DOUBLE DOWN by Gwenda Bond
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 12 - 16
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Following the events of Fallout (2015), Lois Lane is still settling into her new life in Metropolis.

Her relationship with the mysterious SmallvilleGuy is going well, and her reputation as a cutthroat reporter for the Daily Planet is intact. Lois’ only problem is finding a second story to follow up her explosive premiere, but intrigue has rarely had a problem finding Lois Lane. The disgraced ex-mayor has been let out of prison, and his son thinks he might be innocent. A mysterious lab is leaving its test subjects out on the street with weird side effects. Meanwhile, the Web forum Lois and SmallvilleGuy frequent has been invaded by peculiar forces threatening to expose the Flying Man. That’s a lot of balls to juggle, but Bond never drops a single one. She fills this adventure with the Golden Age sci-fi weirdness that permeated the comic books of the 1930s and ’40s. The three mysteries dovetail together nicely in the end, with a few bread crumbs leading toward the next installment. Best of all, the novel ends as Lois crosses a line she will never be able to turn back from, a line that will mean big changes moving forward. In a sea of series that keep the characters status quo and rehash the same mysteries with different names and doodads, this is a godsend.

A must read for comics fans and mystery enthusiasts alike. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63079-038-7
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Switch/Capstone
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016


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