Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Series: DC Icons #2
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Will Damron
Length: 9 hours (272 pages)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Listening Library
Release Date: January 1, 2018
Source: Library (Libby)
Recommended for fans of: DC superheroes
Other Books in Series:
1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer
3. Catwoman: Soulstealer
4. Superman: Dawnbreaker
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 fun spin on Bruce Wayne’s origin story as Batman. This was actually my first book by Marie Lu. I’ve been meaning to read her original series for years, and I definitely will after enjoying the book.
Lu did a great job depicting a teenage Bruce Wayne with sincere yet naive views of right and wrong. In an early attempt to use Wayne Enterprises’ technology to fight crime, he is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets Madeleine, a teenage inmate with ties to the Nightwalkers crime organization, which has been targeting Gotham’s elite citizens.
Bruce quickly falls for Madeleine and works with her to bring down the Nightwalkers, but do their intentions actually align? I was a huge fan of the romance in this series, although the action did get a little slow at times. The story built toward a surprising ending that I enjoyed more than I expected.