Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons #2)
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.
I admit that I’m not a huge fan of Batman/Bruce Wayne. I find him to be too broody and a bit questionable on his behavior. But since this was Marie Lu, I really wanted to read it. And the book did not disappoint at all. I was actually pleasantly surprised.
The pacing is great and the last half is full of action. I actually liked Bruce Wayne in this book! He was a bit reckless, but had a good heart. I loved how much if focused on his relationship with Alfred, and also his friends. The friendship was heartwarming and felt real.
I wanted to dislike Madeleine, but I found myself really liking her. She was able to play Bruce so easily, but I also felt that she was a good person deep down. I enjoyed her storyline and would love to read another book focused on her.
I don’t know much about Batman except what we see in the movies. I think a younger Bruce Wayne is the way to go. I’ve watched the first season of Gotham and found that I like that Bruce, too. Eighteen year old Bruce is way easier to like than adult Bruce. He didn’t seem like a player at all and wasn’t as moody. It makes me wonder what happens to change him as he ages.
This was just a really fun read and I was again really blown away with how quickly Marie Lu’s writing drew me in. I gave this one 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on Goodreads).
I will leave this with a quote from Marie’s acknowledgments that really stood out to me.
“Super heroes inspire us because they represent the best that humanity can offer. They are our reminders that we, too, can bring about change and do good. You don’t need a billion dollars and a Batcave to be like Batman. You just need your brave, badass heart. Keep on fighting.”
Have you read Batman? What did you think of it? Are you a big fan of Batman in general?