Everybody knows Lois Lane as an adult reporter working alongside Clark Kent, but the new YA novel Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond introduces us to the teenage Lois Lane who is just starting to discover her talent as a news reporter.
There's major bullying going on at Lois' school, and when the principal won't step in to stop it, Lois decides to intervene on behalf of her new friends. The bullying spills from the digital world of a video game and into the real world but not in a way anyone can see. Lois must uncover what's behind the weird behavior and synced-up minds of a group of students called the Warheads before it's too late.
Superman does make an appearance, if you're wondering. He's Lois' online friend, known only to her as SmallvilleGuy. The two of them met in a chat room for people who had experienced unexplained phenomena. Lois sort of has a crush on this guy she's never seen, but aside from acting as a love interest, SmallvilleGuy also helps Lois with her investigative reporting.
I liked this book and am glad to see this side of a superhero story. Too often, men get all the good roles, but women (or teenage girls) are just as capable of saving the day! If you've got a teenage girl in your life, you might want to pick up this book for her.
Lois Lane: Fallout is published by Switch Press and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free autographed copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.