Review: Vicious by V.E Schwab

Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:16
Title: Vicious
Author: V. E Schwab
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Genres: Science fiction, Adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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?


Not everyone with a super power becomes a superhero. Some powers just make you Vicious. 

This book is just amazeballs! I thank all the forces in the universe that pulled me towards this book like gravity.



Vicious is all about superheroes and supervillains. And of course, who doesn't love a superhero? Who doesn't hate a villain? Me! I absolutely love villains! I always feel that an excellent story should have an excellent villain because it somehow makes the story complete. Fortunately, this book had quite a few excellent villains.

This book tells us how messed up a person can be. It shows us the extreme lengths a person would take to settle a feud. And, most importantly, it teaches us that heroes and villains are only a matter of perception .

You can always be the hero and strive for the greater good.


Or you can always be the villain and strive for your own cause.


In the end, there will always be this group of people who will consider you as their opponent and would do anything to knock you down. And according to them, no matter how many people call you their 'hero', you will always be their 'villain'. See? Only a matter of perception.

Vicious - Pros 

Masterfully executed story line - I'm not going to go too much in detail about this book's story line. Just get your copy already!

Plot:Victor and Eli are two best friends who were driven by ambition. They had to do a thesis and Eli chose to do one about EOs(ExtraOrdnaries). EOs are superhumans. With this tiny knowledge, the two best friends proceed to gain more knowledge about EOs which led to an experimentation that finally resulted in their attainment of super powers. But these powers changed them. It's up to you to ponder on about how it changed them. Whether it was for the better or for the worse.

Complex characters - The characters in this book felt very real to me. That's because each and every one of them had their own opinions about right and wrong. Victor Vale and Eli are our two main characters and they are completely different and unique. They were also two very complicated people with very very dark sides. Also, their complex friendship filled with jealousy and admiration was something I found hard not to adore.

Amazing quotes - I loved many quotes from this book. Some of the characters' dialogues struck a chord in my heart. My favorite one is - "Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."

Vicious - Cons 

What CONS?


I couldn't find any cons that majorly annoyed me but I wished there was more to the story than just revenge. This book is almost perfect. It's just missing something.

On the whole, I really enjoyed and loved Vicious. It was an addictive and a compelling page turner. It is an excellent book to pick and read any time, especially those times when you feel completely evil :D

Hershey