by V.E Schwab
"Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human"
In Vicious, we find our self in a comic-like world where super villains and superheroes can be easily mistaken for one another.
The story starts with Victor and Eli - two brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. They start a research on adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events that reveals the possibility, given the right conditions, that someone might develop extraordinary ability. But when their thesis moves from theoretical to practical, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend, aided by a young girl who can rise the dead, and other odd characters that tag along the way. Meanwhile Eli is on the holy mission to eradicate, from earth, every other supernatural being. With both of them terribly powerful and driven by revenge, the battle between the two arch-nemeses is going to be epic!
"The paper called Eli a hero.
The word made Victor laugh. not just because it was absurd, but becouse it posed a question. If Eli really was a hero, and Victor meat to stop him, did that make him a villain?"
It's all about the ambition, the betrayals and jealousies, that brought together first, and broke apart after, our two protagonists. Eli and Victor both have a dark-side beyond their collected and calm appearance; showing that there is a fine line between good and bad guys.
Everything about this book draws you in: the characters, the plot, the excellent and effortless writing of Victoria Schwab. It's elegantly crafted, the book move fluidly from past to present, each chapter is perfectly linked to the next.
Victor is one of my favorite Villains of all times, I would highly recommend this book to any reader it's beautiful. Also it seems that a fallup novel will come out in 2018 under the title of Vengeful, can't wait for that!.
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