Original Title: Vicious
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Titan Books
Number of Pages: 340
First Sentence: “Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
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?
This was such a brilliant book. I absolutely loved it. It was a gritty, dirty and original feeling paranormal type of thriller. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was extremely difficult to put it down to. As soon as you start it you need to know how it ends.
Victor is the villain of the book and Eli is the hero. Well, at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Turns out things aren’t what they seem. In fact, it is much more complex than that, and you will quickly learn that things aren’t black or white. Does that mean that Victor is actually the hero and Eli the villain? Nah, not really. You will have to read it to find out who they really are.
The plot is fascinating, and with such a theme you expect a redemption arc. Do you get one? Hell no, and you will not want one either. Instead, you get explanations for the characters actions, which might not endear them to you, but at least you will understand them. The plot is super interesting and it takes several twists and turns that makes the journey to the finale so much fun.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.