Review: Vicious (V E Schwab)


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★


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.


Holy crap. This was such an adrenaline-filled, high-paced read that I practically read in in 2 days straight. Well done Schwab. I am enjoying more and more of her writings. I believe that I can dive straight into a Schwab book without even reading the blurb and I would still enjoy it.

Vicious is the story about passion, greed and basically two villains that just can’t get enough of fighting each other. I love it. I love how Schwab always writes about the darkness in humans, and that it’s never as easy to distinguish the good and evil from each other.

The moral grey of this story is so wonderfully written that you can’t help but to pick a side and just root the guy.

If you like X-Men, the old series called Heroes, and even the movie Charlie St Cloud, you are gonna love this.

In the meantime, I shall wait for the sequel, Vengeful, coming out in 2017!


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