Previous book here.
A few weeks after the events of Fallout, Lois finds a new story to investigate when her friend Maddy's twin Melody appears to be having freak medical issues brought on by an experiment that she participated in for money. Said medical issues end up tying in to the case of Lois and Maddy's coworker James's dad, who just got out of jail. James's dad told him he's innocent, and when Lois looks into that she finds out that's true--because of well, another freaky scientific advancement involving doubles. I do find it interesting how in this world, the technology level's a bit ahead of us, so that implausible things are ah, more plausible here. (I did wonder at the uh, biology issues of this, but eh...it's fiction and I'm letting it go.) Suffice it to say that Lois gets into a scary situation or two and ends up having to save the day while worrying about being grounded, and the like.
In other news, Smallville Guy's worried about something else--someone calling themselves "Insider01" is promising sightings of the mysterious flying man that people discuss on the Strange Skies website that he and Lois met on. Lois is tactfully not pushing or investigating SG's connection to the flying man, but she admits to SG that "I know you...know or knew something about the person I saw." As in, either he IS said flying man or is probably connected to the dude. Or at least that was my interpretation of events--others may feel differently. Anyway, once they find out that the government is investigating the website and who uses it, they turn to the site's mysterious creator (I don't know who he's probably supposed to be in Superman lore) for assistance. Also, Lois figures out that her dad is probably involved, which is...worrisome. (Seriously, what the hell is her dad DOING for the government?!)
This book's also a bit more into romance in this one--Maddy meets a new nice fellow to date, her previous crush James starts to realize the error of his ways, and Lois is all, "you had your chance, dude, wait until they break up now." Which is fair. As for Lois and Smallville Guy, their relationship continues to slowly warm up in an online sort of way, admitting feelings to each other and having affectionate meetups in their virtual reality game. Heck, she even talks to him on the phone once. I read the review linked above and yeah, I can't argue with it on the point that presumably someday in six years when the two of them are out of college and working at the Daily Planet, that might be weird in a "You've Got Mail"/"She Loves Me"/"Shop Around The Corner" sort of way. However, it's a YA series and I suspect they probably won't get that far into the future for us to see that happening or coming up as an issue. I doubt Lois is ever going to find out the truth here, which bums me out a little...but oh well, I think that's the name of the game here.
I'm going to do a bit of Quote Corner below the spoiler cut, so be forewarned.
Anyway, I'm giving it four stars. I enjoyed the read and the ride and the personalities. The author makes the world work for me.