SciFi Book Review: Lois Lane: Double Down

Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

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.

Double Down is the second installment in this Lois Lane series for young readers. Lois is a high school student who works part time as a student reporter for the Daily Planet. She is the same young woman from the comics – loyal, smart, fearless, with plenty of gumption.

This story involves her friend’s twin sister and a mysterious medical experiment that happens to tie into a conspiracy involving another friend’s father. The story is fun, fast-paced, and a great mystery with a science fiction twist. It’s loaded with suspense, drama, humor, and a bit of romance (even if it is online with a certain “SmallvilleGuy). I love reading about strong, female leads; and Lois Lane is one of my top favorites (my dog is her namesake). This series is a great reinvention of the character in her early years in a slightly futuristic setting.

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