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Fallout
     

Fallout

4.8 9
by Gwenda Bond, Bob Lentz (Other)
 

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Lois Lane is new to Metropolis, and this time, the teenager is determined to fit in. But almost as soon as she walks into her new high school, it becomes clear that it won't be easy. Kids known as the Warheads are making another girl insane, and Lois, with her snazzy new job at the Daily Planet, might be the only person who can stop them . . .

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Lois Lane is new to Metropolis, and this time, the teenager is determined to fit in. But almost as soon as she walks into her new high school, it becomes clear that it won't be easy. Kids known as the Warheads are making another girl insane, and Lois, with her snazzy new job at the Daily Planet, might be the only person who can stop them . . .

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, April 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 1) - Debbie Wenk
After witnessing a fellow student get the brush off from the principal on submitting a complaint about bullying, Lois decides to help the victimized girl. She stumbles into a job with the Daily Planet as a journalist for an online teen magazine and uses her position to get to the bottom of the problem, to expose who is truly responsible for the bullying and why the principal is protecting them. Things become complicated and involve gaming, psychological coercion, and a rogue tech company, as well as the smarmy principal. Bond has created a contemporary teenaged Lois Lane who communicates online with a guy whose chat room moniker is “Smallville Guy.” Anyone with any knowledge of the Superman story will know who that is. Lois and Smallville Guy have formed a firm friendship, although Lois has more than just friendly feelings for him. This is story with a strong female protagonist. Lois is smart and gutsy. She tries to go it alone—thinking she is protecting her newfound friends—but eventually realizes that it is better to trust your friends. The plot is well paced; the reader is immediately pulled into the story and taken for an enjoyable ride. A bit of romance, plenty of adventure, and intrigue add up to a tale that will engage most teen readers. Although the main story is resolved, enough threads are left hanging to indicate further Lois Lane stories are to come. Reviewer: Debbie Wenk; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
02/01/2015
Gr 7–10—Sixteen-year-old Lois Lane, daughter of decorated army general Sam Lane, has promised that this move to a new city, Metropolis, will be different—her goals are to stay out of trouble and make friends. Unfortunately, trouble seems to be her middle name and she easily finds it at her new school when she overhears a conversation between a student and Principal Butler regarding incidents of bullying. Lois, unhappy with the principal's response to the situation, vows to investigate, and a chance meeting with editor Perry White of the Daily Planet allows her the perfect opportunity. She discovers that the bullies, the Warheads, are gamers and part of a research project. With the help of secretive SmallvilleGuy, Lois's online "friend," and her peers, she eventually infiltrates the research lab. This somewhat plausible tale of bullying, mind-control, and gaming, with a hint of alien activity, steadily builds, but regrettably comes to an unimpressive conclusion. Students inclined to make things right in the world may relate to the protagonist, and will most likely be willing to overlook any flaws. VERDICT A Superman prequel that doesn't quite get its feet off the ground.—Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-02-16
A teen reporter busts a cyberbullying ring at her new school in Metropolis. Lois Lane is new in town, and she's doing her best to keep her head down and her nose clean. Her Army general father is hoping to make their family's stay in Metropolis permanent, and Lois doesn't want to jeopardize that. She joins the Daily Scoop, a teen subsidiary of the Daily Planet, in an effort to make friends. Of course, trouble always has a way of finding Lois Lane. This first entry in a planned series gets plenty right. Lois is as fully rounded as she is in the comics, headstrong, smart, capable, and equipped with a solid moral compass. Bond (Girl on a Wire, 2014, etc.) provides her with plenty of interesting supporting characters to bounce off, establishing a world worthy of a series. Bond also resists the fan-service urge: there's no mention of Gotham, the Waynes, Lex Luthor, Central City, or any other landmark DC icon. The one big connection Bond makes is a playful one: Lois' online pal goes by the name "SmallvilleGuy," and few readers will not put the pieces together quickly regarding his true identity. Bond plays with their knowledge though, effectively turning this eye-roll-worthy quirk into a knowing smile, similar to the one Supes gives to viewers at the end of many a comic book and film. This lighthearted and playful tone permeates the novel, making for a nifty investigative mystery akin to Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Readers are in for a treat. A spectacular prose start for DC Comics' spectacular lady. (Fiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781630790066
Publisher:
Switch Press
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Series:
Lois Lane Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
122,426
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. 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 gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.

