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 arch nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
First off, I really love Vicious and I think it is a great first start to get into Scwab’s books. When I first heard about it I thought it is going to be about superheroes, but I am so wrong. XD
The main characters you have are Victor and Eli who were best friends in college and became interested in EO’s which stands for ExtraOrdinary’s and figure out how people becomes EO’s. However, after there experiments to become an EO things had gone horribly wrong for them.
I really like the characters not being typical heroes. We have Eli who thinks he is a hero based on the self healing abilities and immediately thinks other EO’s are works of a demon that immediately needs to get rid of as quickly as he can based on his beliefs, while Victor is much more logical and sees EO’s as people who are damaged who doesn’t know how to handle there trauma that gained their abilities. It is obvious that Eli is the main villain that is not self aware of himself while Victor is a bit more complicated by being an anti hero, as his abilities can give people excruciating pain that sometimes been let out from emotional distress or let it out whenever he wants.
What is interesting about Vicious is you would see the shift in their friendship through out the progress of the book. At first it is quite confusing because the chapters shift between them in College and present. However, once you continue till the middle you can see how it all fits together along with the sisters, Serena and Sydney who are also EO’s. Once the story fits together, it becomes more intense which causes everything to be in suspense and falling apart. The writing style flows really nicely once everything fits together and now I don’t want to leave the world or at least want to continue to read more V. E. Schwab books. Although I am curious if this book is a stand alone book or it is the start of a series, if someone knows please let me know because I feel like it can continue from where it left off.
Overall, I can now understand why people are crazy about V.E. Schwab. I will read more of her books as I recently got Darker SHade of Magic which I can’t wait to read. I absolutely love Vicious and I hope there will be more with this world.
I give it 4.5/5 Stars
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