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"Fallout (Lois Lane)"

Published by: Switch Press (May 2015)

Reviewed by: Steve Younis

Fallout (Lois Lane) Doesn't matter how old I get, I've always enjoyed reading Young Adult novels. From "The Hardy Boys", "Secret Seven", "Fantastic Five", "Nancy Drew", "Trixie Belden" and through to Harry Potter, the stories of smart, young adventurers out to solve a mystery and right wrongs has always been something I've enjoyed reading about.

You can now add Lois Lane to that list.

"Fallout (Lois Lane)" by author Gwenda Bond is an extremely enjoyable read. It tells the story of a young Lois Lane who has just moved to Metropolis with her family (her mother, her father General Sam Lane, and her sister Lucy). The problem is, Lois hasn't always made things easy for herself. As an army brat, having moved all over the place, Lois never really fit in... mostly because she can't help but get herself into trouble.

When I read the synopsis below, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect:

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. Agroup 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...

The thing is, the synopsis doesn't really do the book justice. The story has so much depth to it. Lois is such a likeable character, and her relationship with "SmallvilleGuy" is a lot more interesting than it sounds. He's actually pivotal to the story, and brings the Superman element to the story that you might not think is there if you just read the synopsis and nothing more.

Lois' relationship with other characters in the book really flesh out her character. We follow along as Lois tackles real world issues, such as bullying, but with a high-tech futuristic element to it. We also find Lois at a point in her life where she hasn't even considered journalism as something she wants to do, until she is introduced to Perry White and visits the Daily Planet for the first time.

"Fallout" really is an enjoyable book, for young people, older readers, and Superman fans in general. There's something in it for everyone. Each time I put it down to take a break, I found myself looking forward to the next time I would be able to get back to it to pick up where I left off.

Hopefully this isn't a one-off deal. I'd really like to see future books in a Lois Lane series.

Buy "Fallout (Lois Lane)" by Gwenda Bond at the Superman Homepage Online Store.

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