My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
First, I just want to put it out there that I am in no way, shape, or form a Batman or any DC or even Marvel superhero fan. Yes, I usually stray away from the depths of the superhero world. So expect that this review will come from someone who has not seen/read a single movie/comic about Batman.
Two kinds of people come out of personal tragedy… You’re the kind that comes out brighter.
Bruce Wayne turned 18 years old and has just inherited his parents’ wealth but now he is thrown at Arkham Asylum after an unfaithful encounter with some Nightwalkers and the police. While he is forced to do community service, he meets the mysterious and enthralling Madeleine Wallace. Batman: Nightwalker is all about Bruce Wayne’s backstory—his character arc—before he was a full-time superhero.
If there’s a guy built to be a superhero in the future, it’s definitely Bruce Wayne. He’s smart and brave, has a tragic past, a bit broken, has a strong sense of justice, and of course—he has the looks for it. Who else would not hesitate to chase down a getaway car? (You must have a list of people to answer, and I bet Batman is one of them.) Bruce Wayne’s character is strong and complex yet vulnerable which will make you like him even more.
My favorite part of this book is Madeleine Wallace. She may be a criminal but she’s a badass criminal. I was totally compelled to learn more about her like Bruce was. She’s manipulative and mysterious which added a lot of thrill to the story.
Your lips. Your eyes. The twist of your smile. The blood on your hands. I want you. I’m afraid of you.
I’m not sure what I feel about the little romance, it was subtle but…not subtle enough. But I still enjoyed reading the conversation scenes where Madeleine basically manipulates both Bruce and the reader’s mind.
The other characters were also great additions to the book. Alfred, which I suppose is a canon character from Batman, is one super cool alternative for a parent. Bruce’s friends, Harvey and Dianne, brought great support to his character but I wish there was more of them in the story. I liked that there were a lot of kick ass women in here, like the detective that was in charge of Bruce’s case and again, Madeleine.
The reason why I agreed to be part of this blog tour is because this book written by Marie Lu a.k.a the queen of world building. I would read anything that this woman writes. And yes, once again she has created a vivid world through her words. I love all the tech stuff and action-driven scenes within the book. Its fast-paced and thriller plot will make you devour page after page without even realizing it.
I had no expectations when I read this book so I can’t speak for all the Batman/DC fans out there, but if you’re like me and you just want to read a well-written and fast-paced book then Batman: Nightwalker is definitely a choice. It leans more on the sci-fi than the fantasy genre and it has a sense of realism.
I don’t have anything I particularly disliked in this book but maybe I just wanted more from the plot. Despite that everything was wonderful—the beginning will get you hooked, the middle will make you want to know more, and the ending wraps up everything so nicely that will make you wish you’ve read it slower so that it lasted longer.
I learned a lot from reading Batman: Nightwalker, it’s a novel that would spark that heroic flame in you that will push you to be braver and kinder. It’s a great addition to the DC Icons series and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) I’m genuinely excited to read the other books from the series. And yes, I recommend this book to absolutely everyone, Batman fans or not, you’re bound to enjoy the ride that this book will take you!
A huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me a review copy of this book and for including me in this Global Blog Tour.