Book review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Eli and Victor started out as college roommates. They had a shared interest in ExtraOrdinaries, those people you sometimes hear about who have superhuman abilities. If you’re familiar with the tv show Misfits, that’s the kind of people we’re talking about here. Only, Eli and Victor’s interest went far past your normal curiosity. They not only wanted to know how EOs came to be, but also how to create them.

Fast forward ten years, and Victor is getting out of jail. Eli is the town’s hero, having just taken down a bank robber. Victor knows that something is off with Eli, and he knows that he needs to be stopped. But if Eli is a hero, and Victor stops him, does that make him the villain?

There are no clear-cut answers in this book. Nobody is purely good or evil. Everybody seems to fall into a kind of gray area, where they might be doing bad things, but at least they’re doing them for a good reason. I can see how this might turn some people off, but I personally loved it.

If I say much more about this book, I’ll get into spoilers, and it’s better to go into this book without knowing what to expect. I’ll just end this by saying that the first half is definitely better than the second. I’d give the first half a solid five stars, while the second half is more of a three. It evens out to four for me, and I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel, Vengeful.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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