Vicious (Villains)

400 pages

Published May 29, 2018 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-1-250-18350-7
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4 stars (37 reviews)

Victor breaks out of prison with the help of a young girl with great abilities to find his college roommate, when he discovers that their thesis about how adrenaline, near-death experiences, and supernatural events can make someone gain extraordinary abilities under the right conditions is being used by his college friend.

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reviewed Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Not bad

4 stars

I enjoyed the world building. It's basically a scientific superhero work wrapped around a revenge/heist caper. The third is a bit weak but stops short of turning itself into a feel good (if that's possible) ending. I loved the little tip of the hat to Stan Lee/Marvel when it came to the names of the protagonist and his nemesis.

Review of 'Vicious' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Vicious is a revenge/retribution story with a scientific and repeatable version of superheroes, a little bit heist-y. It's clever and fun, built around a strange friendship that goes very wrong when Victor refuses to be a sidekick to Eli's hero.

I love this book, I had a grin on my face for most of the time I was reading it. It's dark, but never really grim, somehow. There's a fair amount of death with just the right amount of gruesome. The backstory/prequel narrative is layered into the present day so that every point feels timely, every detail is a breather from the rising action without losing the plot. There's tenderness in Victor's darkness, a certain schadenfreude in watching Eli squirm as reality gets in the way of his plans. Sydney has just the right balance of actual kid and horror-film creepy child, Mitch supplies a refreshing upheaval and discussion of …

Review of 'Vicious' on 'Storygraph'

1 star

Not sure why this book is so well rated, one of the few books I wanted to abandon because it was so tedious and predictable. A clone of Flatliners/Heroes/etc. that was written to appeal to the "edgy" YA crowd by adding in mature themes. Ending doesn't hold up well, except to leave it open for a sequel (which was conveniently advertised in the book).

Review of 'Vicious' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm still kind of puzzled that I really didn't like this book given how much I loved the Shades of Magic trilogy. Young people with newly acquired superpowers feels like well-trodden ground at this point, but I gave an extra star for the mixed-up timeline plot structure, which was well done, and the gleeful portrayal of the detestable main characters.

Review of 'Vicious' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

V.E. Schwab’s Vicious had a lot to recommend it: an eye-catching cover, rave reviews from authors I trust, and a premise that promises to toy with superhero and villain tropes in interesting ways. The problem is that I never really bought the way the main characters get their powers, and that ended up souring me on the book. It also didn’t help that Vicious seemed to have ambitions of subverting the genre but fell prey to some of its hoariest cliches.

Victor Vale and Eli Cardale are college roommates and unlikely best friends. Victor is an anti-social misfit and Eli has every appearance of all-American normality, but as they get to know each other, it quickly becomes clear that they share not only an ambitious drive to succeed but also a darkness boiling just under the surface. Their relationship comes to a crucial turning point when Eli starts working on …

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