Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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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?

This book was a little all over the place for me. All I can think about is how much thought had to have gone into every single part of this story. Creating any fictional powers or world has to be so completely time consuming to make sure there are no holes.

The entire idea of how these people acquire their abilities is so intriguing. It all made sense about how certain people had powers, and others didn’t, and how those powers weren’t random.

The beginning part of this book was hard for me to get into. It’s going back and forth between time period of these characters. It’s showing you ten years ago how these men met, and then showing you glimpses at recent times that are building up to the climax that is happening in the present time. So this first part is connecting the dots between how these men met, and how they became enemies.

Then we get to part two, which I would consider the actual plot line of this story. We got the back story, now what’s happening? Where is the story going? And this part kept me locked in. With all the characters they brought in along the way and the suspense, this is what made the book.

This book ended up being not at all what I expected. It was slow at times, but also so intriguing and something I will have in the back of my mind for awhile. I felt like the ending was sort of unresolved. I have not heard anything about a sequel but that is how I felt it was set up. We’ll see.

Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars. If you are into Sci-Fi I would 100% recommend this to you. It will get you thinking!


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