Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Publisher: Tor
Release date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 364
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.50)
Goodreads rating:  4.25
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 Review

Vicious was a really fascinating book; the story was fast-paced (but in a good way!) and exciting, the writing was great – Victoria Schwab just became one of my new favourite authors.

We open the first page of the book and find ourselves in a world not so much filled with magic, but with science. What would happen, if humans came across a way to gain extraordinary abilities? V.E. Schwab’s Vicious explores this topic more deeply and the reader is confronted with a thought-provoking question: if you have more power than anyone around you, what do you turn into? A hero or a villian? It’s all a matter of decisions, and decisions are made…

This book deals with a couple of pretty dark themes, so be warned and check for any potential trigger warnings before reading. But do give it a try. Power, hero/villian dynamics, character-driven plot and a story that hasn’t been told before (at least not this way). Vicious gives you quite a change of scenery. You are up for an amazing read!


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