Nemesis #1

April Daniels

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous emotional inspiring fast-paced

280 pages | first published 2017

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 much 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.

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adventurous 82%
emotional 68%
inspiring 45%
tense 35%
hopeful 33%
funny 19%
challenging 11%
dark 11%
sad 11%
reflective 7%
lighthearted 1%


fast 70%
medium 29%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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