Review: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

23110163Title: Fallout (Lois Lane #1)

Author: Gwenda Bond

Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Publisher: Switch Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 screenname, SmallvilleGuy.

For the first time in a long time, Lois and her family are settling into a permanent home. With a new high school to conquer, Lois plans on laying low and making it through the school year without getting suspended, or worse. However, on her first day of school she overhears a conversation between a student and the principal. The student is concerned because she has become the target of a disturbing group at school. When the principal dismisses the student’s concerns, Lois has to step in…so much for laying low.

What seems to be a vile group of bullies, turns out to be something much more strange. The further Lois digs, the weirder things become. With the help of her friends at the Daily Scoop and a special friend she knows as SmallvilleGuy, Lois will stop at nothing until she uncovers the truth.

This book wastes no time jumping right into the action. Very little is established before the conflict is introduced and the plot is made known.While the pacing throughout this entire book is quick and did not have a dull moment, I could not seem to get into the story. I have no idea what it was, but I absolutely could not connect with the characters. Fallout is not even close the being a “bad” read for me, but I felt extremely nonchalant about the story. Nevertheless,  I do plan on reading the sequel because the ending left with many unanswered questions.

3 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Gwenda Bond is an author of young adult books. Her latest are Lois Lane: Fallout, which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novel, and Girl on a Wire, about a daredevil heroine who discovers magic and mystery lurking beneath the big top. Coming in 2016 are Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a new novel of the Cirque American. It’s possible that she escaped from a classic screwball comedy.

She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.


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