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.
3.5 out of 5 stars
|Batman is my favorite DC Superhero, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but this book just fell a little flat for me in some areas. I enjoyed the second half of this book way more than I did the first half. I kept putting the book down because I was losing interest in the story. However, once the action and suspense started building about halfway through the book, I was hooked and finished the book pretty quickly after that.
I was able to correctly guess a couple of the twists, but there were other twists that I didn’t see coming. Once everything started happening, I couldn’t get through the book fast enough! My heart was racing and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
I like that some familiar characters were included like Harvey Dent, Alfred, and Lucius Fox. I also got a little squeal out of seeing Gordon towards the end of the book. I wish he’d had a bigger part in the story though, as well as the other side characters.
I may be in the minority on this, but I don’t feel like the “romance” with Madeleine was necessary. I appreciated her as a character though. Madeleine seriously creeped me out a few times with how intensely she observed people and how she always seemed to know everything that was going on even though she was locked up in Arkham.
Overall, this was a pretty good book and I am glad that I read it. This was my first book by Marie Lu, so I will definitely be checking out some of her other books since I loved her writing style so much in this one.