Since Vengeful was just recently released, I knew I HAD to read Vicious. It was a super addictive read that sucked me right in. I am excited to share this review with you guys!
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?
I loved the characters. Victor was far from your typical good citizen. He was an ex-convict and freshly escaped from prison. Victor was different: Growing up, going to university, he didn’t quite fit in. He didn’t like going to parties, and he didn’t take an interest in his peers… Until he met Eli, the one person who was just as different as he was, who had a daring interest in E.O.s – Extra-Ordinary people.
Now, ten years later, Victor had one goal in mind: hunting down the man who once had been his best friend, now his worst enemy. On his side was Sydney Clark, a quiet child with dark secrets of her own, and Mitch, Victor’s prison mate who, despite his size, had a quick wit and a knack for hacking. These characters each had unique personalities and a story of their own. Though they were not perfect, least of all Victor, they grew on me throughout the novel. I loved the dynamics between them and the bond that held them together.
Although I enjoyed reading about Victor and the other protagonists, I was hoping that the antagonists could be more relatable. Sure, they were downright evil and they did terrible things and I wanted them to get the ending they deserve, but in this novel I hoped that they had more depth.
The plot was addictive. I loved the premise which drew me right in. (Just read the Goodreads description!? Does it not sound AWESOME!?) The first pages captivated me with questions that kept me reading like an addict throughout the first half, anxious to find the answers.
After the half-way point, the important questions in the plot were answered and things slowed down a notch as the characters prepared to achieve their goal towards the end. Although there were no big surprises compared to my initial predictions about the ending, I liked that the finale was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I was in love with VE Schwab’s writing, from the smooth, witty dialogue to her vivid word choices in the descriptions. The world building was phenomenal and the scientific aspects of E.O.’s were well-researched. Even though I came from a health science background, the explanations behind E.O.’s could have convinced me!
Lastly, I listened to the audiobook version, which was well-narrated. No complaints there!
The Bottom Line: 4/5 stars!
Vicious was a rollercoaster ride of a book with a cast of lovable yet morally grey characters that kept me engaged from beginning to end.