Fearless New Oracle || ARC Review: The Oracle Code

I’ve always been a fan of Barbara Gordon, as Batgirl, as Oracle, it doesn’t matter. She’s such a cool character, and I was really excited to see her as a teenager.

Title: The Oracle Code
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Genres: YA Suspense

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham’s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss. Within these walls, strange sounds escape at night; patients go missing; and Barbara begins to put together pieces of what she believes to be a larger puzzle.

But is this suspicion simply a result of her trauma? Fellow patients try to connect with Barbara, but she pushes them away, and she’d rather spend time with ghost stories than participate in her daily exercises. Even Barbara’s own judgment is in question.

In The Oracle Code, universal truths cannot be escaped, and Barbara Gordon must battle the phantoms of her past before they swarm her future.

Quick Thoughts

  • The author’s handling of Babs’ injury is interesting, but it made sense. The Joker has nothing to do with her injury—in fact, the incident is hardly mentioned in the book. I felt this made sense since that added trauma would probably be too much to handle in a YA book.
  • The art is a lot of fun. I loved how it showed Babs’ mind, how she pieces puzzles together. The art in this book also breaks away from previous DC Ink styles—instead of monochromatic with pops of color, the colors in this one are bright and saturated, other times dark and moody.
  • I loved seeing how Babs’ friends and others in the Arkham Institute supported Babs’. She wants to separate herself from everyone, but they don’t let her.
  • I was slightly disappointed, though not surprised, that the Arkham Center for Independence was indeed shady. But, when you hear the name Arkham, it’s obviously going to be bad news.

Lasting Impressions

This book is chilling in ways that some of the previous DC Ink books are not. This is also the first book in that line that is a mystery, and it’s a dang creepy one at that. There are a couple of stories one character tells that are just terrifying, and the art brilliantly portrays them as well (sorry if that sounds vague, but I don’t want to give spoilers!) I loved how creeped out I was by it all—it was really fun.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun addition to the DC Ink line, and I would recommend it to mystery lovers and Batgirl/Oracle fans.

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