The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer … and Bruce’s only hope. The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Batman: Nightwalker is book two in the DC Icons series, and you can find my review for the first book, Wonder Woman: Warbringer here!
You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.
Well, this was … all right.
Batman: Nightwalker is a decent book, I guess. But also a painfully average one. Painful especially, because I’d prefer not to associate words like the aforementioned, as well as “predictable”, “uninspired”, and “mediocre” with anything regarding Marie Lu.
Batman: Nightwalker tells the story of teenage Bruce Wayne, who—having turned eighteen recently, and coming into his trust fund—one fateful night, in his eagerness to help justice along, gets himself sentenced to community service at Arkham asylum.
In the course of his time there, he more or less finds himself tangled in a web in which a girl named Madeleine seems to be in the center of, and so the action begins … or so I thought.
People get bored with your grief. They want something new to talk about. So you stop bringing it up, because you don’t want to bore anyone.
There are a couple of quotes in this book that struck a chord with me, and a couple of humorous scenes, but all in all, I was blown away by neither the storyline itself, nor the characters. Morever, the unconvincing attempt at romance didn’t help matters.
I believe that fans of the DC Universe and superhero stories in general will appreciate this book, but for me, it was not interesting enough, not exciting enough, there wasn’t enough sleuthing, or action, or … anything, really. To be quite honest, this book is the very definition of the word anticlimactic.
There was absolutely no reason to weep, Bruce thought as he ran. (…) He told himself this over and over again. And yet, the tears still came.
Bruce (weeping due to disappointment) would have been me, after reading Batman: Nightwalkers—if only I had cared enough to shed tears.
You’re interested in this book?