Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Science Fiction – Paranormal Fantasy
I have heard about this book for so long, and in the first days of 2019, I finally read Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Because I had adored the Shades of Magic series as well as the Monsters of Verity duology, I obviously had high hopes for this one. And let me tell you: it did not disappoint.
I loved this book because it felt so unique and different. That’s actually one of the main reasons why I loved Schwab’s books: they are one of a kind. And Vicious even more so, as it focuses on antagonists.
“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
My favorite thing about this book was the universe, which is both so simple and so unique. In a world very much like ours, Schwab introduces a very simple idea which leads to endless opportunities for her story telling: there are people out there with super powers. Obviously, that’s something we’ve already seen quite a lot. But never this way.
Because, first off, Vicious isn’t a book in which superpowers = superheroes. No, this is a book full of dark characters, in a world where good and evil aren’t as simple as one might think. And also because of the science aspect and how the powers come to be… The origin stories of the characters are fascinating and make it feel so real.
Of course, I also loved the characters and especially Sydney who I both fear and want to protect at all costs. I can’t wait to see her again in Vengeful. Obviously, Eli and Victor’s relationship is at the heart of the novel and it fascinated me right from the start. The structure of the novel was also great cause that kept me on my toes the all way through.
This is clearly a character driven book but don’t believe that means the plot isn’t just as good… That third act was intense! And now I can’t wait to read the next book. Finally, I highly recommend you go read Vicious if you haven’t done so yet. I won’t tell you more about it, cause I really think this is a book you must discover without knowing too much.