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), and 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 arch nemeses 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.
©2013 Victoria Schwab (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
It is hard to say. The book did not feel like it had any character depth. I think the story truly lacked personality.
Predictable, I wish I cared about the characters in the story, but I did not.
It seemed lifeless, but this may not have been of his doing. It was just a struggle to listen to uninspired dialogue.
I would not go to the movies, but I would possibly watch it once it arrived on Netflix.
What can I say? This was amazing, and a perfect fit for my tastes. Definitely the best book I read in 2013, and one of my new all time favorites. I loved the complex characters and their relationships, the well-developed supernatural elements, and the use of anti-heroes. I can't wait to read more by V.E. Schwab!
This story was all plot and little else. Written as if it was a movie script.
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