Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!
It is an okay read for me. I enjoy reading Marie Lu’s version of Bruce Wayne.
In this story, Bruce Wayne is about to graduate from high school and to inherit all his family’s fortune. The media hungers for Bruce’s stories and he is always in the spotlight as he is the youngest billionaire ever. His interference with the police while doing their job as peacekeepers puts Bruce in the trouble to do community services at Arkham Asylum.
I love the friendship between Bruce, Dianne and Harvey have that makes them loyal and kind to each other. Bruce deserves all the attention from the people he loves. I always love Alfred, from all the Batman movies to this novel, he is such a positive character. He is loyal, trustworthy and also honest to his master. I think the real MVP here is Alfred! Sadly he does not receive enough recognition.
However, I feel indifferent towards Madeleine, a Nightwalker minion. I don’t like that Bruce is seemingly so attracted to her. They don’t seem to be a good pair to be honest.
I wish there are more scenes which Bruce is still in school because I really want to know how he does in school. I bet he is really a genius, just like his late father. We also miss the part for the graduation. Bruce is so stressed out and faces a lot of adult stuffs at a very young age. I guess that makes him more mature and experienced as he learns from past mistakes.
In conclusion, it is a simple, fast and bland read for me. I will always love Batman (movie Batman – Christian Bale) but I cannot picture him in this version of Teenage Batman.