I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Genres: Comic, YA
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on January 2, 2018
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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.
Here is what I thought
Bruce Wayne has just turned eighteen and inherited his millions. He smiles and shakes hands but he is really not into it but he knows how much these charities meant to his mother. After getting into a bit of an argument with an old friend over money he leaves the party. While out joyriding he sees a crime being committed and the person is getting away. He is in a Wayne Tech fancy car so he takes after the car not listening the the police who tell him to stand down.
Even though he catches the bad guy he gets himself into a spot of trouble for interfering with a police matter and lands him some community service time. The detective (whose name I can’t remember) isn’t a huge fan of Bruce Wayne thinking he is a spoiled rich kid and is excited to being taking him to Arkham Asylum so he can get his hands dirty. Here he meets Madeleine one of the nightwalkers (a group of criminals killing the rich and stealing their millions). She is a quiet girl who won’t talk to the police but starts to talk to Bruce which intrigues him and he tries to learn more about her.
The more he talks to her and gets to know he he starts opening himself up to her even though the detective tells him how much of a manipulator she is and not to trust her. Bruce starts to wonder if she really is killer or if she is protecting someone. Is she feeding him real intel or is he being manipulated by her and could it lead to his demise.
Overall, I enjoyed this story I believe more than I did Wonder Woman but then I have always had a soft spot for the broody millionaire hero. He is at the time in his life where he is very confused with how to feel about things. He just got his trust fund and he has a lot of built up anger and well he is very broody. He of course thinks he knows best and that gets him in a lot of trouble and I thought he was a bit naive at times especially when it came to Madeleine. Sometimes I really wanted to just smack him and then I remember he is eighteen and hormonal.
It felt a little unreal that they would send an eighteen year old to a place for the criminally insane to do his community service even if it was just to mop floors and clean toilets. It was easy to overlook it for the story and I was glad to see familiar names such as Harvey Dent and the introduction of Gordon at the end making me want another story about Batman!!
I am excited for the Catwoman book coming next and leery as I don’t read the author that is writing it, so I just got to hope she can unleash her inner Catwoman. 🙂
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