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Product Details

  • Series: Lois Lane
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Switch Press (May 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1630790052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630790059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW


"Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters in American literature. Who is this human, un-powered woman who so easily stands up beside the most iconic superhero of all time? Gwenda Bond's book asks, who was Lois as a teenager? The answer is a spirited, engrossing story that kept me flipping pages and rooting for stubborn, clever, fearless Lois Lane." -- Shannon Hale, NYT bestselling author of DANGEROUS


"So it's basically Lois Lane in a Veronica Mars-esque plot, which sounds like all kinds of awesome." -- Entertainment Weekly

"This is a story with a strong female protagonist. Lois is smart and gutsy... 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." -- VOYA

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.) supplies 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 Smallville Guy; 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. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

><div>"Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters in American literature. Who is this human, un-powered woman who so easily stands up beside the most iconic superhero of all time? Gwenda Bond's book asks, who was Lois as a teenager? The answer is a spirited, engrossing story that kept me flipping pages and rooting for stubborn, clever, fearless Lois Lane." <span> --Shannon Hale,</span><span> </span><span>NYT bestselling author of Princess Academy books</span></div>

<span>"So it's basically Lois Lane in a Veronica Mars-esque plot, which sounds like all kinds of awesome." </span> --Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and 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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A horrible speller, but a great journalist.
Vespa
Lois Lane Fallout is for everyone and Gwenda Bond did a fantastic job.
Tejna
I’m looking forward to rereading the final draft in the printed book.
K. Bowden

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Bowden on April 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vespa on April 11, 2015
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As a woman in my 30s, I am probably not the target age group for this book, but that did not stop me from enjoying it immensely. There were parts where I definitely felt my age (I doubt most people my age know what a Nerdfighter is) but those times were few and far between. I blew through it a day, and was really sad when it was over.

I really enjoyed Bond's take on Lois. She is tough, but vulnerable. Snarky, but with a huge heart. A horrible speller, but a great journalist. And she is always willing to sacrifice her own reputation when its for something she truly believes is right. Basically, the Lois I have always loved.

My only complaint is that there isn't more, and because of this certain aspects of Lois' relationship with her 'online friend' seemed a tad rushed (I am used to VERY slow burns when it comes to the Lois/Clark dynamic in all other forms of media) but I will take what I can get. It's way past time Lois Lane gets the credit and attention she deserves as a fictional character. Give me all the Lois Lane stories. If there are more in the future, I guarantee I will be there to read them. And if you have a pre teen daughter or niece, definitely encourage them to read this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stowrag on April 18, 2015
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The first and most important thing is that Lois Lane herself is characterized perfectly throughout the book. That alone is reason enough to buy it. She is everything a fan could ask for. She's headstrong, outspoken, principled, intelligent, brave and just all kinds of amazing. She shines here as she rarely gets to, free from the shadow of Superman (mostly). She sticks up for what she thinks is right and takes action (but not crap). It's hard to think of a better feminist role model.

That said, the high school setting and the fact that the book is steeped in teen culture might dissuade older readers (like myself) in a way that The Hunger Games never had to worry about, but there's still a solid (and serious) story here that will pull in anybody with a mind to give it a chance.

My only real complaint is Superman's inclusion at all, but this is still fundamentally Lois's story, and he's never anything more than a sidekick in it. This is still a great reminder that Lois is more than just "Superman's girlfriend".

She's a super hero all on her own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tejna on April 11, 2015
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Arrived safely and within time. This is for any Lois Lane or Superman fan, who has been left out of the 20 pages of comics for the past 5 years by DC Comics. This is for any young girl or woman looking for a strong female lead or role model. Lois Lane is the perfect YA star. I hope this becomes a series. This is for anyone who loves a good mystery, with some romance, and a tenacious lead character. Lois Lane Fallout is for everyone and Gwenda Bond did a fantastic job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Gastelo on April 23, 2015
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FANTASTIC book. It's everything I could have hoped for from a book about Lois Lane. She's funny, she's loyal, she's intrepid . . . she gets into tons of trouble. I could not put it down! And don't be intimidated by the history that goes along with Lois Lane - it's great if you know the character's 75 years of history or if this is your first foray. At the heart of it, there's just a mystery to solve and a severe case of bullying to put a stop to.
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More About the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Her writing has also appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. 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. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.

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