Lois Lane: Fallout
by Gwenda Bond
♦publisher: Switch Press
♦release date: May 1st
♦hardcover, 304 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Lois Lane, book 1
♦source: from publisher for honest review
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.
Review: Lois Lane has always been one of the great comic book heroines and finally she steps out from behind a certain red cape and into the limelight! Fallout is absolute fun and so entertaining.
We get to meet teenage Lois, independent, gutsy, curious, and as outspoken as we've ever known her, but we also go along for the ride as she deals with the constant moving and challenge to make connections that comes along with being an army brat. No matter what she's promised her dad, she just can't seem to keep her head down and her mouth from sticking up for someone in need. I loved the way her character starts out sort of resigned to the fact that she just can't connect with people and soon finds herself opening up to this new group that she's been plunged into the middle of. Each character was unique and interesting and rang true.
Though the villainous goings-on seem a little over the top or even a bit cheesy at times, it felt like a perfect homage to the style of the original comics---a mind-melded group of kids wreaking havoc, big-money corporations coming up with sinister science-fictiony ways to take over the world. Can't you just see Superman or Spiderman swooping in to stop this evil plot? But it's not! It's Lois and her awesome crew of new friends and fellow junior reporters! :) I love how the story was brought into modern times with the plot revolving around high tech interactive gaming.
There is, of course, a little maybe-romance going on with Lois and her mysterious online friend, SmallvilleGuy. Though Lois toils over wanting to know more about who he is and if he feels the same way she does, I liked that they kept this as a side story and kept the main focus on Lois and her clever mystery solving and junior reporting skills! Still, I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses in future books!
Definitely pick this up if you are in the mood for a fun and quick summer read!