Vicious

Vicious

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A masterful 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.

Title:Vicious
Edition Language:English
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    Vicious Reviews

  • Emily May

    "Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."I actually received an 100-page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked i...

  • Hannah Azerang

    You know that feeling of nostalgia you get when you're reading one of your favorite books? That's how I felt the whole time I was reading this. It was like I already knew this world and these characte...

  • chai ?

    I know you’re not supposed to humanize characters that are inarguably not human in every non-physical way, but would I die for my asexual fashionista morally fraudulent father, Victor Vale? Hell yea...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    The easiest 5 stars I've ever given. Full review to come! I just need to gather my thoughts. ...

  • Regan

    WHAT THE HELL EVERYONE IS SO MESSED UP. BUT THATS WHAT MADE IT SO AMAZING....

  • Virginia Ronan ? Herondale ?

    ”Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labelled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters ...

  • Anne

    A Tale of Two Sociopaths.One is just ever so slightly more lovable than the other...This was right up my alley with all the Create-A-Superhero stuff!The reality, of course, is that neither of these gu...

  •  Teodora

    5/5 ⭐ Buckle up, there's a rant ahead. You know a book is going to obsess the hell out of me when I fall in love with the main character from the first chapters and the main character happens to b...

  • Caz (littlebookowl)

    *EDIT*I re-read Vicious for another book club 4 years on and I still really enjoyed it! This time it was closer to a 4 star read - I wanted a little more development with some of the charcters.First-r...

  • Sofia

    When I finished the very last page of Vicious, I felt a breathless exhilaration course through my body in a stream of anxious energy. I had an urge to get up and pace with impatience. I started this b...