Synopsis: 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 down Gotham City to its knees? Bruce must walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
Review: (Spoiler Free) I was supposed to meet Marie Lu with my friend to get this book, but we had a snowstorm and it was cancelled. A few weeks ago, we traveled down the bookstore to pick up our books with signed bookplates. We both starting reading it almost immediately. It was very easy, light, average read for us.
Characters ⅗ : I didn’t really care for any of them. Well, Alfred has my heart because he’s just so pure and protective. He always has been. Bruce, on the other hand, seemed very unlike himself. Understandably, we never know him as a teenager, but it didn’t seem that he would be that gullible or nice.
Madeleine annoyed the ever loving crap out of me. I didn’t feel like we knew her, or that Bruce knew her, to consider her a “villain.” She just seemed very predictable and unoriginal.
Plot:⅖ This is what really kept me from enjoying the book. I spent most of the book wondering why everything was so unrealistic. It seemed lazy. Also, the pacing killed me. The plot took a little too slow to unravel given the number of pages making the ending a little too fast and rushed. I think they could of added more to the story, but it just wasn’t long enough to get everything it but too short for what it had to say.
Writing Style: ⅗ Obviously, it’s aimed for a younger audience than I am, but I found her writing childish. She tried to make it seem edgy and dark, but it just didn’t work. I have to say some parts he did pull off that wonderful dark and sexy look just not all the time.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. Do you plan on picking it up? How did you like it?