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Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (4 stars)

First read of 2016!

Fallout by Gwenda Bond
Series: Lois Lane #1
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Sci-fi, Mystery
Published on May 1, 2015
Published by Switch Press
Final Rating: 4 stars
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.

I have a longstanding love of superhero stories dating back to elementary school Saturday morning cartoons. I typically love them most in cartoon or movie form, where the action and movement is actually in motion, but I'm happy to say Lois Lane: Fallout is a successful adaptation.

This Lois is a modern day teenager looking to blend in at her new school...until she spots trouble and changes her plan. Which takes about two minutes. Then, she's overcome by the character's classic journalistic instincts and a stubborn determination to find and reveal the truth. Her character reminded me of another intrepid journalist incarnation who would do anything to break a story wide open--Lois from the 1990's "Superman: The Animated Series" (minus the short skirt).

The synopsis hints at a young Superman's involvement in the story and, while I won't spoil exactly how, I thought the way the author included him and the role he plays were clever and worked well without taking away any focus from our protagonist. Although, let's be honest, Lois always stole the spotlight from Superman without even trying, so that's not a problem. ;)

There has to be a certain suspension of disbelief, especially since we're dealing with teenage reporters, but I had little trouble pushing those questions to the background. The plot is tense and suspenseful, the characters are good, and the mystery keeps you going. If you're a fan of Lois Lane or just looking to try superheroes in prose form, I recommend picking up Fallout


  1. Interesting, I've seen this cover around, but never really read the synopsis and had no clue it was Louis Lane, I thought that was the author's name. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Samantha! Haha, I guess I'm such a geek, I didn't even think about people not recognizing Lois Lane's name from the Superman stories, but you're right; it does look like that could be the author's name.

  2. Pretty high praise from you! I've seen it on the shelf at the library, but haven't yet picked it up. Your recommendation might push it a bit further up the list :)

    1. Thanks, Alyssa! I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up. :)