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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (10 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783290218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783290215
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Supremely plotted and incredibly well-written." --The Independent <br \><br \> "Stark, cynical novel... urgent, insightful prose. Vicious? Yes, that certainly applies. We d also add dangerous and surprising." --SFX <br \><br \> "Vicious has been garnering much pre-publication praise, and rightly so: it's a brilliant exploration of the superhero mythos and a riveting revenge thriller." --The Guardian <br \><br \> "Schwab's artful chronology-bending plotting rivals that of any Iain Banks novel, and her writing is a sly, cynical treat. Vicious grungy spin on timeworn tropes." --Financial Times <br \><br \> "A dynamic and original twist on what it means to be a hero and a villain. A killer from page one... Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author <br \><br \> "Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian - Greg Cox, New York Times <br \><br \> "Vicious is the superhero novel I ve been waiting for: fresh, merciless, and yes, vicious." --Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author <br \><br \> "Schwab gathers all the superhero/supervillain tropes and turns them on their sundry heads... I could not put it down." --F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author <br \><br \> "Vivid, highly original, Vicious is a masterclass in storytelling, a superlative left-field take on familiar superhero tropes that is, quite simply, unmissable." --Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and The Burning Dark <br \><br \> "Vicious is a supremely clever, cruelly addictive thriller easily cloaked in the trappings of genre fiction whilst telling a stunningly powerful, wonderfully absorbing horror story of timeless archetypical passions whilst exploring the nature of heroism, villainy, friendship and family. A magnificent treat for all lovers of the dark fantastic…" -- --Comics Review

"Completely fresh and utterly timeless." -- --SF Crowsnest

"Vivid, highly original, Vicious is a masterclass in storytelling, a superlative left-field take on familiar superhero tropes that is, quite simply, unmissable." --Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and The Burning Dark

About the Author

V.E. Schwab is the author of The Near Witch, a Y.A. fantasy, as well as The Archived, the first book in an upcoming Y.A. supernatural series. This is her first adult book.


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Victor Vale and Eli Cardale met as students at Lockland University. Both were gifted scientists whose intelligence was matched only by their ambitions for the future. When Eli decides to do a research project on whether ExtraOrdinaries (people rumoured to have special powers) could actually exist, Victor’s keen to help. Their research uncovers a link to near-death experience and extreme trauma but when they put their theory into practice, it has unforeseen and tragic consequences that result in Victor being sent to prison for murder.

10 years later, Victor breaks out of prison with his cellmate Mitchell Turner, determined to get revenge on Eli, who’s spent the last decade on a mission to kill other ExtraOrdinaries, aided by a beautiful woman called Serena who has ExtraOrdinary abilities of her own ...

V. E. Schwab’s first book for adults is a tightly plotted, original take on the superhero story that reads as X-MEN meets THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. There are no heroes in this novel – Victor and Eli are each deeply flawed people who rely on warped logic and personal vengeance to justify their behaviour. I really liked the way Schwab gives them each an ability that reflects their personality and how they learn to use those abilities against others. The grudge that exists between them is nicely sketched out and well mirrored by the relationship between the ExtraOrdinary sisters Sydney and Serena. I was less sold on Eli’s reasons for eradicating other ExtraOrdinaries because the quasi-religious rationale didn’t have a huge amount of build-up in his backstory with Victor (although Schwab’s writing just about carried me) and this equally applied to Serena’s reasons for working with Eli, which wasn’t helped by her flip-flop attitude to Sydney.
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This book is dark. Hella dark. Vicious pulls no punches, is willing to go into the darkest reaches of the human mind, and is brutal in its honesty. I read a 100 page sample of it eons ago, and loved it then, but having the full book is so much better.

Vicious is tense and gritty and an unpredictable take on superheroes. Reading it is kind of like being repetitively run over by a car. It's shock after shock after shock, wrapped up in emotional turmoil and trauma.

My favourite thing of this book is Victor. I can't even pinpoint what I love about him; it's something about his morals and his loyalty, his secrets and honesty, his unforgiving nature and his compassion. I've never read a character like Victor. I'd like to say something about the other characters, Sydney and Dol and Mitch, but I can't figure out how to say what I want. This book has confused my words to such a strange extent.

To sum: Sinister and honest, Vicious is a superhero story like no other, but so much more than that.
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Victor and Eliot (Eli) are college students. Roommates and best friends, they are constantly competing with each other - whether it's to be top of the class, or for a girl. They have much in common - intelligence, arrogance, and a certain aloofness that holds them apart from their class mates.

For his thesis, Eli chooses to investigate the existence of "ExtraOrdinaries" - EOs - people who have superhuman powers. Examining reported instances, Eli stumbles across a theory as to how an EO develops their ability. Sharing this with Victor, they begin to experiment, unable to resist the possibility of being more than human.

“I want to believe that there's more. That we could be more. Hell, we could be heroes.”

They are successful, but their experimentation has dire consequences...

Ten years later, Victor has been incarcerated and escapes from prison with a single aim - to take his revenge on Eli, who betrayed him.

Vicious jumps around in time between their days in college that set these events in motion, to the current day and Victor's mission to take his revenge. Victor has assembled a ragtag crew to help with his mission:
• Mitch - Victor's cell mate, and a computer hacker
• Sydney - a young girl, and another EO
• Dol - a dog that Sydney has rescued
The back stories of these characters are all laid out beautifully, without resorting to an info dump part way through the story - it blends in seamlessly, telling you all you need to know about those involved.

I really enjoyed Vicious. It's a brilliant, imaginative twist on the theme of superheroes, and an original idea. Unlike many novels featuring those with superhuman abilities, this isn't about good vs.
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Review originally posted on my book blog: https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/vicious-by-v-e-schwab/

RATED 4.5/5 STARS

After reading this book I’ve decided to read every single story that Victoria Schwab has ever written. I decided to pick this up because i wanted to see if I would enjoy her writing as much in a different story, since I have read A Darker Shade of magic beforehand, and I have to say I am very impressed.

This was a story full of revenge and mystery, much like any superhero story. I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy the superhero aspect, because I haven’t read a superhero novel before, but I thought it was very cleverly planned out. I found the story to be entirely believable, since the theory behind superheroes starts out as a science experiment. Throughout the book there are explanations to why different people have different abilities, and the knowledge behind it all seems so thoroughly thought out, I had no problem with thinking it to be true. Although the story is based on science, the wording never became too complex or overwhelming, so it was easy enough for me to keep track of the science even though I personally don’t know anything about chemistry and biology.

The thing I found most interesting about this book – and I think anyone who’s read it will agree – is the characters.

Every single character in this book is completely different from the next. Some were controlling or obsessive, almost paranoid. Some collected and calm, but possibly hiding more. Some jealous or easily lead, only to overcome their own doubts. There were just SO many different personalities, and I loved each character for their own reasons.
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