SciFi Book Review: Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane: Fallout 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.

Lois Lane is one of my favorite fictional characters. I even named my dog after her. She’s brave, smart, strong, and will go to any lengths to get to the truth. And like her future colleague, she feels the need to protect the weak. So, when I saw that she was the central character in this new series, I knew I had to read it. And while there is mention of “SmallvilleGuy” he’s really only in the background. Lois Lane is the star here.

Fallout is a mystery novel with a modern-day, teenage Lois Lane. Blending science fiction, mystery, and adventure – this was pure fun from beginning to end. From the well-developed characters to the interesting communication with the mysterious “SmallvilleGuy”, teens and adults alike will appreciate this fantastic DC Comics novelization. And I hope there are many more to come.

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