by V E Schwab (2013)
“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – V E Schwab, Vicious
Victor and Eli were college roommates in the beginning before everything changed, before they started hunting the other one down. They were brilliant and clever with a particular interest in EOs – the ExtraOrdinary people that live amongst them that have extraordinary abilities. But an experiment in college changes things forever and ten years later, Victor is out for revenge and Eli has been busy killing off any EOs he can find. With near-death experiences, unlikely friendships and revenge paving the way, will everyone be alive at the end of this truly vicious story?
Vicious starts off ‘last night’ and flips between the present and ten years ago when Victor and Eli were friends. Each chapter fast forwards or reverses back in time so we see just how things got to be how they are between the two of them. Victor is now seeking out Eli with the help from a couple of friends and Eli is killing with the help from the unique Selena.
This story is brilliantly written and it’s a book jam-packed with action that I simply just didn’t want to put it down. I found myself smirking at the interactions between characters and desperate to read just one more chapter so I could find out why and how. Victor was definitely my favourite character because he doesn’t see himself as a hero, far from it but he felt like the hero of the story for me. Eli is absolutely insane and the way he is written is just superb.
I didn’t find the flipping between times confusing and loved the pace of the book – as the present continued on slowly, the past was revealed quickly and we learn so much about the characters and how they got to be where they are now. Eli is definitely creepy and it was so interesting to see how he thinks he is doing the world a service by ridding it of EOs – he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing. Victor is the best and I loved reading their interactions with each other, given the fact that they used to be friends.
As always, Schwab’s writing is stupendous and the characters she created in this book were so damn intriguing to read about. She always has a perfectly thought-up reason as to why they behave the way they do which makes it all the more believable and contributes to a thrilling reading experience.
“The absence of pain led to an absence of fear, and the absence of fear led to a disregard for consequence.” – V E Schwab, Vicious
A lot happened in this book and I need to mention a few spoilery things so look away now if you don’t want to see!
So I had no idea just how evil Eli would be in this book – he basically just goes round killing anyone and everyone because they’re ‘not natural’ (I mean who is he to decide what is or isn’t natural? Is it natural for humans to wear clothes? Exactly, so pipe down Eli) in the name of God.
Bitch, you make your own choices don’t use religion as a reason.
Okay so Eli is happily going around killing all the EOs he can find but oh did I mention, HE’S A BLOODY EO HIMSELF! Talk about being a hypocrite. That’s like me hating gingers and going around killing all the gingers EVEN THOUGH I AM GINGER MYSELF. It doesn’t make sense.
Now Victor, I like. He knows he’s not perfect, he’s not good and he doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what he is. He has the ability to control pain and this makes him both kind and evil because he can take pain away or inflict it. He was such an intriguing character and I quite enjoyed reading his obsession over getting revenge on Eli for locking him up in prison. So in the end he finally manages to get his hands on Eli but the problem with that is, Eli can heal. So basically he can’t die.
Victor just inflicts a bit of pain on Eli but we all know he can’t win so the ending was both surprising and expected. Eli is alive but going to jail and Victor is free. It was very much an ending that was satisfying but could lead somewhere and V E Scwhab is actually doing a sequel called Vengeful which will be amazing no doubt!
“There are no good men in this game.” – V E Schwab, Vicious