By: V.E. Schwab
# of pages: 366
Series: Villains (#1)
Challenge: A to Z
Quote: “The moments that define lives aren’t always obvious. They don’t always scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there’s no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pact, no official letter on fancy paper. They aren’t always protracted, heavy with meaning. Between one sip and the next, Victor made the biggest mistake of his life, and it was made of nothing more than one line. Three small words.”
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?
Review: So you’d think that since this is the first in a series and it was published in 2013 would mean that there’s now a complete series to enjoy. But you’d be wrong! There is a second book in the series that was just published a few months ago. But obviously the author took a break from the Villains series to work on other books, such as the Shades of Magic series, which was a good series.
Vicious is about two friends, Eli and Victor, who take a college thesis idea and decide to act on it…by killing themselves. As you can imagine, things quickly go downhill and 10 years later, Victor is out of prison and seeking revenge on Eli, a self-professed hero in the city of Merit. Eli has an ability of his own, but he considers himself a hero because he’s ridding the city of everyone with supernatural powers. Victor doesn’t really care about saving people’s lives, and of course he doesn’t really care about the “strays” he keeps attracting such as Mitch and Sydney, he just wants his revenge.
I really enjoyed this story and the characters. There were a few things that I thought could have been more rounded out, such as Eli and Victor’s decisions in college, but the present day storyline and all of the characters made this an interesting and original book. I recommend it to fans of fantasy and superhero/anti-hero fans.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Great characters, original story, could have been a little more detailed.