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Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

on March 25, 2020

Vicious (Villains #1)
V.E. Schwab
Tor Books
2013, 366p
Read via Scribd.com

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

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?

Last week I saw on twitter that Scribd, an app for eBooks and audiobooks, had waived their fee for 30 days, in an attempt to give people quality content during this period of enforced isolation for many, as well as accurate information. I was pretty curious so I decided to have a look – and was pretty impressed by the selection of books to choose from. There was a good mix of eBook and audio, some of which I added to a favourites list. There’s other stuff as well, such as magazines, documents, music, etc. I chose this to read because not that long ago I actually searched for it and couldn’t find it anywhere. My local library did not have it, nor did the bookshops I checked. I could’ve ordered it online but I probably got distracted by other books and forgot about it entirely until I saw it in the Scribd library.

This is a really clever story and I found myself hooked pretty much right away. Victor and Eli are college roommates who are intelligent and competitive. When they have to choose topics for their senior year theses, the topics they choose crossover somewhat. Eli wants to research “EO’s” – ExtraOrdinary beings. People who have had a certain experience that has changed them, given them powers or abilities. It’s not enough to just research this – both Victor and Eli then decide that to truly explore this they need to do it themselves.

Ten years later and Victor has liberated himself from jail with one thing on his mind – finding Eli and making him pay. Their friendship is in ruins and Victor has spent the better part of the previous decade in prison because of Eli. Armed with his prison roommate/friend and a 13yo girl with an unusual ability, Victor sets about tracking Eli down but their unique abilities mean that it’s not going to be easy for either of them to kill the other…and Eli is hunting Victor just as much as Victor is hunting him.

This is super heroes….but different. Super anti-heroes maybe. To be honest, neither Eli nor Victor are particularly worthy of admiration….they both do some pretty messed up things in their quest for super abilities and in particular, Victor seems quite jealous of Eli, spurring him on to try something that has added danger and consequences. Ten years later, Victor is looking to settle the score with Eli, blaming him for his stint in jail. And Eli, he’s become some sort of self-appointed avenging angel type being, making it a mission to eradicate anyone with supernatural abilities, whilst completely ignoring the fact that he manufactured his own on purpose, it seems. He has a sidekick, someone with an incredible super ability herself which makes him almost invincible. If they’re going to get to Eli, they’re going to have to neutralise her first and that’s definitely easier said than done.

I enjoyed the cat and mouse games in this, the way that Victor and Eli knew each other so well, knew what the other was thinking, anticipating their next moves. For me it felt really satisfying and although there’s a second book, I’m honestly not sure I feel the need to read it? That’s unusual for me but this one just felt like a complete story. I’ll see….if I come across it I might not be able to help myself but for now? I feel content with how this one ended.

8/10

Book #48 of 2020


One response to “Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

  1. I’ve had this one in my TBR for SO long, I really want to read it this year & I’m glad you enjoyed it, amazing review ❤️✨🥰

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