Review . . . Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Victor and Eli, due to a research project gone wrong, become ExtraOrdinaries with supernatural powers. Ten years later Victor escapes from prison,determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, while Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing other EOs. Driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge...
Five flakes out of five! 

Review under the cut!

Wow. All I can say is wow.

The entire story is so messed up and it takes a spin on a really classic story of the superhero and the supervillain in which Schwab makes both of them just really terrible people.

The entire story is so well plotted out and executed in a way that it almost reads like a movie. I really would like them to turn this into a movie.

There is no hero in this book as both are equally not morally sound.

I really like that this book brings up a lot of questions that can be applied to society. Who is really the hero and who is really the villain in the stories reported by the media? How far are we willing to go to become extraordinary? What will our own last thoughts be? What is worth more, humanity or scientific discovery?

I also enjoy the research that Schwab has clearly put into the story through delving into adrenaline. The process in which a person becomes an EO is really unique and it is not like a classical superhero story in which, as Eli mentions, were either born with the powers or they were made to have powers. Under the right circumstances, anyone could become an EO and each person’s dying thoughts will most likely be different, causing the EO powers to manifest differently.

The imagery in this book is great too and it really shows the savagery of both characters. Seriously.

“Those fleeting slices fascinated Victor. It was like watching two people, one hiding in the other’s skin. And their skin was always too dry, on the verge of cracking and showing the color of the thing beneath.”

“Victor smelled pain the way a wolf smelled blood. Tuned to it.”

Anyways, this book was an incredible ride and I feel like this is one of those books that everyone needs to read. I recommend everyone to read it. 

Anyways. Happy reading, 

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