Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Publisher: Switch Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Pages: 304
Source: BEA 2015
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy. --Goodreads

Lois Lane is a girl with some sass, about to enter, yet another, high school.  A high school where some things don’t seem quite right.  Take the Warheads, for instance, this group of students who finish each other’s sentences and can play mind games with others.  It is definitely not normal.  When Lois Lane hears about the principal’s refusal to help a bullied student, she is determined to get to the bottom of what is happening in Metropolis.  With the help of her newfound job as a student journalist and her best friend, SmallvilleGuy, she uncovers the truth.

Who needs Superman when you have Lois Lane?  Superman takes a back seat in this fabulous tale about Lois Lane and her ability to save the day!

This is not only a book for super hero lovers, this is a book for everyone.  You don’t have to be familiar with Superman’s story to enjoy what Gwenda Bond has done here.

She has taken these old, loved characters and updated them to the media age.  Superman, himself, is kept a mystery—both from Lane and the readers.  We only know him by his avatar in a virtual-reality game and a screenname, SmallvilleGuy.  With Bond keeping him a secret, it builds the mystery and blossoming friendship (and maybe more).  It keeps readers on the edge of their seats, questioning when will Superman make his appearance, for real? 

But this story is not about Superman.  It’s about Lois Lane.  And how she can save the day without super powers.  It is the ultimate girl power story.  Something that Bond made very evident in Fallout was that Lane and SmallvilleGuy were equals which is something you do not get in a lot of the superhero stories, even today.  It was a fantastic, clever move.  Lois Lane can easily be compared to strong female characters like Katness Everdeen (The Hunger Games) and Tris (Divergent).  However, there is something Bond brought to Lane that a lot of the other strong characters lack.  Lois Lane was given a voice—sass, spunk, sarcasm.  A lot of the strong characters we know from other series are pushed into developing into a strong character; they start as shy—content in their roles—girls until something pushes them out of their bubble.  With Lois Lane, she had a voice—she was strong—right from the beginning.  Her spunky voice captivated readers deeper into the story.

The story was amazing.  There was not one dull moment.  Every moment kept me reading further, unable to stop. 

Overall, Fallout was a perfect beginning.  I can’t wait until the sequel releases!  Bond could go in so many different directions with it; I am not sure what to expect.  I look forward to reading more about Lois Lane and her other adventures.  If you are looking to read a fantastic book with a strong lead and riveting plot, pick up Lois Lane: FalloutSuperman may be able to see through your socks but Lois Lane will be able to blow them right off!

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  1. I didn't know I wanted to read this book until now. I really didn't give it much of a look to know what it was about. I am excited for it now. great review.