Book Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

29749090Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Publication: January 2, 2018 from Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: DC Icons Series #2
Length: 252 pages
ISBN: 9780525578567

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.

Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending an ARC of Batman: Nightwalker in exchange for an honest review and being part of the Global Blog Tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu is one of the remarkable stories that I’ve read about a superhero that the core standpoints are friendship, security, and justice. It is exciting that we will be going to have a younger Batman – a younger Bruce Wayne throughout the story. It offers a teenage perspective that dwells on the heartache of losing his parents, trying to understand the world he lived in, protecting the people, and categorizing people when you become a billionaire on the next day to justify that not all people want real friendship from you, most of the times, there are always intentions behind on those actions.

“The world’s more dangerous than you give it credit for, Bruce. We’re just trying to watch your back, okay?”

It started with his birthday obtaining a new car to test out. And seeking out justice on his blood he tried to do something good when the police see it as an offense. Made him serve community service in Arkham Asylum along with his incoming graduation, summer with his two best friends, Dianne and Harvey, and his WayneTech responsibilities. Marie Lu gives us a glimpse of how humane Bruce Wayne is; that he has his own emotions to deal with, that he asks a lot of questions because of curiosity, that he could be wounded like us. That he is still and will be an ordinary human behind that mask. And this is where he met Madeleine, a nightwalker, who disrupts the system of the city, exposing corrupt officials and a hacker to obtain money from those victims.

“And yet here he was, driving through the slums in a car that probably cost more than what a person living here could earn in a lifetime. Did he have it right to ever feel sad, with everything he had in his life?”

Manipulative is the first thing that comes to my mind when I am trying to look back Madeleine’s personality. She’s too guarded, she calculates every move, she is interesting and mysterious both at the same time. But what I didn’t expect is for a criminal to fall in love with a billionaire. This does not just give us a complex situation instead it challenges the readers of what is right and wrong – and that there is no in between. Marie Lu’s craft introduces us to more interesting, unexpected twist of a storyteller as likely emphasize on her previous novels.

“We’re not a very smart match, are we? I can’t think of a story where the billionaire and the murderer end up happily ever after.”

There are more to like about this book. I’m glad that Dianne is a Filipino which makes me proud. Harvey experienced violence first hand and I commend Marie Lu for making Bruce realized along the way that violence wouldn’t do any good if you try to counter it with another violence. It would only induce a revenge that might induce another revenge. The cycle won’t stop and it will only harm people. Personally, Batman is a good novel to let the people – readers, us, to make a stand against violence. It is teaching us that there are no good will come from unwanted fury.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu is not just a story, not just a novel to be read. It is a book to analyze and learn from, there are a lot of reflections from the reality that we could bring along us. It implies diversity as it yearns for an evaluation of what is morally right and wrong. It teaches us to stand up for our own and save ourselves along the way. Bruce taught me that if you have the means, even if you can make a single change and save lives, don’t turn a blind eye. Make your move because you wouldn’t know how important a life is until you have experienced it.

“The world would always have the liars and traitors and thieves, but there were still those who were good at heart.”



  • “In the real world, there’s no such thing as cheating, is there? That’s just life.”
  • “Anything made to your advantage can also be used against you.”
  • “The first rule of fooling someone,” she said,”is to mix a few lies in with many truths.”
  • “People always expect you to move on so quickly after you experience loss, don’t they?”


4342215I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.



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