Double Down (Lois Lane Series #2)

Double Down (Lois Lane Series #2)

by Gwenda Bond

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Double Down (Lois Lane Series #2) by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy's twin collapses in a part of town she never should've been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in adangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630790394
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Lois Lane Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 342,142
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gwenda Bond isan author of the young adult books Girl on a Wire, The Woken Gods, and Blackwood. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, Locus, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, and has been a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition.She hasan MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts' program in writing for children and young adults.Gwenda lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie: Hemingway the Cat, Polydactyl, LLC; Miss Emma the Dog-Girl, CPA; and Puck the Puppy, INC.

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Double Down (Lois Lane Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MayaK46 More than 1 year ago
This book is a follow up to the extremely well received Fallout which I loved. Double Down does not disappoint and continues Bond’s winning streak writing Lois Lane. In this book Bond shows how well she understands the character, and, as in Fallout, re-imagines Lois as a 16 year old teenager. teenager. In doing so she captures the coltish nature of that age whereby we can see the woman we all know and love but with the insecurity of self that comes from being a teen. Double Down begins soon after the events in Fallout. Lois is now acclimating to Metropolis and to school. Bond brings in many familiar characters and elements from the Superman mythology. Readers of the comic books will recognize settings and people, however she cleverly and seamlessly integrates it all in to this world so it is transparent to those who don’t read the comics, like my daughter. In parallel to the story the Scoop gang are working on, Lois and SmallvilleGuy continue to virtually meet in the Worlds game every week. Their friendship continues to grow stronger and we see Lois’s vulnerability as she wonders if this is something more than a platonic friendship and does he wonder too? These are the tentative steps of teenagers who are not yet ready to understand the enormity of what will be a lifetime soulmate love and Bond captures the teenage emotional confusion well. Double Down gives SmalvilleGuy and Lois a side mystery to work out which could have dangerous consequences if they don’t figure out what is going on. SmallvilleGuy’s anxiety along with his deep trust in Lois is front and center. He can’t tell her why he is so bothered but he needs her and she shows an equal depth of trust as they work together. Bond is able to capture the Superman/Clark duality using the trappings of the Worlds virtual world instead of capes and glasses. With SmallvilleGuy’s increased presence in this book Bond is able to show how their different outlooks on the world balance each other. SmallvilleGuy’s nature is to see the good in people and trust unless proven otherwise. Lois’s nature is skeptical, one has to earn her trust and prove their intentions are good. This difference is put in stark contrast as they work together. Lois is extremely cautious and warns SmallvilleGuy not to trust blindly and warns him that not everybody is what they seem. SmallvilleGuy believes in the best intentions of people. The bond between SmallvilleGuy and Lois shines here. Bond is able to show that even as they don’t agree with the other, they are in sync and their first loyalty is to each other. Bond’s writing style lends nicely to telling a story which is familiar to most of us. She is able to bring in key elements of the larger mythology without bogging the reader down in extraneous details. This keeps the story flowing and the reader engaged. I believe Lois Lane fans, of which I am one, will fall in love with this story. Fans of Superman and Lois Lane as a couple will be charmed by their burgeoning relationship. There are so many moments which evoke the 78 years of their history together and it will make your heart sing. I strongly recommend this book but not only just for fans of the mythology. This is a story filled with mystery and intrigue but, like Fallout, filled with optimism and hope. This is a welcome respite from the dystopian nature that seems to prevail in some corners of the YA market. My advice to you is to don’t miss this story. You won’t be sorry.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Lois Lane: Double Down is my absolute favorite book of all time. Period. I have never read anything as intriguing as this. In my opinion, Gwenda Bond is an amazing and very talented writer. The minute I finished this book, which is the second in the series, I was already itching to pick up the first and third books. The main character, Lois Lane, who is 16 years old, has just moved to Metropolis and is adjusting to city life. She has made some new friends at her school and is enjoying her job as a reporter for the Scoop, which is part of the Daily Planet Newspaper. When Lois finds her best friend's sister collapsed in a dangerous part of town, she quickly finds herself in a tangled web of mysteries and ominous plots that she must solve in order to save her friends. On top of all of that, she is trying to cope with her relationship with her online crush, the SmallvilleGuy. Will Lois be able to handle it all and bring justice to those who have been wronged? Read this epic novel today! Reviewed by: Roksanna K, age 12, Broward Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though the climax wasn't that great, I still love the characters and the dialogues. Keep up the good work, Gwenda!
