Friday, 12 September 2014

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Book: Vicious

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books

Pages: 364 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters Indigo

Where to Buy: Amazon CAChapters IndigoBook Depository

Goodreads Summary

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world. 

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.'

My Review

Victoria Schwab, or V.E. Schwab is one of my favourite writers of all time. The way that she effortlessly crafts stories, and creates complex and beautiful characters makes me wonder if this is really fiction, or she is just documenting.

Victor and Eli were such amazing characters to read about. The way that the two of them acted around each other, and the way that each of their minds worked kept me on my toes. I was never sure who was the real villain and who was the real hero. I still don't know. Each character had such a distinct set of right and wrong, and it was so interesting to see how those morals worked when applied in the real world.

But let's be honest, my favourite part of this book was the writing. Victoria Schwab is able to create such a real story, and it is such a different experience reading her works that any other book. Her stories have this aspect of reality that is so hard to find in other books. While authors craft worlds around their characters, she creates characters and their story is about how they deal with the world they are in. 

Victoria Schwab is such a wordmaster. It's been a while since I've really thought about what I've read, The ideas of morality, and mortality, and what it means to be good still make me question what I know. I think that a good book is one that changes who you are, and Vicious did just that to me.

I loved Vicious. It was absolutely amazing, and a must read for everyone. 5/5 stars. Duh.


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