Thursday, 14 April 2016

Lois Lane: Fallout - 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 screen name, SmallvilleGuy.

My Review (Spoiler-free):

This book was lived up to every one of my expectations. Gwenda Bond definitely did justice to Lois Lane. I grew up in a society where women were judged and shamed, no matter what they were doing in life. No one was free from the stigma. A female news reporter was never pretty enough, or smart enough or had no business doing a serious job. Then, I came across Lois Lane, who was this amazing woman who answered to no man. She challenged Clark Kent and always got the story. She is phenomenal. 

Gwenda Bond's Fallout is told from the point of view of a teenage Lois Lane. She is smart, but not a genius. She is brave, no overly invested in drama and has a sensible approach to every matter. She is reckless, but not stupid and in the end, she saves the day (with a little help from Superman of course). The book tackles on bullying, crime, mind-control and technology at it's scariest.

The book also gives insight to the struggle Los has keeping her strict father pleased, but at the same time not compromising her own beliefs. It accurately captures how hard it is to grow up and not kow half the time what you're doing. The only problem in the book was how unrealistic it was that Lois got to skip so many classes without getting reprimanded or having her grades sunk. Fucking fairy tale.

You should definitely read this.


Zoe Summers

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