Lois Lane: Fallout (2015) is a young adult novel, the first of a YA series, by Gwenda Bond. Published by Switch Press.

Lois Lane steps out from behind Superman’s shadow in this fast-paced, high-adrenaline tale of intrigue and bravery.

From acclaimed author Gwenda Bond comes a contemporary reimagining of teenage Lois Lane. She’s an Army brat who’s moved more times than she can count with her father, General Sam Lane. But now they’re in Metropolis for good, and Lois is determined to fly straight. Stay quiet. Fit In. maybe make a friend. 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 video game 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 even she needs help sometimes. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy . . .


Erica Durance as Lois Lane in Smallville

My thoughts… Lois Lane: Fallout is the first book in a new young adult series by Gwenda Bond that follows the adventures of the Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter as an Army brat teenager starting her latest new life in the big city of Metropolis with her family. Lois Lane is smart, bold and committed to the pursuit of truth and justice – even at 16 years old! Perry White recognizes those qualities in Lois after meeting her for the first time, by chance, on her first day at East Metropolis High. He offers her a job as a reporter for the Daily Scoop – a “new online start-up” that the Daily Planet is doing for teens. She accepts, of course, and follows her nose for news to once promising student Anavi whom she fears will become “a brainless hive mind zombie hooked up to some kind of devil robotron in the basement of a secret lab”. Huh? Well, the young reporter’s first scoop involves a group of creepy, black-clad students known as the Warheads who play a high-tech virtual reality video game called Worlds War Three and weirdly act as a single unit inside and outside the game. To make matters worse, the Warheads are trying to assimilate Anavi, a skilled Worlds player, into their Borg-like collective by messing with her mind at school. Lois soon finds that what appeared at first to be bullying is possibly something more sinister. She unravels the mystery with the help of her fellow Scoop staff members as well as her mysterious online “friend” known to Lois as SmallvilleGuy.

Maddy is my favorite of the Scoop staff members – other than Lois, that is! Maddy is the Scoop’s style editor – but not by choice. She wanted to be the music critic. She always wears t-shirts emblazoned with the names of bands that Lois seemingly never heard of. Maddy has a crush on privileged Scoop staffer James Worthington “the Third”. James, however, has a thing for Maddy’s twin sister, one of the popular girls at East Metropolis High. I really love the dynamic of identical twins who are seemingly opposites. Tech whiz Devin is also on the Scoop staff. Oh, and I’m sure you can guess who SmallvilleGuy really is!


Lois Lane in Superman: The Animated Series

Lois Lane: Fallout presents a delightfully fresh twist on DC’s iconic comic book heroine, “a superhero without any superpowers”, and delivers smart, thrilling fun! It’s like Veronica Mars meets Smallville with a bit of The X-Files! Next up: Lois Lane: Double Down (2016)! The sneak peek hints at possibly more Maddy!

Gwenda Bond, by the way, is adorable!