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Now that Lois is at home in Metropolis, she’s started finding a rhythm: enjoying her reporter job, interacting with her friends, flirting with SmallvilleGuy, and diving into another unexpected mystery. Lois doesn’t know much about her friend Maddy’s twin (other than the twins don’t get along), but when Maddy’s twin starts having weird, sickly episodes after a strange study, Lois senses something dark is happening. She soon finds herself getting deeper into the seedy underbelly of the city she’s learned to love. LOIS LANE: DOUBLE DOWN picks up from LOIS LANE: FALLOUT with Lois finally feeling a sense of home. However, as she starts to feel more at home, she also discovers more about the city and the many secrets it keeps. The mystery this time goes deep into corruption and serious crime, giving a darker edge to the story. Bond does a brilliant job of making Metropolis almost feel like a character itself, multifaceted and complex, as full of bright and shiny parts as neglected and struggling ones. The world seems to revolve around this one city, as is fitting since Lois’s own world is now settled there. Lois’s narration is even stronger than it was in the first book. Her voice makes the story shine. Since Lois investigates and searches for the truth, she spends a lot of time in her head figuring things out, and Bond expertly captures her inner dialogue. By the end of the story, it’s hard to not to feel that Lois is a friend. Her conversations with SmallvilleGuy are especially fun, and readers will find a very positive development in their growing interactions. The book also dives deeper into the lives and personalities of several of the secondary characters. Twins Maddy and Melody have a history of sibling dispute, and they have a strong subplot of navigating troubled waters as their lives become endangered. Readers will also get a bit more information on James and his home life, softening some of his hard edges. Overall, the secondary characters bring new layers to the story and give different examples of family lives. The Lois Lane books are not to miss. DOUBLE DOWN goes deeper and darker in plot and is even more addictive than the first book.
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
Unlike with the first book, I came prepared for this one by watching both Batman v. Superman and Man of Steel, in that order. My swoons for Clark and Lois started with the first book in this Lois Lane series, Fallout, and it was only further cemented by the super cute moments in the films, especially Batman v. Superman. This second book is even more romantically rewarding than Fallout, and my only fear is that this will be the last book in the series, meaning no more swoony times between SmallvilleGuy and SkepticGirl1. Nevertheless, there is so much more to these books than romance, and that's what I'm here to talk about. To keep myself from rambling and fangirling, I'm putting everything in list form - good news: there are only pros. 1. The gang is back, and better than ever. 2. As more details are explained about various characters such as Lois's father and sister, it's impossible not to connect everything back to the comics, or in my case, the tv shows. 3. Lois is so perfect, and I don't understand how anybody could fail to adore her. 4. Okay fine, I have to say it - the romance between Superman and Lois in this book just made my entire month. 5. The plot/mystery was just as intriguing, if not more, than it was in book one, and it pulls you in. Double Down is the sequel to Fallout that we've all been waiting for, and in fact, it's even better than its predecessor. I only hope that this series continues, because there's no such thing as too much Superman and Lois.
YAMixtape More than 1 year ago
I’ve never been a big Superman fan (I’m a bit of a Marvel fangirl), so if I’m being honest, I didn’t think I would really enjoy it. I wasn’t expecting to hate it or anything, but I didn’t think I’d be over the moon about it. Turns out I was wrong! I AM over the moon about Lois Lane. I LOVED the first book. It was fun, it didn’t lag and I liked how it brought Lois into our time as a teenager and felt fresh. I didn’t feel like I was reading a rehash of an older comic story. The way it brings Superman/Clark into the story was enjoyable too. Especially because it really did center on Lois and didn’t rely too much on Superman/Clark. Lois is awesome in this series. She feels like a new Veronica Mars, but different enough that she’s her own person. Lois Lane: Double Down is a great continuation of the world she’s created for Lois. I was curious about how the new story Lois would be working on would play out. Not that it’s a weird story or anything. Let me explain. I feel like as a reader, if the books you’re reading stick to a certain format (in this case a mystery), that it can be too easy to see the pattern and figure things out way ahead of time, especially when there’s more than the one book. But that didn’t happen here. We’re seeing things play out in real time with Lois and it’s not obvious how it all comes together, so I’m not sitting there going, “Alright Lois. Get to it.” Because then you lose faith in your main character and how they’re supposed to be these great detectives. I was really glad that’s not what happens with these Lois Lane stories. I also really like how both books have fun, comic-type mysteries but it works well written out. That can be hard, because comics can get away with a bit more “out there” stuff; they can use the visuals to help make it believable. I think Gwenda’s done a really fantastic job of writing stories that don’t feel like we’re missing out because we don’t have the drawn visual reference. She does a great job of building everything wonderfully with her writing. I know that sounds like a weird thing to be happy with BUT as someone who reads comics and books based off comics, that can be a problem sometimes in novelizations of comic characters. They’re relying too heavily on you having read the comics and not fleshing out the character and world because, hey you should already know this. That’s not the case here and I really appreciate that. But it shows that Gwenda cares about Lois and writing a solid character and world for that character to live out all these great stories. I guess really what I’m saying with this review is, Gwenda Bond has got this guys. Lois Lane is in good hands and you should get your hands on these books. It’s only getting better, get on this train! Also, these would be great to use as a base for a TV show, which would totally be awesome btw. Just throwing that out there. And if you get a chance to meet her or listen to her talk, you really should. I’ve seen her on a couple of different panels now, and I’ve always walked away being super happy she’s in charge of writing the Lois Lane books.
