Guys, guys, holy shit.
You need to read Dreadnought.
It’s about a 15 year old trans girl who gets superpowers. It’s fucking incredible.
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.
I admittedly don’t normally read YA. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen a book like this. I have never in my 29 years, ever seen a trans lesbian superhero. It’s incredible.
The opening chapter, where still-in-closet Danny is almost guiltily painting her toenails, because it’s the only thing she can do to feel normal (but still hide from her parents), or when Danny is talking about being in sex-ed, learning about female reproductive systems and her body feeling that it’s missing something… I just… I read a lot of books, and I cry really easily. I have never cried so quickly and so easily at something. I related to this so, so hard. It was like the author pulled my own memories to the page. The book was written by a trans woman, which is why these experiences feel so real.
It’s fun and funny and heartwarming and angsty and powerful.
It’s just a damn good book, man.