Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Type: Book 1 of 2 in the Villains series
POV: Third Person
Published: September 24, 2013
The paths of Victor Vale and Eli Cardale merged when they became college roommates. With both having keen intellect and intense ambition, they attempt to test certain theories as it pertains to the creation and confirmation of extraordinary abilities. With failures and successes, Victor and Eli discover more than they could have foreseen and their goals cause a deep rift between them.
“It was in those jagged pieces that Victor saw something he recognized. Something dangerous, and hungry.”
Narrated in a shifting timeline and alternating focus on each character’s perspective, the story coalesces at a quick pace and then it all explodes with incredible tension until the very last word. Simultaneously, character dimension deepens and with a theme pushing boundaries in science and morality, there is the constant question of who might be fighting on the “right” side.
“Because you’re right. Even though we come back, something stays dead. Lost. We forget something of who we were. It’s scary and wonderful and monstrous.”
In starting this book, I wanted to feel such a strong dynamic between Victor and Eli and it certainly delivered. These two were perfectly poised as friends then foes. Even though my preference is for Victor, I enjoyed loathing Eli and trying to understand how his misconceptions caused such discord for him. However, I do wish there was a bit more regarding his past and how it affected his faith. That said, all the interactions between Victor and Eli were intense. The secondary characters were integral as well and I loved Sydney and Mitch.
Vicious is a science fiction fantasy offering an intriguing premise, opposing motives, and tight writing. I highly recommend to those who want to get lost in a great book!