Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
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“No one might ever know he stood there, a silent sentinel watching over his city. But looking out, all he saw was an ocean of light, the shimmering heart of Gotham City spread out before him. He didn’t know everything his future held for him, not yet, but he knew that whatever it was, it would remain here. It looked like a place worth protecting. It looked like home.”
Batman Nightwalker was so spine-tingling and wonderfully crafted. This was 250 pages of heart racing moments. There was not one moment that I felt bored which is perfect for a short book. Some short books can feel empty and the plot and characters can feel really underdeveloped because the author has no time to fully plan them out. That is not the case with this book. Everything felt developed and I didn’t finish it feeling unsatisfied or confused. It ended with just enough ambiguity to show you exactly where Bruce Wayne will find his path in the city of Gotham. I finished this story in one day because of how addictive it was for me to know what was happening next because it had great OH Y GOSH moments that left you speechless. I loved every moment of this book and if I was thinking about reading a Marie Lu book before now I am really eager to see what her Legend trilogy is about.
“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”
In Batman Nightwalker we open up with an 18-year-old Bruce who just got his trust fund opened up to him and he is working to continue the good work his parents did and graduating high school. Gotham is being terrorized by the Nightwalkers who are killing Gotham’s elite and the police have no lead except Madeleine who they caught and transported to Arkham Asylum. Too bad the girl won’t say a word to anyone. One reckless night gets Bruce in trouble with the GCPD and weeks of probation working in Arkham Asylum where he meets this mysterious girl who for the first time opens up. Bruce gets caught in a wicked game of lies, deception, and secrets. One wrong move could cost him his life. This story picks up right away which as I stated earlier is perfect for a short book because a long dragging beginning would have made this story horrible lol. The plot is extremely intense and violent. This is Gotham city people in book form so we get the crazy villains and their whacko schemes, the death, the danger, the darkness in every corner, and the awesome British butler.
“…he’d seen only what Gotham City could give you for the right price, and none of what it did to you for the wrong one.”
Marie Lu kept the spirit of Gotham alive in her writing because it was dark, mysterious, and grungy just like the city itself. I loved all of her foreshadowings to Bruce being Batman so much it was like ton’s of Easter eggs everywhere. The writing was also very intense at times which fit the theme of the book. My heart was pounding during a lot of moments and I felt scared for Bruce. I just loved how the book put me on edge because again it just felt very Gotham lol.
“There was absolutely no reason to weep, Bruce thought as he ran. Madeleine had been a criminal, a thief, a fugitive, and a liar. He told himself this over and over again. And yet, the tears still came.”
Bruce is 18 and at times he feels alone in a sea of people and like he gets used a lot for his name. He has a really big heart and I loved seeing the growth in him because in such a short life he deals with a lot. Madeleine is calculating, dangerous and hard to ever really trust. Alfred is truly amazing in book form, movie form, tv show form, etc. He is just an all-around amazing character. Harvey Dent and Dianne are Bruce’s best friends who will do anything for him and he them. Detective Draccon was a stern woman overseeing Bruce’s probation and someone who he works within the book. Dr. James worked at the asylum and she was a tough and funny lady. Lucius Fox was someone Bruce works with and another person who truly cares for him like Alfred. The characters were diverse and that made me so happy as a Batman fan to read about different people but that not be the main focus. The POC existed in this world because we just exist everywhere else and it made me happy that it was recognized.