Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Format: Ebook
Source: For review

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?

Note: This review is only for the first 100 pages of the book, so all my thoughts are on that.

First of all, this book is so much different than Schwab's The Archived. It is an adult book. It is a bit different, but it is no less amazing.

This book is divided into chapters of different timespans. We start of in the future, then we go back to the past to know what happened. The first scene portrays Victor and Sydney in a cemetery. We don't know why they're there, and that creates a mystery that you want to unfold. Then we go back to the past where Victor meets Eli in their college years. I personally love this shift between timespans through chapters.

Written in third person, this novel explores a much different side to Schwab's writing. It's beautifully written and goes to interesting places. Schwab talks about EOs (Extra Ordinaries), which are basically people with powers. The novel has an X-Men type of feel to it. What I enjoyed most about the 100 pages is the unpredictability of the story. Schwab takes risks like never before. The story of EOs is controversial, and guess what, I LOVE that. Also, the fact that a part of the novel is set in a university makes it even better. Being a university student, it's extremely easy to relate and fall into the characters' shoes. Research papers, classes, you name it.

Finally, and most importantly, I found this novel extravagant because it is DARK! It is all about revenge, secrets, madness, and BETRAYAL! What else could anyone want?

I recommend this book to everyone in the book world. It is a piece of art.

P.S.: I hate where the 100 pages ended. It was such a cliffhanger :(