Blog Tour: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Series: DC Icons #2
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin Random House
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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.

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I was incredibly happy when Penguin Random House approached me to be apart of the Batman: Nightwalker blog tour! I have to admit that I hardly knew anything about Batman when I picked up the book (well, besides from what I knew from the Lego Batman movie. Don’t judge me, okay?), but I was sure I was going to love it anyway, because I adore Marie Lu.

Batman: Nightwalker grabbed my attention from the start. It’s one of those books where you just want to keep reading until you’ve read it all, and not because there are cliffhangers at the end of every single chapter, but because you’re so engrossed in the writing.

Something that I really enjoy about Marie Lu’s writing is the absolutely amazing way she incorporates technology into her books, a thing we’ve all been able to see before in Warcross. The things she comes up with and the way she writes about them are absolutely brilliant, and I think they really take her stories to the next level.

I really enjoyed the characters. Bruce was a very fleshed-out character, and while he made some very questionable decisions that frustrated me to no end (WHY would you even consider getting that close to a dangerous murderer?? I get that she’s mysterious and intruiging but HAVE SOME COMMON SENSE), I couldn’t help but root for him.

And then there’s Madeleine… I honestly didn’t know whether to be incredibly scared of her or in awe with her while reading. She was such an interesting character and just a brilliant anti-hero/villain, and I kind of want to read a book all about her.

I honestly loved all of the side characters. Alfred was the absolute best, and seeing the relationship between him and Bruce and how much they care for each other was absolutely wonderful. And I adored Harvey and Diane as well. I adore a good bookish friendship. (I also kind of want a book all about Diane? And about Harvey? Or maybe I just want Marie Lu to write a lot more books in general. Who knows.)

However, I sadly didn’t love every single thing about Batman: Nightwalker. One of my main complaints about the book is that, after all the built up, the big action scene disappointed me a little. It just felt a little too… small. In those few chapters everything felt a little too predictable (I mean, 90% of the things went exactly as I thought they would), and a little too clean. Or to put it a bit more clearly: I was a little bored. I wanted it to be a messier, a little more high- stakes. I just wanted everything to be MORE.

Another thing that I feel like should be addressed is that this book used the very much overused ‘the only people with deformities/disabilities are the villains’-trope. The main villain is described as having steel lining the sides of his arms, and elbow joints being completely made out off metal. If you want to educate yourself on why this trope is harmful, I encourage you to watch this video made by Jen Campbell.

So, while I didn’t love every single thing about Batman: Nightwalker, I had a lot of fun reading it. Marie Lu is a fantastic writer, she writes absolutely brilliant characters and certainly knows how to write a book that you won’t be able to put down. I’d certainly recommend this book to any Batman fan, or anyone who just likes Marie Lu a lot.

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2 gedachtes over “Blog Tour: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

  1. tasya @ the literary huntress zegt:

    glad you enjoyed it! the only knowledge of batman i know is also from the dark knight trilogy and lego batman 😅 i can’t wait to read this one, but i’m sad to hear that this book used deformities/disabilities as villains trope… i really expect more from marie lu!

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