About the Book:
Title: BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (DC Icons #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Pub. Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Hot on the heels of the amazing Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the latest, and probably the hottest, superhero: Batman. Well… more like the origin of Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.
I loved reading the backstory of Bruce Wayne. We all know the history of Bruce’s parents, the fortune, Wayne Enterprises, and the like because it has been redone in Hollywood more times than I can count. But this…. this my lovelies, is something more. Bruce is a billionaire teenager that is doing billionaire teenager things. Bruce gets into trouble, is sentenced for his “crime”, and finds himself mixed up with some bad people. Well… in true Batman style, he pursues the bad guys. What more can a Marie Lu and Batman lover want?
A lot of other reviews will criticize the lack of character development but given that this is such a short book, I cannot figure out what they are getting at. Bruce is already a developed character and developed teenager. He is confident in a way few people will ever achieve. He is heavily trained and smart as a whip. The character of Bruce/Batman will forever be naive when it comes to a pretty face. That does happen in this story so I don’t fault Lu or anyone for that. That is simply a known fault of the character.
What this story does have is a ton of action and a non-stop roller coaster of emotion. My number one complaint is that the book is too short. I mean, really short — 272 pages to be exact. I felt like I was missing part of the book but alas, it really is less than 300 pages. Le sigh
Regardless, this story was the total package for me. I loved it and would happily read it again, after I scream from the rooftops that everyone needs to read it.
Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
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