Blurb from Goodreads
The new, eagerly anticipated BATMAN YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.
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 terrorising 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.
The most enjoyment I’ve gotten from anything Batman related since Batman The Animated Series. That cartoon was the absolute shizz back in the early 90s. I LOVED it.
And this just made me feel all those same Batman feels again. Christian Bale never truly did it for me. I mean he was great but my heart was already taken.
FYI I couldn’t be bothered wasting my time watching Batfleck because really??? Ben Affleck as Batman??? You’re having a laugh…. If you want a live action batman there can only be Michael Keaton. And possibly Adam West because that original tv series was so craptastic that it’s genius! The casting of both Val Kilmer and George Clooney in late 90s reboots however should be forgotten if you can.
Anyway. This Batman origin story was thoroughly enjoyable. It was fabulously over the top and stretched to its absolute limits my ability to suspend belief but heck was it fun! Its shortness was to its favour as the pace was constantly go-go-go. Admittedly I thought the ending was a bit of a cheesy bleurghhhh-fest but it felt pure Hollywood blockbuster so I’m okay with it.
This is Marie Lu.
I love Marie Lu!!!!
And unlike with my recent read of Warcross I didn’t feel like I was reading one of her former main characters in a slightly different guise.
A popcorn book if ever there was one.
three and a half stars