Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”

I’d like to thank Penguin Random House International for my advance reader copy – Bless you guys !! Also, for making be a part of the Batman: Nightwalker , Blog Tour.
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 272
Date Read: January 02, 2018
ISBN: 9780141386836
Rating: ★★★★

Every Batman lover would fall in love with story. Hitting shelves on January 2nd 2018, Marie Lu has a new twist to the batman story in stores for us. Whether you’ve read the comics, watched all the movies, this book will make you feel nostalgic and refreshed in a good-weird kind of way.

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In Batman: Nightwalker; Bruce Wayne is an 18 years old teenager with responsibilities bigger than any kid could bare; on his birthday receiving the key to Wayne enterprise and all its tech gadgetry is something his heart desired for long. Before he became Batman, he was only a rebel; a reckless young boy willing to break all the rules for the girl he loves. (somehow this story made it into my mind as a prequel to all the batman stories and movies we know!!)

Terrorizing the city of Gotham, rattling the peace and having Bruce Wayne next up on their list of targets; the Nightwalkers must be stopped. The city elites go one by one, executed in their own mansions while their security systems turn against them. A run-in with the police, lands Bruce months of community service at Arkham Asylum; the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals (we all know how not fun that place is !!) 

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine; their highly-secured top dangerous, newly brought-in prisoner. A brilliant killer and the smartest tech geek out there. With her ties to the Nightwalker, the question is what could she possibly be hiding? Choosing to speak only to Bruce, she becomes a mystery he’s hell-bent on unraveling. But while he’s at it, what if he’s feeding her what she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

A brilliant story. Marie Lu put on a whole new level of twist to it and like i stated up there, to me it felt like this is the prequel to all the stories we know. This could be the one true young Bruce Wayne story. A glimpse in his teenage years.

I loved how she wrote his character, to be young, caring yet reckless. A young boy who wouldn’t simply bow to rules, a young boy who wants to escape the drama, the media focus and wants to simply be himself for a few hours of the day. A boy who wants to do good and bring peace to the people of his city. Reading this story, I could see the Batman seeds growing and how the adult Bruce Wayne will later on manifest. I loved Alfred‘s character, i could hear his accent and his tone of protectiveness. Loyal, dedicated and as fatherly as ever.

The brilliance and the peak of Marie lu’s writing skills unravel with Madeleine Wallace’s character. A true maniac with feelings i might add; those are the most terrible type. A villain fighting for a greater cause, with terrible means. A young girl who’s faced many injustices in her life and is chained by her demons. A true proof that all villain do think of themselves as the heroes of their stories. (something that I personally believe in, strongly !!) Every villain has a story, one worthy of telling and Madeleine’s is not exception. I loved her strong character, balanced because you could see the maniac underneath but on the surface there’s a very smart, teenage, innocent-looking girl talking.

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Marie Lu knows well her comics, her technology and she excels in writing about high-tech gadgets. I swear she gets better and better every single time. The flow of the story was so easy and fast to grasp your attention. A very fast read that will leave you wanting more and more of Gotham City and its people. And that could be about the only thing, I wanted to change in the book; it’s so short, I needed like 200 more pages. I couldn’t get enough.

BOOKWORMS EVERYWHERE, DON’T HESITATE TO GRAB A COPY !

Also, don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other participants for this global blog tour:
January 9: Serial Bibliophile in Puerto Rico
January 9: The Royal Polar Bear Reads in the Philippines
January 9: Drizzle and Hurricane Books in France
January 10: A Bookaholic Swede in Sweden
January 10: Chasing Fairy Tales in Sri Lanka
January 10: Book Dust Magic in Croatia
January 11: YA Books Central in Mexico
January 11: Green Tea and Paperbacks in the Netherlands
January 11: Twelve Pale Roses in Singapore
January 12: Salma Agroudy in Egypt
January 12: Book Wormaniac in the Philippines
January 12: Bookish Fanboy in the Philippines
January 13: Bearnedette in Germany
January 13: The Reader Lines in El Salvador
January 13: Le Book Worm in Qatar
January 14: Utopia State of Mind in Germany
January 14: Muggle Books in the Philippines
January 14: The Bookish Word in Egypt (MOI!!)
January 15: RachaelRexds in Singapore
January 15: Carina’s Books in Norway
January 15: Home of a Book Lover in the Philippines
January 16: Wild Writing Life in Germany
January 16: The Bookish Bookkeeper in the Philippines
January 16: Books on Fire in Germany
January 17: Lax Sourire in Malaysia
January 17: Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them in Germany
January 17: The Nocturnal Fey in the Philippines
January 17: Genie Reads in the Philippines
January 18: Metal and the Geek in Germany
January 18: Blackplume in the Philippines
January 18: She Loves to Read in Pakistan
January 19: Feed your Head in Brazil
January 19: Kath Reads in Germany
January 19: Ruby’s Books in Italy
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