“The Brothers makes readers feel the tragedy of the Boston bombing in all its complexity. With all the context Gessen provides—the history of upheaval in Chechnya, the constant terror of life in Dagestan, the family’s inability to find happiness and steady work in America—it’s hard not to feel as if the Tsarnaev brother’s decision to bomb the marathon (which Dzhokhar has admitted to in court) was at least in part the product of historical and cultural forces bearing down on two disenfranchised young men. It’s an unsettling feeling, as someone who two years ago heard cop cars screaming outside her Cambridge apartment, to find oneself, one hundred and fifty pages in, rooting for Dzhokhar to escape from law enforcement. But that’s the magic of this book: it turns two antagonists of American society into protagonists.”
It’s a headcanon of mine that one of Daud’s potential futures would have had him walk a path of idealism, becoming a vigilante of sorts that would strike down those who dared abuse their power. With his powers he could have become a champion for the disenfranchised and the Outsider is forever bitter that he ended up using his powers purely for personal gain, letting things as mundane as survival and money dictate his life instead.