Format: Hardcover, 364 pages
Published: September 24, 2013 by Tor
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summery (Goodreads): 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?
Hello, it is me, I’ve only read seven books this year but this book was amazing. This is my first V. E. Schwab book that I’ve ever read and I loved it. The characters, the plot, the ending (like always, this review is spoiler free), the fact that there was a dog. Victor and Eli The two main characters, best friends turned enemies) are both pretty sketchy guys, but the change in narration gives a nice, unbiased overall effect for readers to make conclusions off of. From Eli to Victor to Mitch to Serena to Sydney, there were plenty of opinions to take into consideration when addressing my feelings on the main characters, which made it all the more enjoyable. I felt like I was on Victor’s side, but at the same time I had no idea what was going on. Overall, the plot was extremely complex with every chapter being at a different time than the last and giving me the feeling that I never truly knew what was going on, even at the end.
The paper called Eli a hero.
The word made Victor laugh. Not just because it was absurd, but because it posed a question. If Eli really was a hero, and Victor meant to stop him, did that make him a villain?
He took a long sip of his drink, tipped his head back against the couch, and decided he could live with that.
Some books are more driven by their plot. However, I believe that the best books are driven by their characters, and Vicious is just like that. Victor and Eli are such strong people that their actions don’t seem like a part of the plot, it feels very natural and fluid. The secondary characters like Sydney, Mitch and Serena drove the plot even further to create a very complex and interesting story, with lots of plot twists and betrayal. I loved how I kept doubting who was really the good and who was the bad until about halfway through when the plot began to gain momentum and it seemed so obvious to me. The second half of the book was insane, for lack of a better term. It was pretty violent, I should note, but that’s just something you should know going in. People are going to die in this book.
The only thing I would change about this was the pacing in the first part of the story. The world-building was incredible and is always necessary, but it felt a bit forced and sluggish. Otherwise, I definitely recommend this to anyone in the mood for a thriller that is easily read.
Currently, I’m reading Marie Lu’s The Midnight Star and 11 22 63 by Stephen King, but both are a little slow-paced in the beginning (one of my least favorite things in books) so I’m working my way through them slowly and steadily while juggling school and work. Until next time, happy reading!