Review: Vicious

Vicious by V.E Schwab / Victoria Schwab

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  • Adult; Science Fiction; Paranormal Fantasy
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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.

Read: Feb 10 – 14, 2017

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Vicious is such an amazing book. 

First of all, I’d like to say I love the concept of EO’s (or ExtraOrdinaries) and that it’s accepted in this reality as more of a scientific possibility than a fairy tale. 

As the synopsis says,  Victor and Eli – the two main characters start out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. Victor and Eli’s progress, their experiences throughout the book changes them exponentially and through flashbacks and ‘leaps’ into the future, the reader is constantly reminded of this contrast change. None of the characters in this book are ‘discard-able’, in fact. They all have complex personalities with intricate, interesting backstories – and in them too the development is just palpable. 

  • Victor Vale was my favorite character, as well as Sydney. Victor’s so brilliant and at the same time so different from a ‘normal’ person, almost as if detached but absolutely fascinating. I even liked Eli at first but his relationship with God (or how it evolved) and his hero/savior complex made me hate him and even pity him, at some point. 

He wondered about himself (whether he was broken, or special, or better, or worse) and about other people (whether they were really all as stupid as they seemed).  

Initially, the different timelines/point-of-views in this book were confusing but as I grew accustomed, it was easier to see their purpose and their importance to the story.

 This is only the second book I’ve ready by V.E Schwab / Victoria Schwab but she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.The writing is fantastic. It’s almost as every single sentence has a purpose (and it is fulfilled beautifully) and the wording is just phenomenal.

The way everything came together in the end was very satisfying and somewhat unexpected  (and I’m so glad what I predicted would happen didn’t come true). 

In overall, both the plot, the characters and the way everything progressed in general was very believable, complex and well-built. Vicious is an absolutely fascinating book! (It’s definitely one of my favorite books now.)

I strongly recommend it. It’s a must read!

Some of my favorite quotes:

We talk about the power of will, we talk about the power of mind over matter, but it’s not one over the other , it’s both at once.

All the charm outside, all that evil inside. There was a monster under there, long before you died.

Plenty of humans were monsters, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human. 


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