident and the adventures begin.

I enjoyed reading the book! Danny is such a likable character. She's round and complex, she's brave and truly heroic. A great role model for kids and teens, in my opinion.

I feel like the plot was mostly revolved around Danny, her insecurities, struggles as s transgender girl and a lesbian, finding her strength and pro
4.5 stars! 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 and real stuff about a teen facing transphobia. It's moving but also heartbreaking to have to see this 15-
Lost Planet Airman
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A proper review of this is going to take me a lot of time and mental energy and emotional energy -- I think I owe my church friends who may eventually read my words, an explanation of why I like this transgender character and story so much. And I think I owe my liberal friends and family the opposite explanation, of why I won't yet take everything LGBTQIA+ as my own agenda.

But don't abandon me yet, Gentle Reader! In the meantime, I refer you to my GR friend Allison Hurd's amazing review, which s
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“I see a world that is terrified of me. Terrified of someone who would reject manhood. Terrified of a girl who knows who she is and what she’s capable of. They are small, and they are weak, and they will not hurt me ever again. My name is Danielle Tozer. I am a girl. No one is strong enough to take that from me anymore.” 27 likes
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