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.
This was incredibly... underwhelming.
I will start by saying that yeah, I’m pretty picky about Batman. But I was really willing to love this book, and it just didn’t happen. Which is sad because I love Marie Lu! In my opinion she’s one of the most consistent YA authors out there right now. So what happened with this book?
Well, for starters, it didn’t feel like Batman. And yes yes, I know, it’s an origin story. So by the end I should have been like, “This dude is so gonna be Batman someday.” I didn’t feel that at all. There was a bit of forced Batmany imagery at the end that I guess was supposed to evoke all the Dark Knight vibes? Didn’t work for me. This Bruce Wayne was adorable, yeah. But he couldn’t even figure out the very obvious bad guy plots and twists. His character just felt too sweet and nurtured and naive to spawn The Batman.
I’ve always love Lu’s writing, but for this book the pacing was horrible. I trudged through it, and it’s only 250 pages. The buildup to the climactic fight scene wasn’t enough to get me excited- and this also may have been hindered by the predictability of it all. I do think she wrote the character of Madeleine Wallace well, and I wish her character could have been drawn out a bit more. Bruce was well written if I just think of him as a smol cupcake with cool tech.
Overall, I think some people will enjoy Batman: Nightwalker. Maybe not die-hard fans of the Dark Knight, but if your just looking for a super hero kick before the next Batfleck movie? Then this is the book for you.