Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lois Lane Fallout (Lois Lane #1) by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane has just moved to Metropolis.  She's determined to keep her head down and her nose out of trouble this time, but on her first day of school, she realizes her plans aren't going to work out.  First, she gets recruited as a reporter for The Daily Scoop, an online high school newspaper sponsored by The Daily Planet.  Then, she's confronted with a student who's being bullied by a crew of of kids known as The Warheads.  The Warheads are disturbingly in sync, apparently due to Worlds War Three, a 3-D reality simulation game, and are up to something more than just recruiting people into their unit in the game.  Lois knows something weird is going on, and after what she saw in Kansas one night, she knows weird.  

It took me foreverrrrrr to read this book.  I'm not actually sure why because I enjoyed the book, it just wasn't as attention grabbing as I'd hoped it would be.  The idea (and the cover) is really cool.  You have high school Lois Lane and her obvious beginnings of a relationship with Superman (who she knows as SmallvilleGuy, an online man of many secrets).  What I liked about high school Lois was that she was a lot more bad ass than the Lois Lane that I know from comics and movies.  Sure, she was always a girl with good instincts and plenty of common sense, but she also seemed to be a little bit of a damsel in distress as well.  In this book, she's the rock star.  She needs and/or wants help at certain times in the investigation, but she's not helpless... and if help doesn't come, she's totally prepared to go it alone.  I loved that about her.

What I didn't like about Lois was that she wasn't someone I wanted to be friends with.  She wasn't personable in that way for me.  She was all rough edges and harsh stances, but I never felt FEELING from her except very slight insecurity about SmallvilleGuy.  I was kind of wishing that some other romance would develop for her so that she could show more of herself.  Especially since it was obvious SmallvilleGuy was unavailable.  I was also hoping for some sort of twist... a friend that turned out to be a traitor or some other major surprise element, but nothing surprising really happened.  From the beginning it was pretty clear what The Warheads were up to, and it was just a matter of time before Lois would stop them.  I wanted a twist, and sadly didn't get one.

I thought it was a fun book to read.  I definitely would tell anyone thinking about reading it to do so.  Especially if you're into the Superman stories.  I feel like this series has major potential to go somewhere cool, so I think I will definitely look into the future books, but I still can't help but wish this one excited me more.

OVERALL: A book that I liked, but didn't love.  Lois Lane was a bad ass, but she wasn't very personable.  It was fun to read, but it didn't make me feel anything in any real way.  The series has potential, so I think I will read more, and I would recommend people to give it a try if they are interested.

This Book Contains:
  • The Daily Planet
  • Lois Lane
  • Lots of tech gadgets
  • Metropolis
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • Greed
  • Not much romance
  • Bullying
  • Military stuff
  • Unexplained phenomena

My Rating: 2.5/4

Date Published: 5/1/2015
How I got this book: BEA
Publisher: Switch Press

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  1. Hmm I've been torn between really wanting to read this book and being really nervous about not liking it since I love Lois Lane as a comic character. I'm sad to hear she didn't seem personable in the book.

    1. I think you should definitely read it!! You're so knowledgable about comics that you would have great insights to share!!

  2. Hmmm. I have heard good things about this one and I am hoping to read it. I like that Lois isn't the damsel in distress anymore but it's kind of too bad that she was a little too prickly. I usually don't mind that but the lack of surprises is more worrisome. It seems like it would be a good mystery. Great review.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  3. Ahhh, I was so excited to read this book, too. I'm all for books about superheroes and supervillains, as long as they are executed and presented in such a kickass and amazing way (Vicious by V.E. Schwab, anyone? That book was so epic in mindblowing proportions!). So sad that this one was pretty lackluster :(

    Faye at The Social Potato

  4. Thanks for reviewing this book, Michelle. I have been on the fence about reading it; the book sounds awesome but something has never quite caught my eye about it. Do you think you would read book ?

    1. I think it's worth reading. It's cute and fun, but there was just something missing for me.

  5. BOO! Sorry that this didn't work out. I have had it on my wish list for a while, because I have always thought Lane was more interesting than Superman. She had a pretty awesome backstory.

  6. Yeah, that's really a shame. On one hand it's great that Lois was a take charge, strong heroine but if you can't relate to her and she never seems vulnerable, it is hard to establish a connection.