Now that Amazon has a selection of books available to read for free for Prime members, I’ve been going through the categories that interest me to find new material. Obviously, a book about Lois Lane would do that. In this case, Fallout is about a teenage Lois in high school, though her nosy reporter skills are in full effect. She’s attended several schools, thanks both to her military father moving around, and her own knack for finding trouble and being disruptive, but now she’s just trying to keep her head down. But when a group of kids obsessed with a strange VR war game start bullying and harassing other students both in and out of the game, Lois just can’t resist investigating the just why the principal seems to let it all slide.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The characters are just what you’d expect from a younger Lois and her family (General Lane sounds exactly like the military dads I know) and the bullying feels real. It’s fun to see Lois get her start at the Daily Planet and Perry White, even if it’s a bit eye-rolling that she’s also internet friends with a certain “SmallvilleGuy”.
Fallout is a great gateway for comics-reading teens to a full-length prose novel, but would still be enjoyable even if the kid in question is only dimly aware of who the heck lives in Smallville.