Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Lois Lane #1
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Goodreads synopsis: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.
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I've haven't been able to start and finish a book in a while and was honestly thinking about taking a break from reading. Until I read Lois Lane. There are so many ways that this novel could have went wrong- too much focus on Superman, Lois's character could have been altered- and I'm so happy that this novel didn't do any of that. Lois is delightfully characterizied perfectly- she's determined, focused, outspoken, and brave. This book is about her as a teenager starting out in Metropolis and settling down and starting over in a new school.
When she gets a job as a reporter at the Daily Scoop, the youth division of the Daily Planet, her fearless, determined, truth-seeking side really comes out and she immediately begins investigating a group called the Warheads who she sees terrorizing a girl at school. The plot revolves around Lois figuring out what the Warheads are doing. The book was a contemporary, a mystery, a science fiction- and the elements of so many different genres in play in the book and it made the plotline so unique. The author, Gwenda Bond, did such a wonderful job interweaving all of the different aspects of Lois's life. I would stay up late reading this book because I had to find out what happened next. I was in a reading slump too so I haven't done this in a while! But the story was incredibly engaging and even when I would have to go to sleep I would keep on thinking about the book.
I think that the only thing that really bugged me in the book, was the too-convenient way things would just happen to turn up for Lois. When she starts her first day at school, she already finds a conflict and is offered a job and starts her job that same day. It didn't seem realistic at all and the moments like this where everything just happen to turn out perfectly would throw me off. I feel that, even in Lois Lane's life, everything wouldn't turn out that perfectly. But overall this was only a small annoyance for me.