love the characters
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Morally-grey characters. What more do you need? No, seriously, Schwab knows her stuff. She's so good at creating these kinds of characters and building a world that fits her story. Not that this world is so different from our own, there's just this "supernatural" EO thing, and it's pretty cool cause (like the blurb says) Victor ... Morally-grey characters. What more do you need? No, seriously, Schwab knows her stuff. She's so good at creating these kinds of characters and building a world that fits her story. Not that this world is so different from our own, there's just this "supernatural" EO thing, and it's pretty cool cause (like the blurb says) Victor and Eli start researching and experimenting with near-death-experiences, so everything'll be explained sooner or later. The chapters switch between past and present, so you might have to focus a bit when starting this books but once you're in it's hard to put it down. All you'll want to do is know how it ends. I've read it countless times now and I always get back to it when I don't know what to read next [my TBR pile looking at me like "what do you mean you don't know what to read next!?"] or when I'm just in a reading slump, cause the characters are just that great.
A masterful, twisted 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"
V. E. Schwab is the author of "The Near Witch, "a YA fantasy from Disney Hyperion, as well as "The Archived," the first book in a YA supernatural series, also from Disney Hyperion. The product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a Southern upbringing, she has a penchant for tea and BBC shows, and a serious and well-documented case of wanderlust. This is her first adult book.
"Schwab's characters feel vital and real, never reduced to simple archetypes... In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic. Schwab's tale of betrayal, self-hatred, and survival will resonate with superhero fans as well as readers who have never heard of Charles Xavier or Victor von Doom." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review"A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale..."Vicious" methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill. --Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of "Robopocalypse""Schwab gathers all the superhero/supervillain tropes and turns them on their sundry heads.... I could not put it down." --F. Paul Wilson, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series ""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, author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer""An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory." --Chuck Wendig, author of "Blackbirds ""Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained."--Jackie Kessler, coauthor of "Black and White""A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages."--Alex Bledsoe, author of "The Hum and the Shiver""V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian."--Greg Cox, "New York Times" bestselling author