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Fallout 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
otten_msu More than 1 year ago
This book would be great for teen or tweens, especially girls. But I'm a 31-year-old male and I really enjoyed it, too! It's a nicely paced book with a very well drawn main character in the high school aged Lois Lane, who is curious, tenacious, and a loyal friend with some biting wit. There are nice interactions between Lois and her Scoop crew, as well. I also appreciated that the book tackled relevant themes such as bullying and immersive technology. I also loved the connection to SmallvilleGuy, someone who the reader knows is a teen Clark Kent but who Lois is still learning about. But they have a nice relationship. The conclusion came about a bit rapidly, but overall a very fun read. I look forward to the sequel, Double Down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gwenda Bond has wrote a great teenage Lois for the modern world. A smart sassy Lois, a mysterious Clark , and Lois ' s nose for a good story. I picked it up in hardcover after reading about the book on Chuck Wendig 's site and as a forty something comic reader can't say enough about how Gwenda got Lois right like all of my favorite comic writers takes on her. If you need a good role model for your teens you can not go wrong. I want the book to sell well because I would love to see a sequel or two. Great job Gwenda , keep up the amazing work.
MayaK46 More than 1 year ago
I began Fallout with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I love Lois Lane and I was really worried the book wouldn’t capture the Lois I see in my head. Me of little faith! Fallout exceeds everything I hoped it would be. Bond has captured Lois’s voice, infusing her with the Lois Lanes who have come before yet creating a fresh character with her own purpose. This is the story of a teenage Lois who has just relocated to Metropolis. She’s an army brat who has moved around a lot but now her family plans to put down roots. She has gotten in trouble at other schools because of her brash personality so this time she wants to keep a low profile and start fresh. She creates a list of all the things she wants to do differently and it’s heartfelt, touching and charming. Bond shows her understanding of teenagers and the deep need for acceptance from their peers. Of course, this is Lois Lane, and no matter how much she wishes, she can’t change her personality. She is a curious young woman who bristles at injustice, and sure enough, on the very first day she witnesses bullying which completely derails her best intentions to keep out of trouble. Her best friend is “SmallvilleGuy”, an on-line friend whom she’s never met but they “talk” every day. Their instant messages add texture to the story. However, this is very much Lois’s story told through her eyes with Clark playing the supporting role. Their interactions however build the early foundation for the mutual love which will bind them when they grow up. Their conversations show their mutual respect for each other and Lois’s innocent and slightly insecure mild crushing on her friend is something almost every teenager can relate to. There is one particularly sweet conversation after a misunderstanding between the two which, instead of devolving in to angst, captures the delicate emotions of that age where everything feels larger than life. The way they talk it through made my heart sigh. I did want to ask Lois to stop pushing Clark to tell her more than he could but she did it in such a way that was true to her character and she wouldn’t be who she was otherwise. Their friendship is filled with the energy of young exhilaration when possibilities seem limitless and there is the promise of something bigger on the horizon. I love Lois’s internal dialogue throughout the story. Bond gets in her head and shows us the young woman behind the bravado. We see her vulnerability and her caring heart and can understand why she makes the choices she does. I love how she bulldozes her way in to a group of friends who at first don’t know what to make of her but end up becoming loyal supporters. I highly recommend Fallout. My teenage daughter needed a book for her weekly reading log and I gave her this, she loved it. She has to create a poster at the end of the grading period for her favorite book. She told me so far Fallout is her top pick. I was thrilled to recently learn that a sequel is in the works and schedule for release the spring of 2016. Double Down. I can't wait to read it.
PluperfectNemo More than 1 year ago
When I was young, I loved Nancy Drew books. Nancy was inquisitive and never backed away from finding the truth and helping people. She’d have made a good reporter. With this book, Switch Press has released what I dearly hope is to be but the first in a series by Gwenda Bond. According to her website, this will be her 4th book, and I read it from an uncorrected advance proof. It’s very good indeed. It's a light blend of genres in the YA (Young Adult) category, and as such is obviously more sophisticated than the pre-adolescent/tween-level Nancy Drew series of old. However, the Lois Lane we encounter in Fallout is a teen figuring her way through a constantly-changing life in yet another new 21st century high school. Though younger than we’re used to, this is a familiar Lois: army brat, fiercely independent, loyal, concerned about fairness and truth, and not all that concerned about proper spelling. As a teen, she’s also trying to fit in with her new peers after moving to Metropolis. There’s a dash of many of the various Loises we’ve known throughout her long, rich history in multiple media, but I pictured a young Erica Durance. The setting, judging from the video game technology evident in the book, is the very near future. The cast revolves around family, classmates and coworkers in her new job, and an online friend she knows only as “SmallvilleGuy,” and her evolving relationships with all of them. Honestly, I think this is my all-time favorite portrayal of Lois’ relationship with her father - before later tensions we’ve seen elsewhere. We see just how similar in personality they are, though they have very different outlooks. It’s extremely nuanced, for all that it moves at a swift pace and is a fast read - because you simply do not want to put it down once you’ve started it. Once you have finished it, you’re hungry for more. Best of all, this book is for everyone - long-time Lois Lane fans and someone who may never have heard of her. It’s engaging, smart, and fun. I’m looking forward to rereading the final draft in the printed book. I have to check out Gwenda Bond’s other books, too.
