Synopsis from GoodReads.com:
“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?”
Vicious drags you into the world of super heroes, villains and all of the grey areas in between. This is a fantastic novel that left me itching for more, but sadly it is a very well wrapped up stand alone. It is just the sort of novel that made you miss all the characters the moment you finish it.
The characters in this novel are fantastically developed and layered. Normally when people write superheroes they have a clear hero and a villain but in Vicious everything is a lot more grey. The roles of hero and villain are interchangeable between the two mean characters which is a lot more realistic in my opinion, because no one is completely good or evil and everyone can make mistakes.
This novel is brilliantly dark and gritty, which makes it a perfect read for grim Autumn nights spent curled up under the covers. I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers though because it has some strong language and graphic violence, so if you are younger or are sensitive to that sort of thing maybe this isn’t the book for you.
If you love comic books, superheroes or just dark worlds filled with fantasy and action then this is the novel for you. I think everyone should read it because I couldn’t put it down, it is now one of my favourite books, and I cant wait to read more of V.E Schwab’s work.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. If you have not read this book yet you need to pick it up, you wont regret it.