*Maybe MINOR spoilers*
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?
I DID IT! I READ IT! Ah, I finally, finally, picked up a hyped book that I’ve been wanting to read for awhile. And I’m so glad I did. Vicious is, without out a doubt, amazing. The story was very different than anything I’ve ever read, which is why I think I found it a little odd. Not necessarily bad odd, just… different.
Personally, I loved the non-chronological way this story was told. I think it would have been a completely different book if it had been told chronologically. It allowed you to connect with the characters in a unique way and find out their motivation practically while they were in the thick of the outcome. Ah, it was so cool.
I was expecting more of a message from this book, considering how much love it has. I was expecting something deep and meaningful and completely laid out on the page for everybody to see. But I didn’t get it. It’s so subtle it’s almost not even there. It’s a story about mortality, about what really is good vs evil, about what you stand for. And its told with superheros and supervillians and zombie but not zombie dogs.
The grayness of every single person in this story was brilliant. I don’t even know if you could call them gray, they were just something. Sydney, Victor, Serena, Eli, Mitch, Dol, they were all just what they wanted and what they thought they needed.
I liked Victor a lot, but I don’t think I love him (might change in Vengeful, who knows!). Sydney, on the other hand, WOW SHE’S SO CUTE I LOVE HER. She was amazing. I am also partial to Mitch, cause wow, dude was awesome. He was a huge dude and such a sweetie.
I’ve never been one to love books that take place over a ridiculously short amount of time. It just leaves so little room for development that it usually fall flat for me. Which is why Vicious impresses me so much. There were a good amount of flashbacks, but the bonds between the characters that only just met were strong, well development, and didn’t feel rushed. The whole book didn’t feel rushed.
I guess the only complaint I have is that the story felt like a straight line. The tone didn’t change with the tension or lack of. This might be because of the grayness of the story or me just being picky, who knows haha.
This book made me think when it ended. It made me think about what Victor’s plan really was, it made me think about right and wrong, and it made me think about good and evil. The writing was absolutely incredible and it made me excited to read more Schwab books to see what other magic she can create.
Thank you for reading!