I don’t remember buying this book. I don’t remember where I first encountered it, either, but it must have impressed me, as I must have pre-ordered it immediately. I got a notification from Amazon that it had been shipped and actually had to look it up to figure out what it was. And then I read the blurb and I was like, oh, right, this is definitely something I want to read.
I can’t call this the first great book I’ve read in 2017– it’s the third, actually– but one of those three was a kids’ book and the other was the third book in a trilogy. So is it okay if I call this the first new hotness of the year? It’s my blog, so yeah, it is.
This is one of those books where the premise will let you know right away whether you should buy the book or not: Daniel Tozer is a fifteen-year-old boy who happens to be the closest person when the world’s greatest superhero is killed, and he inherits the powers of that superhero, Dreadnought, when he dies.
And the first thing Dreadnought’s new powers do is remake Daniel’s body into the perfect body Daniel has always wanted. Which means that Daniel becomes Danielle, and wakes up with unimaginable power and a woman’s body.
So that’s the first three pages, and there we go from there. The broader beats of the story are sorta predictable, and you can probably imagine several of the complications that work their way into the story– friends, parents, a superteam that may not be what Danny thinks they are, and another high school friend who turns out to be a hero too. The worldbuilding is solid (this is the first book of a series, so there’s room for not everything to be explained) and the action is solidly written– as fascinating as the premise is, you absolutely have to be able to nail action sequences to properly write a superhero novel, and Daniels excels at it.
So, whoever it was that turned me on to this book (Charlie Jane Anders blurbs it, so maybe it was her?), thank you. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and you should go read Dreadnought right the hell now.