ViciousBook - 2013
From 1# New York Times bestselling author V.E Schwab
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?
In Vicious , V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
"A dynamic and original twist on what it means to be a hero and a villain. A killer from page one...highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Universe vs The Avengers and Patient Zero
One of Publishers Weekly 's Best Fantasy Books of 2013
" Vicious is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it."--Dan Wells, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not A Serial Killer
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JCLAndrewP Jan 18, 2018
Stunning, complex, dark, and twisty. Pretty much my favorite things about this book. Schwab does not disappoint with this tale of superhuman rivals Victor and Eli. Who is the hero and who the monster? Or maybe they are both? The morality of both characters is questionable at best as they both do ... Read More »
JoCoLibraryAdultPicks May 11, 2015
Ten years after an experiment designed to tap a human's supernatural abilities goes terribly wrong, Victor breaks out of prison and resolves to track down his former roommate, Eli, who resolves to eradicate the world's super-powered people.
(Fantasy) A friendly rivalry turns vicious when college friends Victor and Eli obtain super-human powers and use them for very different purposes. This dark paranormal fantasy, a riveting tale of vengeance and redemption, proves that extraordinary powers don’t necessarily make superheroes.
JCLJoshN Dec 18, 2014
I love superheroes--to such a large extent that I don't generally like deconstructions of the genre. I like my superheroes just fine the way they are, thank you very much.
But I liked Vicious. A LOT. It strips down the idea that people with superpowers see themselves as above us mere mortals a... Read More »
JCLGreggW Mar 24, 2014
Some folks have described this as a superhero novel, which it most definitely isn't even though I can can see how folks might get that idea. It does take some leads from comic book tropes, but the story this novel weaves is something very much its own. Eli and Victor are two brilliant young men i... Read More »
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Victor and Eli are two arrogant college students whose friendship is filled with competition and jealousy. For his thesis, Eli decides to research EOs - "ExtraOrdinaries", aka superheroes. Out of fascination and eagerness to best Eli, Victor involves himself and their research takes the two of them too far and Victor and Eli both end up experimenting on themselves to become EOs. With their new powers, conflict occurs between the two and Victor ends in prison while Eli spends the next ten years hunting down EOs and "executing" them. A decade passes and Victor has escaped from prison, and thus begins a riveting chase between the two fuelled with hatred. Victor, with the help of a gentle giant named Mitch and a young girl named Sydney, plot to kill Eli while Eli and his mind-controlling partner try to locate Victor.
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