Title : Batman Nightwalker
Series : DC Icons #2
Author : Marie Lu
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Release Date : January 2, 2018
The Synopsis :
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.
Disclaimer : This review is part of the International blog tour hosted by Penguin Random House International. A free copy of the ARC was provided by the publisher. All views on the review are solely my own.
That rough muffled voice, the guy who defeated superman by cheating with his wealth and kryptonite, that man with a bat symbol, the dark knight. Who does not know him?
I could say I’m a DC fan myself. But I have not taken much like or interest in batman. He’s kind of my least favorite in the DC universe. Though I have watched all of his films anyway when I was a kid, from The Dark Knight rises to Justice League now.
I have not taken any particular liking to batman because I’ve always thought of him more of a machine than human. He doesn’t seem like the one to feel some emotions like most of us humans do because of the grief and trauma he had experienced as a child.
But anyway let’s get talking about the book. Bruce freaking Wayne. Now look, this one was pretty interesting because it felt like another Bruce to me, this young adult Bruce was pretty soft, sad, vulnerable and emo (emotional). I thought young adult Bruce would be some kind of a rebel, a kid who spent time in solitude, unfeeling, hardened by the circumstances of life. But now this book felt more like a fanfic. I don’t even watch the Gotham TV series to even judge but it just doesn’t feel right for me. The plot was explosive, but, predictable. The pacing was okay, Marie Lu is a great writer. But she has this weird way of making me not ship the main pairings of her books (eg. june and day) but I’m not saying I don’t ship Mads and Bruce here, it’s Dianne and Bruce I don’t ship, even their friendship. Don’t get me wrong but books and movies aren’t all about ships and ship wars, that’s not the main point. The main point is always what the book taught you. Read and resist.
Alfred was quite the character here. Interesting father figure and this book actually showed more of him than what movies actually do. This time the father figure is not a bad parent or the villain as most of the YA books out there.
Madeline was a favorite. I like the bad girl but not always when it comes to boys, I have some standards for boys. She has the most intriguing plot point and is actually the main point of this book. She’s the most mysterious and has the best character development as well. I would not have liked this book if was not for her. The romance though is quite uh-I don’t know what to say about it. Unexpected perhaps? I just don’t really see Bruce wayne having a love interest, like ever. But isn’t that books are for? To be written in fiction? What made me keep reading was that it somehow has the Reylo plot, where the light side convinces their evil dark side love interest to turn back to the light (star wars reference-Hi star wars, fans!).
Gotham city was captured pretty well by Marie Lu in this book. Everything felt surreal and vivid. Marie is one of the writers who are the best at writing fight scenes. I love that Marie Lu actually did that.
If you like angst-y romance, a little bit of DC superheroes and much emo Bruce Wayne this is definitely a good read.
The Rating: 3/5 stars
For the last part, I made fanarts!(Phew who knew Batman and flowers would be a pretty nice mix)