Hello happy readers! I'm a bit behind today I had some serious sleep issues the last few days with appointments during the day (aka my normal sleep time on nights) and am just now finding a free moment for the day. So today I have my thoughts on another Marie Lu title and the next DC Icons story, Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu. Just a heads up my good friend is hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of this title on her blog, Bogdana the Booknerd open for a few more days! I previously reviewed the first DC Icons book : Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo though they are both in the "series" they are not connected but by the DC universe.
Bruce Wayne before he was Batman. Coming into his trust fund and finding some trouble. Being one of the city’s elites is dangerous with the Nightwalkers about. Money also can’t get you out of everything and after a run-in with the police Bruce must do community service…at Arkham Asylum. Inside he sees and hears police interrogate an inmate of his age who seems to be baffling them all. More so when she chooses to speak to him. Madeleine is a mystery and he is determined to unravel it. She is brilliant and dangerous and while he is trying to figure her out, Bruce may be giving her everything she needs on him.
I really liked this story. I enjoyed that it was different sort of origins story. It’s teenage years / coming into adult hood. It’s not him becoming Batman but more how he handles his life and what could easily be seen turned into that life. He has friends and normal issues to deal with on top of the more serious issues that come with being rich and powerful and having so much expected of you. I enjoyed getting to see this side of him. His friends in particular. I really liked the idea of him having friends because as much as I love Alfred, and I do, a teenage boy needs more friendship than in his guardian. Bruce is struggling with some things and it had showed and had real consequences.
So he is put to work in Arkham enduring attitudes as well as real menial physical labor. Bruce is smart. He has the money and the company to have all the newest gadgets and such but he understands how they work with a sharp mind which is something I enjoyed. I liked the back and forth, cat and mouse, with Madeline. You can never be sure what is going on; who has the upper hand. Madeline is a very different and complex type of criminal and I really love Lu’s take on her as the villain. She isn’t easy to pin down and that really created a complex character image of this girl.
I really got caught up in the mind game and trying to figure things out just like Bruce. The idea of the Nightwalkers and what they were doing. The overall pacing and suspense of the book was on par. It was a rather quick listen really and a pretty short book. I enjoyed this look at Bruce Wayne.
Until next time…