Lois Lane: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) 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.
I’m not a huge fan of Lois Lane, but I love superman and I read a blog by the author, Bond, over on Chuck Wendig’s website and I thought it sounded interesting. I fell in love with the cover, I read half of the kindle sample, and then I decided I had to own this book in hardback.
First off, the quality of the actual book is great. The slipcover is cool and the cover under that looks just as good. The paper is white, not the normal cream color, and because of that the words just pop off of the page.
Next, the book itself is really good. I’m always wary of YA books because you never know when you’re going to have to deal with the stupid emotions of teenagers and all their “issues.” Thankfully there was almost none of that in this book and what little there was, was completely acceptable and actually went with the story. There was no made up issues with boys or adults treating them unfairly just because they’re adults. The book was about real issues, involving bullying in hologames. Err.. Real issues with a cool twist.
I want a hologame now! Give it to me. I must wage war!!!!!
Anyway, halfway through the book I was dreading finishing it and wishing I had started the series when a couple more were already written. Goodreads has it listed as a series, but a quick internet search gave me nothing on the publishers website or the authors. My hope is that Bond is already locked in a room somewhere writing the sequel and that DC is telling her she can have whatever she wants. That’s the dream, we’ll see what happens.
Fallout was one of those books that while reading I told myself this is a solid four star, I really like it, but it’s missing something extra to push it to love. However, as I wrote my review and started to really think about the book my love grew for it. I’m still withholding the full five stars, but it is definitely more than a four.