Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. The city's elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen...
and inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most nefarious criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
I was incredibly excited for this book to come out and couldn't wait to read about Bruce Wayne as an 18-year-old. I'm a huge comic book fan and am loving that DC is bringing in so many great YA authors to reintroduce us to some of these amazing heroes. I thought that Leigh Bardugo did a great job with Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and feel like I've been waiting forever for Marie Lu's Batman to come out. And yet, I found myself incredibly underwhelmed by this book...
Overall, I found I had a hard time rating this book. While I liked aspects of it, I didn't find that it kept my attention. There were times where I felt like I had to force myself to go back to reading it, which is something I never want to feel when reading a book. I hate giving it a lower rating, because I don't know exactly what I didn't like about it, but I can't give it a high one because I don't think it was a great read. I like Marie Lu in general, but after reading Wonder Woman, Batman just didn't seem to have the same excitement in it (kind of like the new movies, right?). If you end up giving this book a read, let me know what you think!
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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