Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: (Villains #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
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?
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“Life – the way it really is – is a battle not between Good and Bad, but between Bad and Worse”. Joseph Brodsky
Excellent. Just pure delightful. Reading about sociopathic characters had never felt so good.
Vicious is a twisted tale of friendships, bitter jealousy, betrayal, loss and ultimately of revenge. It all begins in the present, where Victor and Eli haven’t seen each other in ten years and then the story jumps back to when they first met as students at an exclusive school ten years ago – giving us snippets of what went down and slowly unfolding the events that’ve lead to their mortal hatred of one another. As the book flashes between the past and present, it is also flicking between different character’s perspectives to give us a well-rounded story.
Victor and Eli, and their complex relationship is so wonderfully written. They’re complicated, layered and deviously cunning at the same time. As far as anti-heroes go: Victor is an absolute delight. Even when some of his actions just leave you astounded and amazed you can’t help but root for him. Eli however, is another story (at least for me that is). Though he is brilliant with frighteningly well crafter plans, he’s incredibly ignorant, fanatic and self-righteous who justifies his actions in the in the name of… ‘a calling’, if you will.
Each of the supporting characters are also intricately narrated and as their compelling back stories are slowly revealed, we’re given reasons to understand their actions and decisions.
The entire concept and deliberation is simply brilliant. Read it. Simple.