terferj More than 1 year ago
Bringing out my inner Lois Lane to write this. Who: Lois, the amazing heroine we’re following in the series, and her gang of snooping & scooping friends to try to solve a mystery that turns out to be something bigger. What: Trying to help a sister out they stumbled upon a mysterious look a like. On top of all that, trying to bring down the man. Where: Their fair city of Metropolis, Suicide Slum, and Worlds War Three in a portion in King Devin’s land. When: Always seem like during school days. Craziness doesn’t stop for education. Ha ha. Why: Just because. There would be no story without everything happening. So how did I do? Ha ha. No really, I loved this book. I found it to be more exciting than the first book. I was totally engrossed with the story. I love them uncovering the truth and how all of it tied to each other. I loved, loved the interactions between Lois and SmallvilleGuy (SG). Yay to more of him in the book. I really loved how everything ended with their story and with SG. I really need more of them in another book now. *I received this through NetGalley
PluperfectNemo More than 1 year ago
Journalists, superheroes, teenagers - people in general - have secrets and want to find out other's secrets. It's human nature, I suppose. The thing is, who do you trust to share your secrets with? Who do you trust even though you know there are unshared secrets between you? And, what secrets have to be exposed, no matter the fallout? In Double Down, Lois is still traversing the tricky and (for her) unfamiliar terrain of the friendships that developed in Fallout. Connecting to other people is more important than ever to this teenager, and those connections include family, friends, and romance. The family connections explored are between friends (the family you choose), parent & child, and sisters (including twins, with a twist that I can't discuss because spoilers). Metropolis itself becomes a character here, with a darkside cleverly explored in contrast to the larger city of hope that it is. (Sidenote: Gotham City has always been a thriving character for Batman, but this is the first time I can recall - or have seen - that Metropolis has truly been placed on an equal-but-opposite footing with Bruce Wayne's home.) "The wrong side of the tracks" here is more startling for all of that, and is so very well done by Ms. Bond. Gwenda is not simply another curator of the canon, she's truly building something here that should (one hopes) resonate throughout other media interpretations. AND Gwenda pays homage to a comics industry legend (spoilers) in several thematic threads that had me squeeing! (It is so a word.) Almost everyone in the novel has a hidden part of themselves that they don't want others to know, whether good or bad, whether simply embarassing and difficult, or illegal and evil. Lois tenaciously sorts through these secrets - including her own - and unlike many her age (or even older, alas!), intuitively understands that some secrets are destructive, some painful, some benign, and some are secret for good cause. She does not have a binary view that secret = bad, which may seem contradictory in an already ace reporter. Silence is in itself a secret, potentially more frustrating as communication isn't possible rather than denied. There are some nerve-wracking examples of this with Lois and SmallvilleGuy, as well as many wonderful scenes between two close more-than-friends who've never actually met. Gwenda Bond doesn't simply get Lois, she fully understands the relationship between her and "SmallvilleGuy," which has nothing to do with dependence and everything to do with respect and personal admiration. (Obviously they're both kind of hot, too.) But Lois and her friends do come to realize that where some mid-level secrets lie, surviving day to day is not enough. When a secret is detrimental, there are moral imperatives urging (careful) revelation. There are nuances here that fold neatly, perfectly into each character's personality and individual story that they are in no way a checklist of exploration. They are as real as fiction gets, and this is extraordinarily impressive. This probably reads like a broad outline for a thesis rather than a straight review, but believe me, this is as intensely emotional as well as subtly cerebral. I'm still reminded of old junior fare like Nancy Drew or Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators, but it's also got hi-octane fast-paced pulp adventure, too, strong characters and angsty romance. I'm greedy, I want one of these a month. Could we chain Gwenda Bond to her computer?