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Publisher's Summary

A superpowered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions - number-one New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.  

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.   

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought - and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.  

With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity - and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.     

One of Entertainment Weekly's "27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now".  

Villians:

  • Vicious 
  • Vengeful 
  • "Warm Up" (short story)
©2018 Victoria Schwab (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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didn't love as much as Vicious

In many ways I LOVED this. But, I have to say that there were A LOT of time jumps in this... like every chapter was bouncing around in different timelines for different characters... like zero parts of this book were linear. In audio format that was really hard to follow, and I just gave up on keeping straight timelines in my head I could only be like "ok this is happening a long time ago" or "ok this is semi recent" but remembering what was 2 years ago or 4 years ago or 5 years ago for like 6 different character's timelines was just impossible. So, I'm not sure if that would be easier in physical copy, but if that is important to you as a reader then be aware.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Top Tier!

Schwab is one of my favorite authors, and this book showcases many of the reasons for that status. Each character is well formed and believable, and the story moves organically.
The narrator does a great job with this audio book, too

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Villains saga continues and Danger swells

I had the pleasure of completing this book and Vicious back to back and was thoroughly enthralled. This book expands the cast of EOs roaming the streets of Merritt. Their motivations and desire to find meaningful, friendship, family, or power lead them down roads that intersect. This long awaited book was well worth the wait. Thank you V.E.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great book

I loved everything about this audiobook except that Mitch's accent was different from the first one.

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Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Character Voices

Amazing part 2! I just wish I wasn't so unimpressed with the narrator's female character voices.

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  • 11-10-18

Underwhelmed

Good but not great. The writing was good and the narration good, but I still struggle with the fact that all the main characters are all sociopaths with power. With the exception of Mitch, Sidney and Dal, I struggled to find something redeeming.

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Great story, great narration

A fantastic follow-up to Vicious that continues the exploits of the characters from the first book while introducing new compelling characters as well. The narration was excellent; easy to understand, well-paced, with distinct voices for all the characters that made dialogue easy to follow without being distracting.

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  • steph
  • 09-30-18

didn't love as much as Vicious

In many ways I LOVED this. But, I have to say that there were A LOT of time jumps in this... like every chapter was bouncing around in different timelines for different characters... like zero parts of this book were linear. In audio format that was really hard to follow, and I just gave up on keeping straight timelines in my head I could only be like "ok this is happening a long time ago" or "ok this is semi recent" but remembering what was 2 years ago or 4 years ago or 5 years ago for like 6 different character's timelines was just impossible. So, I'm not sure if that would be easier in physical copy, but if that is important to you as a reader then be aware.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Havens
  • 10-26-18

Top Tier!

Schwab is one of my favorite authors, and this book showcases many of the reasons for that status. Each character is well formed and believable, and the story moves organically.
The narrator does a great job with this audio book, too

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hugh C.
  • 10-13-18

The Villains saga continues and Danger swells

I had the pleasure of completing this book and Vicious back to back and was thoroughly enthralled. This book expands the cast of EOs roaming the streets of Merritt. Their motivations and desire to find meaningful, friendship, family, or power lead them down roads that intersect. This long awaited book was well worth the wait. Thank you V.E.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth M Norman
  • 11-28-18

great book

I loved everything about this audiobook except that Mitch's accent was different from the first one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-18

Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Character Voices

Amazing part 2! I just wish I wasn't so unimpressed with the narrator's female character voices.

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  • Gr
  • MD
  • 11-10-18

Underwhelmed

Good but not great. The writing was good and the narration good, but I still struggle with the fact that all the main characters are all sociopaths with power. With the exception of Mitch, Sidney and Dal, I struggled to find something redeeming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-18

Great story, great narration

A fantastic follow-up to Vicious that continues the exploits of the characters from the first book while introducing new compelling characters as well. The narration was excellent; easy to understand, well-paced, with distinct voices for all the characters that made dialogue easy to follow without being distracting.

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  • steph
  • 09-30-18

didn't love as much as Vicious

In many ways I LOVED this. But, I have to say that there were A LOT of time jumps in this... like every chapter was bouncing around in different timelines for different characters... like zero parts of this book were linear. In audio format that was really hard to follow, and I just gave up on keeping straight timelines in my head I could only be like "ok this is happening a long time ago" or "ok this is semi recent" but remembering what was 2 years ago or 4 years ago or 5 years ago for like 6 different character's timelines was just impossible. So, I'm not sure if that would be easier in physical copy, but if that is important to you as a reader then be aware.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Havens
  • 10-26-18

Top Tier!

Schwab is one of my favorite authors, and this book showcases many of the reasons for that status. Each character is well formed and believable, and the story moves organically.
The narrator does a great job with this audio book, too

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
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  • Hugh C.
  • 10-13-18

The Villains saga continues and Danger swells

I had the pleasure of completing this book and Vicious back to back and was thoroughly enthralled. This book expands the cast of EOs roaming the streets of Merritt. Their motivations and desire to find meaningful, friendship, family, or power lead them down roads that intersect. This long awaited book was well worth the wait. Thank you V.E.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth M Norman
  • 11-28-18

great book

I loved everything about this audiobook except that Mitch's accent was different from the first one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-18

Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Character Voices

Amazing part 2! I just wish I wasn't so unimpressed with the narrator's female character voices.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Gr
  • MD
  • 11-10-18

Underwhelmed

Good but not great. The writing was good and the narration good, but I still struggle with the fact that all the main characters are all sociopaths with power. With the exception of Mitch, Sidney and Dal, I struggled to find something redeeming.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-18

Great story, great narration

A fantastic follow-up to Vicious that continues the exploits of the characters from the first book while introducing new compelling characters as well. The narration was excellent; easy to understand, well-paced, with distinct voices for all the characters that made dialogue easy to follow without being distracting.