I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.
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? (Goodreads)
I can not believe how long it has taken me to read this book! I have had it on my bookshelves for ages and just never picked it up. I finally decided to after all of the buzz surrounding Victoria’s new book coming out. I absolutely LOVED Vicious and have since been on a Victoria Schwab buying spree.
My favorite part of Vicious were the characters. Eli and Victor started out as college roommates and best friends. What I found interesting was that even though they were best friends you could still feel the jealousy and the tension between them. It was believable that they could end up being worst enemies because of their interactions as friends. All that was needed was something tragic that would break them apart. Both Victor and Eli are considered villains or “anti-heroes,” Neither one of them are good. Victor was more likable and relatable but he was no more of a good person than Eli. They were both motivated by two very different things, revenge and religion. On top of the two main characters, there are three side characters, Serena, Mitch, and Sydney. These three characters were so incredibly different, but still written perfectly. I’ve read a lot of books where the secondary characters all have either the same personalities or cliche ones. Victoria manages to flesh out all of her characters and make them feel extremely individual.
The plot and the setting were simplistic yet beautiful at the same time. There was nothing crazy about the setting but there was no need for it to be. It was perfect for the plot taking place. The plot was extremely detailed and intertwined. I knew what the basic premise was going into this book, but there was so much more that took place that I never would have guessed.
Lastly, the writing was amazing. The struggle between the characters and their inner dialogue about trying to figure out if what they were doing was right or wrong was so interesting to read. Watching the friendship between Victor and Eli fall apart was very cool. The “anti-hero” version of the two main characters were simply expanded versions of their original personalities. Victoria continually dropped hints about the two similarities. This book takes place and jumps around in different times all through out Victor and Eli’s lives. This could have possibly been extremely confusing, but it wasn’t. Victoria interweaved their past and current lives together perfectly.
Also, Victor/Victoria and Eli/Elizabeth??
This book had medium romance, medium violence, and heavy swearing
5 Out of 5 Stars
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