Batman has always been a beloved superhero for me—and others—because I feel like he’s the most real. Bruce Wayne is broody, angsty, and from a very young age, was dealt a bad hand in life. Marie Lu brings us Batman in his teen years as he struggles to do what is right. This is an origin story, so this is before all the fun “bat” stuff that goes on. Bruce gets in trouble when trying to save the day and ends up getting community service at Arkham Asylum. That’s where he meets a certain girl who he may or may not have feelings for. If you’re familiar with Gotham City and with the way the DC world works, then you’ll be happy to see that Lu writes in such a fantastic way that it feels authentic. The story is both fun and interesting enough to make me want to read the other books in the series—written by other talented and popular authors. Readers and fans alike with fall in love with this compelling and imaginative story about what it means to be a hero in a world that can seemingly be against you.
Random House Books for Young Readers