The biggest split between reading YA as a YA and reading it as an adult is the transition from wanting fictional characters to be your mom, and wanting to be their mom. There is no fictional child I would want to save from the world more than Sovereign's Danny, aka Dreadnought, infinitely powerful teen superheroine currently holding the world together by threads--or, the lattice, the web of energetic connections holding the fabric of the universe together. Said universe, not contented with the first book's wave of horrors, graces the brilliant teen with monstrous libertarians, hideous mercenaries, the nastiest couple of gene donors I've met in YA lit, and a T/E/RF.
Since I know this is a selling point with my audience: the T/E/RF dies at the end.
But beyond the cartoonish hideous violence and the unstoppable horrors, there is the question of: what makes a hero? Is there any action, and its equal reaction, that you, the hero, could never come back from? And what does it mean when you fall in love with your best friend, who is also the leader of your superhero squad?
Sovereign is a unique treasure, rich in representation, full of action and also deep wonderings on the makings of a superhero--especially in the superhero culture that permeates their world, one where government sanction and renegade do-gooders with super powers collide, and where the latest super gadgetry debuts at a Biannual Superhero World Con. Yes, of course, you should be reading this, if you love YA, superheros, #ownvoices, any combo thereof.