A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.
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?
In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Wow. That was freaking intense! I’ve heard this book was good but for some reason, I only picked it up now, since there’s a sequel coming out, and I freaking loved it!
This is a superhero/supervillains type of novel, where you don’t always know which is which. We have Victor and we have Eli, two friends who are now each others’ nemesis. Each thinks they are doing the right thing. But are they? Even the reader sometimes has difficulty to understand what is right and what is wrong in this world, so it’s a bit difficult to take parts, right?
This was such a gripping story, full of amazing characters, abilities and a lot of betrayals. I did like Victor more than Eli, mainly because I identified myself a bit more with him. I did understand Eli’s point, but I don’t have a strong belief in religion so, I guess I made him the villain… The thing is, they are both heroes, and they are both villains, just like everyone in the world. No one is 100% good or bad, everyone makes mistakes or commits bad actions. And I guess that’s one of the things I loved the most about this book – how realistic and relatable it was!
But not only do we have those two amazing characters, we have other ones that also managed to enter my heart. There’s just so much amazing things in this book! One of them has to be Sydney. I LOVE her! She is such an amazing character. I love how sweet and childish she is, and yet how mature she has to act in a world that didn’t leave her with any other option.
But other than the characters, another AMAZING thing is the freaking powers. Have you ever wanted the world to have more than you can see? Some type of magic in it? This book is that dream fulfilled. EOs or ExtraOrdinary people have powers, I’m not going to explain how, but they do and they can be randomly anything! There are so many cool ones we got to meet in this book! I’m not sure which I like the most, they are incredibly unique and it was just amazing to see them in action, but I would say Selena’s power is just terribly handy!
As for the writing, it was amazing. It was not as easy to read as a YA book, it feels a bit more on the adult side and it grips you from the very first page. There’s just so much hate, betrayal, and jealousy that pomps you up! The book is told in multiple timelines, and normally I’m not a fan of that, but it worked perfectly here! It made it more intense and complete. I loved to see how things progressed, how we reached the point where we are now, with two complete enemies. What happened to them and what made them be like they are today. Everything was just so well balanced and there wasn’t one bit of infodump!
This truly is an amazing book. I love to see how two friends can turn into enemies so easy, over power and what’s right and what isn’t. It was just so realistic… It was a truly complete and gripping story! I can’t believe I didn’t read it before, but I couldn’t be more excited for the sequel!
Have you read this one yet? What’s your fav character? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!