Reading level: Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
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.
100 pages is hardly enough to call a book a “must read”. Rarely does it happen that I fall in love with a novel in 100 pages. Another rarity is me reading (and loving) books geared towards adults.
But Vicious is the exception to all of those things. I was approved in my first days on NetGalley for the 100-page excerpt Tor put out to build up the hype. I have never been more excited to read an ebook in my life.
Obviously, there’s not too much I can say, having not read the entire story just yet, but this has me hooked. The preview was exciting and mysterious, giving you an idea of what the story was all about. I felt gutted when I came to the end of it. I will definitely be eying my mailbox for my preorder copy with impatience (come on, September!).
I think adults and teens alike will be drawn to this book. As a YA book blogger, I wouldn’t review it here if that were not true. And I say this because I hardly read adult novels ever… I’m just a young adult sort of girl. The story, while containing more violence than Schwab’s other novels (of which I have only read The Archived), as well as swearing, is a huge draw for the reason that it has superheroes and villians, told in a way that leads me to believe that the story can only get better from where I had to unfortunately stop.
Read Vicious. Don’t wait until it comes out to buy it. You won’t regret it.
Come back for my review of the whole book in early October! Vicious is out September 24th.
Check out the just-released (and spooky) trailer!