Vicious: Vicious Review

Vicious: Vicious (Book 1)

by V.E. Schwab

 “Victor and Eli started out as college roommates – brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals and intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Then years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with 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 arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge – but who will be left alive at the end?”

After reading This Savage Song, I decided I wanted to read the rest of V.E. Schwab’s books, so here I am. I decided to read the short novella (Warm Up) before actually starting Vicious, not with the same characters, but in the same world.

Victor and Eli are roommates at college, where they have to come up with theses, Eli’s is about ExtraOrdinary’s and how they are created. Once he realises how they are created, Victor eggs him on to try out becoming an EO, this ends up leading to them hating each other.

Wow, wow, wow. That was incredible, even if it gave me brain-ache to start with, with the flipping between past and present and changing between characters. I did not want to put it down, and was quite glad that I had a hospital appointment, so had the time to just read while waiting.

I loved all of it, there was just so much going on, and even if it gave me a bit of brain-ache from the switching, that was actually something that gave the book more pace. It had me gripped the whole way through and I was hooked within the first three pages, I wanted to know why they were in a cemetery with shovels. I went through shock, laughing and I almost cried (mostly from happiness).

My favourite characters are Syndey, Victor and Mitch, they make a fabulous trio, the way they stick together even though they probably know they should not be together. I loved the way all the characters were written, I also liked the fact that there actually are not too many named characters, this makes it so much easier to keep everyone straight in your head.

Vicious is pretty wrapped up, but is open for another book if V.E. Schwab wants to write a second (she has said she is in the process of writing a second but does not know if it will get finished or published).

While reading this book, I described it as a story about two friends who worked out how to become ExtraOrdinary, then became enemies and want to kill each other. I would recommend it to anyone (although is a bit bloody). 5 out of 5.






  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • Pacing

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