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Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas' Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first superhero - Superman - from award-winning and number-one New York Times best-selling author Matt de la Peña.

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises. 

His power is beyond imagining.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger - better - than everyone around him. But he wasn't raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it's not like he's earned his powers...yet. 

But power comes with a price.

Lately, it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark's not the only one hiding something. 

Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. 

What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? 

Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

©2019 Matt de la Peña (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old." (Kirkus Reviews)

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent - with or without a cape.” (Jason Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down)

“Matt de la Peña’s Superman is the quintessential American alien. Despite being caught between two worlds, he’s everything we love about the Man of Steel: courageous, compassionate, and full of hope.” (Gene Luen Yang, author of New Super-Man and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

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Political Superman book

I buy books like this for entertainment not to have a political agenda pushed down my throat.

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Superman dawnbreaker

I would not be recommended this book. I have more to say but it won't submit more. Leon Powell

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Reminiscent of Action Comics #1 and Smallville.

This AB is reminiscent of Action Comics #1 and the series Smallville. Clark Kent protecting the powerless against social injustice. The story offers current relevance: racism, bigotry, and undocumented immigrants. Clark Kent defends the weak against those abusing power, money and thier social stations to exploit the weak. Very enjoyable.

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Interesting, but Somewhat Unimpressive

I liked some aspects to this novel, but I think I got hung up on the over sensationalizing of the immigrant aspect. I got real middle of the road there because I like pairing the situation of him as an alien feeling ostracized with no where to go and illegal immigrants feeling a version of that. I just think throwing in race and immigration into a superhero novel with the political climate of today takes away from some of the key aspects superheroes are designed to address with subtlety.

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Disappointing.

I listen to audio books while commuting to and from work to relax. I selected this book because I was looking for something light, something to get me out of my head. This book has alot of socially charged content and alot of the authors personal views. Not what I was expecting from a Superman book. I don't mind when I'm looking for a book to inspire an internal debate or gain political perspective. This is a book about Superman, not a platform for the author to indoctrinate his views on to the readers. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the opinions of the author, just stating that this was disappointing.

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how Clark Kent decided to become Superman m

The narrator brings you into the story as you watch Kal-el decide to be a hero or just be a passerby.

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Bashed in the face with an intersectional 2X4

When I ordered the book I knew the author leaned left and that he would create a story that argued for his political views.

He didn’t write a story. He wrote about his political views and stuck a story on top of them It wasn’t subtle. It wasn’t organic. It wasn’t even professional

Star Trek, marvel, dc. They’ve always moved the envelope and presented a certain view of the world But they also wrote great stories. De la Pena didn’t. He could have But he’s just trying too hard

Opening scene takes pains to mention the high school Latinx book club. The narrator actually pronounces latinx. New characters usually immediately come with a description of their race and class and gender.

Rich people are the creepy suspicious bad guys. People who are “different” are persecuted and wonderful Society hates people who are “different” and therefore make them unsafe. Small town America is a bad and dangerous place full of evil things like a desire for legal immigration and control of criminal activity.

Racism, bigotry, allusions to homophobia and religious intolerance. Small town America is a deeply problematic place that requires heroic freedom fighters to ask tough questions and challenge the patriarchy.

But it does not seemingly need tolkienesque prose. It just needs an intersectional club.

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Great story about supermans upbringing

really well written story once the plot got going I could not stop listening. highly recommend this book

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this is absolutely one of my new favorite books!

If you love the Superman mythos, then you will love this new iteration of the man of steel's evolution. Between Andrew's great performance and Matt's rich character development and great story telling really let's you emotionally invest in each character no matter how small of a part they play. Matt found just the right blend of superman legacy characters and new characters that make the story very well rounded. Out of all the DC ICON books that have come out so far, this one is easley my favorite. This story has become my personal head-canon for Clark Kent's journey from farm boy to the man of tomorrow.

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great superman beginning

loved it how smallville should have ended was in to every partfrom beginning to the very end.....

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