40/100 Books: VICIOUS


VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary:

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?

My rating: 10/5 stars

If you’re a fan of books where the villain is the protagonist, it’s your lucky day! This one has it all–super powers, fantastic characters, unrepentant sociopaths, and no pointless romantic subplot.

This narrative moves around in time as the story progresses, keeping the tension high while filling in backstory. It’s a difficult technique to get right, but the author nailed it.

What really brings this book into the 10/5 stars category are the characters. They’re the kind you want to stay with after the novel is over. I’d read ten books about these guys!

If you’re at all interested in superheros or villains, definitely pick this one up!


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