This fresh take on an iconic character is simply put a great read. Quickly paced with believable dialogue and an interesting plot, it doesn’t pander to its intended YA audience and instead has a feel of a Buffy or Veronica Mars story arc.
We meet Lois, the perennial new girl, her first day at Metropolis High. And what an auspicious day it is. A run-in with the Principal, a chance encounter with her future boss, a mystery too good to pass up, and all before first period. This new start is Lois’ chance to fly straight, not make waves, to finally fit in. But that mystery? It really is too good to pass up.
The mystery surrounds an intelligent together student who claims she’s being bullied, by a group of students known as the Warheads, inside her mind? And the fact that the school administration is remarkably at ease with the situation is another red flag. Add to that the Warheads are totally creeping Lois out, and seem to frighten some of the teachers, and you’ve got a situation Lois can’t pass up.
It would be a strong book if that were the only story thread to follow but Gwen gives us a few more. Lois, being at the right place at the right time may have just found her life long career. And that lucky break is giving her the resources she needs to investigate the weird goings on at Metropolis High as well as introducing her to some pretty nice students. Could the itinerant Army brat have finally found some friends as well?
Notice the conspicuous absence of Nancy Drew references? That’s due to the fact that Lois has a quality I seemed to find lacking in most of the literary female heroes I’ve read in the past. Writer Gwen Bond gives us a Lois whose mind, and mouth, may be too quick for her own good but who is also a layered interesting teen. She feels real. Even some of our contemporary heroines of tv and movies suffer from the two-dimensionality of constant myopic for lack of a better word, complaining. Lois’ inner monologue, while definitely focused on her current situation, is peppered with thoughts about remembering to have a movie night with her little sister, noticing her Dad’s lack of adornments on his uniform, making sure her mysterious internet friend isn’t some creepy dude pretending to be a teen. Her inner voice maintains a good balance of teen angst and a person truly concerned about her friends and the world around her.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. As a former bookstore employee, a Grammar and High school student who did the required reading, and as the father of a nine year old girl, I can tell you this book hits all the right notes, teaches all the right lessons, and is entertaining and really well written.
Lois Lane Fallout gets Five out of Five stars.
Want to learn more? Or just buy the book? Head over to author Gwenda Bond’s page for links, her twitter, info on upcoming novels (including the next Lois book!), and more… gwendabond.com
Also, head over to the Switch Press / Capstone young readers site for two exclusive prequel stories!
Lois Lane: Fallout
Author: Gwenda Bond
Series: Lois Lane
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Switch Press (May 1, 2015)
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on twitter. – bio courtesy of gwendabond.com