The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?
About the book:
It is Bruce Wayne’s 18th birthday. What he should be doing is celebrating with his best friends Dianne and Harvey. Instead, he leaves his own party early after a confrontation with an old friend. On his way home he witnesses a crime scene and in an attempt to help tries to chase the escaping criminal with his hightech car. Altough the chase does prove successful, he is afterwards sentenced to do community service. His assignment: Cleaning the floors at Arkham Asylum, Gotham’s high security prison slash mental institution. Arkham is a place made out of nightmares and Bruce cannot wait to be done with his sentence. But then he starts talking to one of Arkham’s prisoners. Madeleine is a beautiful girl with the looks of snowwhite and a sharp mind. She supposedly is part of the criminal organization Nightwalkers who rob and murder rich people. Catching her seemed like a step forward for Gotham’s police, but the girl refuses to speak to anyone. That is, until a young billionaire named Bruce shows up. Bruce is determined to gain information that will help the police to catch the Nightwalkers. But is the girl really opening up to him or is she just toying with the teenager?
Batman: Nightwalker is not a Batman story. It is a Bruce Wayne story. The novel focusses on his characterization as well as his interactions with friends and foes alike. Bruce is portrayed as an honorable good-hearted teen with loyal friends. He is determined to do the right thing and prove himself to be more than just a rich heir.
The relatively short book is a quick and easy read that has enough action to keep readers hooked. I really liked the scenario of the book which reminded me of Silence of the Lambs. I had no problems visualizing Madeleine and Bruce’s coversations in the Asylum with its haunting atmosphere. Most of the characters were likeable and fleshed out to a sufficient degree. It was especially interesting to see the dynamics between Bruce and his closest friends since the movie version of Batman is more of a loner.
The book was written by Maria Lu who is also the author of The Rose Society and the Legend series. For me it was my first book by the author and I enjoyed her writing style, but it did not stand out to me in any special way. If I had to criticize anything, it would be that Bruce lacked the edge and darker tendencies that his older version is known for. For me, Batman is a sometimes morally ambiguous hero, the young Bruce Wayne in this book is more of a good guy.
A fast paced, short read for fans of DC’s most famous super hero: Batman Nightwalker is an entertaining book with interesting characters.
Publisher: Random House
Thanks to #prhinternational who provided me with a free copy of the book.