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Dreadnought Audiobook

Dreadnought

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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.

Original cover art copyright Diversion Publishing Corp.

©2017 April Daniels (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    PretzelCoatl California 09-13-17
    PretzelCoatl California 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a superhero story."

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    TLDR:
    Transgender coming of age story set in a superhero world.
    Main character whines and complains way too much.
    Main character is a Mary Sue.
    Pointless characters and character-based drama.
    Story is repetitive and eventually I lost interest.
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    I'm always excited for a new superhero series, because it my favorite type of world to escape into, and there just aren't enough out there. This, however, is not a superhero story. It's a coming-of-age story with a strong transgender theme that happens to be in a superhero world. That's actually fine, because that's pretty interesting to me, too, but it was very poorly executed. I zone out while listening, so I can't tell you the number of times or pages the main character spent whining and WHINING about her life, but it was excessive, repetitive, and boring, and it really turned me off to the whole book.

    The characters were very real, but they were that kind of "I wish this impossibly stupid person didn't exist" real that you see in overly dramatic shows like The Walking Dead, where their sole purpose is to make the audience angry, create unnecessary drama, and never add anything of value to the show. That said, if you DO like pointless drama, most of the characters here will interest you.

    The Mary-Sue-ness of the character wasn't an issue for me, because, again, the point of the story is not about superheroes and superpowers; it's a coming of age story, but if you don't like Mary Sues, you should avoid this.

    I stopped listening towards the end of the story, when the "twist" was revealed and it just annoyed me so much I switched to a silent commute, instead, but the plot is very generic. As far as coming of age stories go, it makes very little progress, consisting of nothing more than repetitive motions back and forth along the same railroad tracks of thought.

    Anyway, it wasn't for me, but it might be for you. Depends on what you like. Give it a go if you enjoy the primary themes I mentioned and aren't turned off by the negatives I described.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Fouto 08-16-17
    Ana Fouto 08-16-17
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    "incredible"

    Loved it. Good story and good performance.
    I'm gonna listen to the next book right away.

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    Eve Smith 08-15-17
    Eve Smith 08-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular!"

    Listened straight through in a single sitting! I worried that the magical transformation would be cliché and strip Danny of her transness like I've seen so many times before, but it was so far from that! Hell, the speech in chapter 7 is one of the most powerful pieces of trans affirmation I've ever heard. Could not recommend this book enough!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David humble, TX, United States 08-09-17
    David humble, TX, United States 08-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Trans Role Model Needed but Not Found"

    I went into this book excited thinking that a trans superhero was a great idea. When I finished with it, I came out highly disappointment.

    The main problem with this book is it's very weak main character Danny. Told from her pov, Danny spends most of the book wining about her situation, giving into the will of others, being silent when she needs to speak out, and in general having her actions dictated to her by events. Danny rarely stands up for being trans by saying this is who I am and the few times she does its because she has been backed into a corner. Which makes it less of her owning her femininity and more of her just lashing out. Which is a complete shame. If the author was looking to write a role model for trans teens she failed. Readers might sympathize with Danny and feel like they are in the same boat but what they will not get is a role model. While I agree that Danny should have started out a bit on the weak side, she should have also grown in character and not stay the same. If she had been role model she would have shown how, you can be who you truly are and fight adversity..... not hide from it.

    The other big problem is, most of its secondary characters are stereotypical, one note and are only there to show how mean the world can be. You have the former best friend who cant cope with her change. His reaction to her change makes little sense and its hard to see why he is acting the way he does. On a side note Danny when he acts like a ass to her, Danny responds by threatening to expose a body issue he has shared with her in confidence. Seeing as Danny has had to live with body image issues all her life this come of as both cruel and hypocritical. As for other characters you have the macho dad who has a temper and cant deal with Danny being a girl. You have the mother who is to weak to stand up to the father. You have a fellow hero who sets out to ruin her just because she is trans. While this might be realistic to a point, after all there are those out there who are that bigoted. The problem is this bigoted hero named Greywytch, ironically comes off like the wicked witch of west and not a real person.

    The only good thing I can say is, the narrator does a great job with the material she is given.

    My recommendation is to give this book a pass. I find it really sad to say that.... trans teens need good role models they can identify with.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 07-21-17
    Alex 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Shit good af"

    I cried like twenty times. Good shit. I'm gonna head to bed and cry some more.

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    natasha soudek 07-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreadnought = AWESOME!"

    I love this audiobook! It's soulful, fun, unique, fresh, and exciting. Thank you! Thank you!!!!!

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    Zac Hicks MADISON, NC, US 08-01-17
    Zac Hicks MADISON, NC, US 08-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Self-Obsessed Trans Hero makes Trans look bad"

    I never thought transgender folks might be transgender due to mental illness until I read this book. The sheer volume of I and Me statements is enough to make me queasy. The main character is so obsessed with herself that she ignores learning about herself, her friends, her relationships, the world around her or pretty much everything else. She basically spends the entire time going "I'm a girl!, that's what's important" while the world is imploding around her. The supportive characters all spend time saying extra nice things about her or using her like a lost child. Everyone who is against her is a characterization of overblown hostility and insanity who are so unimportant they aren't even voiced just described as saying stuff add adjective. The forced drama of omg he said this isn't that terrible really detracts from the story. Completely led by emotion she stumbles through getting the folks around her hurt while crying qoe is me the whole time. If I hadn't met and been around healthy well adjusted transgender as a UU I would think they are all nuts after reading this book.

    That being said the narrator is very good. I wouldn't have been able to get through the story otherwise.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    5/26/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved this book. I eagerly await volume two. Great story and brilliant trans heroine written well

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