The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: BATMAN by the # 1 New York Timesbestselling author Marie Lu.
Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal’s getaway – disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase.
Sentenced to community service in Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city’s most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.
She’s a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce’s name is next on their list.
Apparently, I have the unpopular opinion… I really liked this. I wasn’t expecting it to be a pre-Batman story, but for some reason that made me even more into it! But… It’s less dark than I anticipated, it’s a bit unrealistic and yet… I really liked it? For me, the characters made my day, plus it’s super fast and gripping to read and the end is really surprising!
I’ve only read one book from Marie Lu and I really enjoyed it. I think that what I most love about her books is how the characters are developed and how they intertwine with each other and that’s exactly what I felt in this one. They are just so interesting and gripping for me… My favorites were Madeleine and Alfred, although I also liked Bruce.
For those who might not know, Bruce Wayne is Batman’s secret identity. The classic story says that he is a philanthropist and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing his parents’ murder as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, and justice to Gotham City. This book is passed during his 18th birthday while he is not yet Batman.
In this story, he finds himself caught up in a big criminal case unsolvable by the police. His interference in a crime results in doing community service in Arkham Asylum, where he gets to see the most dangerous of criminals. In between them is Madeleine, a teenage girl somehow linked to the gang called Nightwalkers – who have been killing and draining the accounts of the wealthiest of men in Gotham City.
There’s nothing that new about this book but it did grip me, I was totally involved in the characters and I might have developed a slight obsession for Madeleine… She is the most interesting, intelligent and sassiest of characters and to be honest I really liked how much she played with Bruce.
Bruce is a very reliably bland character. He is courageous and righteous, but a bit naive and just freaky – he sees someone in need and just runs to help automatically without even thinking. But I think that that’s what makes him special… I also think that from this story he would have learned how to be more focused, anticipate other’s moves and protect himself from the world around him, and that’s what makes me like this book so much. Madeleine would have caused an impact on anyone but I think Bruce really needed it.
That said, I think the villains were really interesting, and Bruce himself – I think I can see him live up to be Batman, and last but not least we have Alfred, whom I love! I love his humor and well, all about him really! He is an amazing character and he really adds to the novel.
The writing is really easy and fast to read, which I enjoy and it really kept me in its grasp. I really liked to know these characters and I would love to read more and more about them. Batman is my favorite and so I was really interested in reading this book, and although it was different from what I initially expected, and way less dark than what I predicted (which I’m sad about) I really liked it. It touches some interesting points like first love, family, wealth and justice that I felt were really well done.
I just wished I got more action-y pages… Everything started and ended too quickly and I want more. I would definitely recommend this book. I think it’s really interesting, the characters are pretty awesome and the ending will blow your mind away!
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