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Fallout

(Lois Lane #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,759 ratings  ·  675 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Switch Press
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Lola
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok

I’m so disappointed. I wasn’t familiar with the character Lois Lane before starting this book, but I did hear something about her being Superman’s ally. And so I read this because I was extremely curious to read a novel – and not a comic book – with a superhero inside it.

Except, we never do see Superman. We know he’s there, we know he’s in contact with Lois Lane and helps her solve this big case she’s working on, but he never does appear. And that is atrociously frustrating. I mean, the ending m
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Ashley
So on the Batman/Superman divide, spectrum whatever you want to call it, I’m on the side of the Man in Blue. Have been since the fifth grade when Lois & Clark was my favorite TV show and my mom let me put Superman’s shield on my retainer. Also, the dark and broody thing has never really done it for me. I’m pretty much in agreement with John Green on this matter (“Batman is just a rich guy with an affinity for bats who is playing out his insane fantasy of single-handedly ridding Gotham of cri ...more
Nikki
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received to review via Maximum Pop

Gwenda Bond was on Strange Chemistry’s roster of authors, superhero novels are a thing I enjoy, and making the female supporting characters (like Lois Lane) the star of the story is 100% my thing, so I was quite intrigued by this, and glad to win it for review. Before reading it, I was a little surprised to see people complaining that it doesn’t contain more of Superman/Clark Kent. I mean, the title says Lois Lane. What did you expect? I’m baffled. After reading
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Kelly
Lois Lane. Army brat, misfit, do-gooder, and newest student at East Metropolis high school. Since her dad requested a permanent assignment, Lois has to make it work here. No sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, no causing trouble, and no unnecessary attention.

Did you really create a noxious cloud that caused the evacuation of your school in Ohio?

Also: make a friend. Lois already has one, a virtual friend with the screenname SmallvilleGuy, but it would be nice to have another.

Since it is yo
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C.B. Cook
WHY HELLO THERE LOIS LANE. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE SO AWESOME.

This book caught me by surprise. At the beginning, it lagged a little, and I was unsure of whether or not I'd like it... but holy cow, it came back and surprised me. My only complaints? It was a little dark in some spots, and some of the video game stuff was confusing. Also, Lois doesn't show much respect to her father, deliberately going against his will. But it was a terrific adventure, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm look
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Maya
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A friend won an uncorrected proof of “Fallout” from Switch Press and he was kind enough to let me borrow it.

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. To give some context, I love how Mark Waid wrote her in Birthright and how Kurt Busiek wrote her during his Superman run. I also thought Smallville (TV and Bryan Q Miller’s comic book) did a good job with the character even given the
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NaTaya Hastings
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. I read an uncorrected proof copy, so there were a few errors, but I am sure those will be fixed before actual publication. But the book was AMAZING. Lois Lane is and always has been one of my greatest heroes. And this book definitely did the teenage Lois justice. In fact, she is pretty perfect. I also love how the author incorporates Clark Kent into the story in such a way that he is important to the story, but he is still secondary to Lane's character. A lot of tim ...more
Rincey
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars. Really fun book, totally enjoyed it.
Keith Bowden
Spoiler-Free Impressions

I love this book. I read an uncorrected publisher's proof, and I'm looking forward to reading it again, corrected/tweaked/expanded when the book is released.

Gwenda Bond definitely knows and gets Lois Lane. There are subtle nods to Lois in some prior media depictions, but not in a wink-wink nudge-nudge way (save one very sweet homage to Smallville), this Lois stands on her own, with friends, with purpose.

Furthermore, as an entry in the "YA genre" it's as thrilling as anyt
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Colette
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved all the characters and the idea of the story! My only negative came from the sometimes confusing plot points. Occasionally I had to re-read parts of the novel to make sense of all the details. Overall 4/5 stars; I'm looking forward to the next book!
Praiz Sophyronja
So far.. It reads like a re-telling. Awesome.
Officially a huge fan of Lane.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
3.5 Stars
It was a fun read, but didn't have that extra-something that I was looking for



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 Th
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Jessica
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've never cared one way or the other about Lois Lane . . . Well, that's not true. I can't stand Lois Lane as portrayed by Margot Kidder in the old Superman movies. It's her three-packs-a-day smoker's voice or something . . . anyway.

I do love Superman, though, and this was getting rave reviews so I tried it and I liked it. It reminded me of the early seasons of Smallville, or Veronica Mars (I was a sporadic watcher of both), and fans of those shows will find much to love here. I liked the myste
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Aimee Meester
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
LOOK I WAS BRAVE AND READ A DC COMICS-INSPIRED THING.

And it was actually very enjoyable.

*rewards self with cake*
Dany Burns
I liked this book a lot. Yeah it was cheesy in some places, yeah it was a little silly in others but overall I really, really enjoyed this one. There aren't many stories about young female journalists and as someone trying to pursue a career in journalism I really liked that aspect of the book. I like the way Lois Lane was adapted into a 16-year-old girl and I really enjoyed the additional cast of characters. I hope in the sequels we will get t learn more about them, especially James because he ...more
E.C.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I am a huge fan of all things Superman — well, most things Superman... Let's just pretend Man of Steel didn't happen. Naturally I'm also a huge fan of Lois Lane in her many incarnations, from Phyllis Coates on the old Adventures of Superman to Terri Hatcher in Lois & Clark, and especially Dana Delany on the most recent animated series. Gwenda Bond nails the character. This is Lois Lane, and she's as stubborn and snarky and capable and kick-ass as you could want. I love the ways she and "Smal ...more
Gillian Berry
3.75 stars

