Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

I finally read a V.E. Schwab book! And it wasn’t even the one I own. This was a pick for the (very) small book club that a couple of my friends started, which we kind of do via text. But it works since we live in different states/ areas and have different schedules.

Blurb: 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?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Everything about Vicious is simple yet impactful.

First thing I noticed was Schwab’s simple yet impactful writing. I’m not sure how else to describe her writing; it wasn’t overdone with crazy or long descriptions yet I had no problem imagining Eli and Victor or the settings.

I really enjoyed the flashbacks where we see our two main characters as friends and seeing what events led them to turn on each other and putting Victor in prison. I also enjoyed how Schwab took a simple revenge story and made it gritty and interesting. Both Victor and Eli are incredibly smart, which added an interesting layer to the story. I found it fun to try and guess before the book told me what Victor and Eli’s plans are.

Even the characters seemed simple to me, yet fully developed. I liked that we were given just the right amount of traits for each character. At least that’s how I saw them. I loved that nothing about them was overly done or made complex. I found the other characters to not be as developed, but still enjoyable to read.

I enjoyed this book, however because I loved the ending and thought it was perfect, I’m not sure I really want to read the next book.

Is Vicious still on your TBR? Or have you had the chance to read it? What were your thoughts? Did you read both books? Let me know in a comment!

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