Runaway by Suzan Colon

Smallville, YA, #8


If you've ever had one of those days where nothing goes right and it seems like the entire world - even your closest friend - is against you, then you know how Clark Kent feels. There's only one thing he can think to do: leave his family, friends, and home in Smallville and try to make a new life in Metropolis. In the big city, Clark finds a band of other runaways, including a girl who seems to have powers as mysterious as his own: She senses his secrets and somehow knows he's different from anyone else in this world. And even though Clark thinks he's left his troubles behind, his presence in Metropolis starts a chain of events that could lead to more danger than even he can handle.

I didn't enjoy this one as much for some reason - felt distant from it. Hard to put my finger on why exactly. The story took some liberties to have Clark ditch Smallville and become a Metropolis runaway without the aid of a certain red rock. It's a creative attempt that doesn't fully work since you lose the small town charm and familiar faces being around so much.

There's also a small nudge of attraction for the first time from Lex to Lana, which may be foreshadowing for the awkward series storyline that could have worked if the writers didn't screw it up so badly later.

Frankly the best part of the story was Clark getting a small break from Lana and seeing other girls out there that exist while she's been standoffish with the relationship. Luna is a little too good to be true, but it still made a change.

Overall it's not bad, just kind of a distant feeling Smallville story I couldn't enjoy as much as the others.


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