That was pretty fun! Lois herself is the best part of this. She's very Veronica Mars, with a nose for truth, sass for days, and confidence up the wazoo. The actual mystery was a little strange (I like that it's clearly comic book-esque, though) and the promise of an awesome Superman/Lois ship was great. It's clearly the opening volume in a larger story--rather like Vol. 1 of a new comic book--and I wish I had the second one. BUT...I'll definitely be eading the second. I got feels! And
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Cyndi
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Any one who wants to slam fan fic as not valid, needs to just stop! This book is an excellent example of how it should be done. Exciting and true to the characters. Our intrepid reporter is getting started in getting the whole story and battling the bad guys in the process, with help from an unknown guy in Smallville. Since Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters in comic books this was a real treat. I will definitely read more in the series.
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Connie
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I’ve never been a fan of Lois Lane. I always thought she was a twerp. I’m still not sure how I feel about Miss Lane, but I did enjoy this book that my husband (the uber DC fan) asked me to read. I never would have picked it up on my own.

Lois is a teenager in this story. Having moved around a lot during her childhood, you get to see a lot of her insecurities as she moves with her family to Metropolis and starts at yet another new high school. She is her normal curious self as she observes some di
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Milka
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-releases, 2015
Though I am a Batman girl through and through, there has always been a soft spot in my heart for Clark Kent and especially Lois Lane, the kickass female journalist with a nose for the news. When I first heard about Lois Lane: Fallout, I instantly got excited and I knew that this was a book I simply had to read. Luckily I do not regret my decision of buying it because oh my, this one was REALLY good!

Lois Lane is an Army brat, which means that she has been moving around A LOT. As a result of that,
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Kate Ormand
Lois Lane is starting a new school, where she promises herself she will not make trouble. But trouble seems to find Lois first as she runs into gaming group, The Warheads, on her first day, and overhears a conversation where a student isn’t getting the help and support needed from her principal. Lois can’t help but get involved, which results in her earning the attention of Perry White and landing a job at the Daily Planet. Lois joins three other students at the Daily Scoop offices and proposes ...more
Gabrielle (TheYoungFolks.com)
I love Lois Lane, and the author gives young Lois an interesting and entertaining voice. It's the story she was investigating (which was pretty much the core of the plot) I found uninteresting. I couldn't get into the whole virtual reality gaming thing.

However, some tiny plot threads and the relationships between the characters, especially SmallvilleGuy, are fascinating and may make me continue reading this series.
Katie
This was fun! Both the original and traditional characters are pretty great!

(But alas! My--the library's--copy of the book was missing two pages! They don't seem to have been torn out. They were just . . . not there!)
Nouf *LostinFantasy*
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Superman and of strong female heroines and mystery books.
Actual Rating: 4 sparkling stars out of 5.

I loved this book!

That shouldn't come as a surprise since I'm a huge Superman fangirl, and a big part of it is due to the character of Lois Lane! I might not be an avid comic book reader (though I have picked up a couple of the popular Superman ones over the years and know the continuity) but I've watched all the movies and TV shows repeatedly like a nut. And whether it's Teri Hatcher, Margot Kidder, Dana Delaney, Erica Durance (my fav), or Amy Adams (y
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DJ
Wow. I mean...WOW! What a great start to my May2016 reading theme: I need a Hero!

Disclaimer: Clark Kent and Lois Lane is one of my oldest "ships" in the world. I have loved them together since I was first allowed to watch the Christopher Reeve as Superman when I was in the fifth grade. (TV version, of course. Sadly.) That being said, I'm not entirely sure that has any bearing on my thoughts of this book. Even if I gave the Superman counterpart Christopher's Reeve's Clark voice. I hope to explain
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Emma
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, favorites
Grade: B+

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: It's no secret that I'm a fan of superheroes, particularly female ones. I'm more of a Marvel person, but when I heard there was going to be a book about a teenage Lois Lane, I knew I had to read it. I loved the characterization in Fallout. Readers will get to know Lois well, along with several of the friends she makes at East Metropolis High - Anavi, Devin, Maddie, and James. The latter three work with Lois at a teen start-up paper run by The Daily Plane
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Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lois Lane is starting over in Metropolis and this time she's determined to put down roots. As an army brat, she's lived all over the place and seen some crazy things (like that thing in Kansas). She plans on keeping her head down and fitting in, but she realizes that will be difficult with a group called the Warheads making life miserable for another student. They're messing with her head somehow via this immersive videogame they all play. Using her wit and new job as a reporter, she decides to ...more
Althea J.
My heart!!! This truly is a Lois Lane story, through and through. And the story involves so many things I love reading about - gaming, the role of technology, virtual spaces, and RAD women (or in this case, girls. and a few rad boys as well.) who use their intelligence to solve problems.

Lois is the star of this show, but there is a character that does establish a bit of a pre-Superman connection. I LOVE the interactions between Lois and "SmallvilleGuy" --- all mediated by technology (in chat ro
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Kevin Fanning
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Originally read June 2015. Re-read July 2016 before diving into the sequel.
5 stars, I still love this.


This is perfect and awesome and so fun. The perfect mix of Veronica Mars and Buffy with its own unique voice.

Lois's army general dad drags their family from town to town and Lois gets into trouble every time. But now they've moved to Metropolis and THIS time it's going to be different. Except on her first day at school lands a gig as a reporter for the Daily Planet's online student newspaper, a
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Gwenda Bond is the author of many novels, primarily for young adults. Among others, they include the Lois Lane trilogy, which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American trilogy, about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe also co-write a middle grade series, ...more

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