Vicious by V.E. Schwab

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the 13638125same 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? –

I received a 100 page preview of this book from Netgalley and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!  I’ve read the YA book The Archived by Victoria Schwab and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, but this is the first Adult book she’s written and I was immediately hooked from the first page.

The relationship between Victor and Eli fascinated me – they were friends/rivals/enemies and their character development was truly exceptional, making it easy to identify with parts of both characters.  With the book alternating between the past and present, I’m anxious to see how their relationship evolves from one state to the next.  It seems as if neither is black or white, but all the shades of gray in between.

The experiments Victor and Eli were involved in reminded me a little of the 80’s movie, Flatliners – medical students pushing the limits and seeing how far they can go.  The subject matter completely engaged me and it’s obvious the author did her research.

The writing in Vicious in comparison to The Archived is a great deal more mature and intelligent and there were several ‘quote-worthy’ segments.  The pacing was such that I had an extremely hard time putting down this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.  Vicious is due to be released September 24, 2013 and you can bet I’ll be parked on the B&N website impatiently waiting to download it!

5 thoughts on “Vicious by V.E. Schwab

  1. Teri, sounds terrific! Not usually a genre I would pick, but if the author’s character development is what you say it is, I need to read this book as a writer and see what she’s doing. Thanks for a great review!


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