Let’s Read #1

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña–Chapters 1-4. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

The story starts with a everyday kind of vibe with Clark meeting up with classmates in the rain. I could feel and hear the rain thanks to the description, and I like how the story starts out with just a normal day. You don’t think anything weird is happening. Even when something eventually happens, it seems easy to dismiss.

I enjoy how the story shows the thoughts of Clark. He doesn’t want to use his powers because every time he does someone gets injured. I like the portrayal of this conflict within him. He doesn’t want to use his powers; but when there’s trouble, it describes him using his powers almost like this force that takes him over. I also like how his powers are described: almost like lightning that shoots through him or a powerful force. There’s even this point where it almost sounds like it is this force that breaks a shovel and not physical strength.

Within the first four chapters you can see Clark’s struggle with his powers and hints towards the book’s plot. The story doesn’t start off slow but doesn’t throw you right into the action. It is kind of like the beginning of a roller coaster.

What are your thoughts on the book (no spoilers please)? Let’s talk in the comments section.


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