Cornreviewsbooks 10 months ago
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Supermen, I mean his cool and all, but Lois Lane is way cooler so when I found out she had her own book were she was the hero and Superman was the sidekick I was exited and I had to read it. The characters are definitely the best part there all fantastic Lois is obviously the most fantastic this is her story after all she’s snarky, determined and generally awesome I loved her adorable conversations with SmallevillGuy I couldn’t stop smiling at their cuteness. I did have some problems with the story everything seemed to easy and unrealistic. I liked the fast pace, I love the writing its a very fun quick read and even though the story wasn’t amazing the character were so it was very enjoyable and I’m definitely going to read the next books I want to read about all the adventures that are in store for Lois and her friends.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
Fallout is a fun read with mystery and great characters. I loved this! Lois Lane is a character I never felt a connection with in the movies or the TV shows. But with Fallout I finally get to see what she’s all about and I love her! A teenage Lois Lane is smart, spunky and wants to save the world (or at least the teens around her). She can’t turn a blind eye when she knows an injustice is happening. In Fallout we see her in action as she transfers to a new school. On her first day of school Lois hears the cry of a troubled student and is determined to help her out. She meets Perry White, the editor of The Daily Planet, and lands a part-time job at the newspaper. For her first assignment she focuses on the trouble at school but in turn gets in trouble herself. Lois has the best intentions but her plans don’t always go that great. But with the help of her new friends and a special online friend (known only as SmallvilleGuy) a plan to save the day is forged. Fallout is a perfect combination of mystery and fun moments so I couldn’t put this down. Author Gwenda Bond is a creative storyteller and I loved everything about this book. I can’t wait to read the next book Double Down and go on another adventure with Lois and her pals.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Throughout this story, Gwenda Bond does a great job of giving readers a view of what Lois Lane was like as a teenager. In this novel, Lois Lane begins her career as a reporter at the famous Daily Planet. Unfortunately, she wouldn't be working for the actual Daily Planet, but down in the 'morgue', with the Daily Scoop staffers. In this story, Lois is new to the town of Metropolis and is eager to fit in. However, on her first day she realized that life has something completely different planned for her. Within the short period of time that she has been in the city, she soon realizes that something is mysterious with a group known as the Warheads. With the help of her friends at the Daily Planet and her online friend only known as 'SmallvilleGuy', she is able to solve the mystery of the Warheads. I would recommend this book for preteens to young adults that are interested in Lois Lane and reading more about her as a teenager. I enjoyed this novel and I'm looking forward to reading other books by Gwenda Bond. This book was a great read and I enjoyed every second of it! Review by Grace P. Age 14. Mensa 76
terferj More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a likeable book. I found it easy to follow and to get into. Lois Lane very much reminded me of the Lois from Smallville, the wonderful show that I used to watch and love. Lois is gutsy, determined, sneaky, clever, and had an undeniable talent to find trouble and uncover the truth. I liked the craziness that she did to discover what was going on. She did some ballsy things. I liked her friendship with SmallvilleGuy. We all know who it is but I like the secrecy of his identity. And maybe it will be revealed later in the series who he is to Lois? Here’s hoping anyway. I like how she’s trying to build friendships with her classmates/co-workers especially since she never tried before because of moving so much. I’m hoping there will be more of them in the next book. I can’t wait to see what she uncovers in the next book. Here’s hoping it will just as good or better.
Riptorn41 More than 1 year ago
I don't remember the last time I burned through a book this quickly. Gwenda Bond drops us into the Superman mythos, taking us on an amazing romp through Lois Lane's introduction to Metropolis after moving all over the country with her Army Dad and family. I fully expected this to be an exploration into Lois that deviated from Superman canon and wrote a new Smallville and Metropolis into being...but instead, I feel like that entire universe has been somehow filled in more, and all through Lois. The characters are fantastically written, the world well filled in, and I walked away loving Lois and 'SmallvilleGuy' even more than I did before. If you like good books, put this on your to be read pile. If you like Smallville, or Superman stories or just awesome female leads, stand in line and buy this when it comes out in May. This ARC was given to me by Gwenda Bond and Switch Press Publications via a giveaway.