Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

What do you read when Christmas is drawing near? A Christmas book, right? Well, I didn’t. I read Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.

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 turned 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 Enterprise 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 who ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? Any will she only speak 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.

My thoughts/review: I had seen and walked past this book plenty of times in the bookstore. I picked it up and read the inside of the cover countless times. Every time I set it back down on the shelf and continued on my way.

I had heard both good and bad things about this book. I guess I was was scared. What if I didn’t like this Bruce Wayne? What if he was forever ruined after reading this book? What if he was nothing like the Bruce Wayne I know and love? What if I didn’t like this story, and wished I never would have bought it?

All good questions, but let me tell you something. I was terribly wrong on all accounts!

Bruce Wayne may be eighteen in this book, but he’s still the same Bruce Wayne, just younger, but still throwing punches, and getting himself into trouble.

They say the first paragraph–the first page is what hooks the reader and makes them want to keep reading. This book truly did that to me. I had questions, but not answers. I was instantly curious how things would play out. I had to keep reading. All the way to the end.

I truly hated having to put the book down. Putting the book down meant exiting Bruce’s life. I returned as soon as I could. I couldn’t finish this read fast enough.

“Trust nothing, suspect everything.” -Madeleine, Page 98

My favorite line in the entire book. It was a line worth putting in the book. It fit so perfectly.

I’m not disappointed I bought it, now I can reread it whenever I please, however many times I want, relieve the story whenever I choose.

I was curious what Bruce Wayne did when he was younger, before he became Batman. If you are too, I’d recommend you this this read a try. You can find this book on the Barnes & Nobles site or Amazon.

Happy reading fellow bookworms.

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