Vicious Paperback – 10 Jan 2014
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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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This is an excellent story told in a non-chronological manner as we learn bits about how the abilities were developed, what happened to put Victor in prison and what is happening in the present as he pursues Eli. I never felt confused and I thought that the author gave you just enough information at the right times to understand what was happening. The author includes aspects of different points of view including that of a young woman, Sydney, who joins the group. Victor is the main character but he isn't always right and some of his motivations are a bit shady including the revenge aspect. This enhanced the book for me because he seemed very real. Eli seemed the weakest character to me and I didn't really understand why he behaved the way that he did - it didn't seem to ring true.
This was a book where I had to put myself totally in the hands of the author. It was impossible to predict what might be going to happen next and I found myself absorbed in the story. The story ends neatly but I do wonder if it is going to be the first in a series. I would be interested to see how things develop from here.
On the downside, there were some far too convenient plot devices (notably main characters coming across secondary characters with the exact right power at the exact right time) and while it toyed with the idea of there being a very fine line between hero and villain, it was very clear which of the two protagonists we were meant to cheer for.
Overall then, a fun and different read that's definitely worth a look, but that didn't blow me away. i'd give it 3.5 if that were possible.
When his college roommate Eli begins researching the potential for developing ExtraOrdinary abilities, Victor wants in. But a series of disastrous events leads Victor to now - a prison escapee in a cemetery with a young girl and a dead body, and with only one intention: make Eli suffer.
Vicious is a journey of filling in the gaps of what happened between Victor and Eli between now and ten years ago. Schwab structures this magnificently - with past and present events connecting perfectly to show how Victor's life reached this point, without once feeling disorientatating.
Aside from the meticulously brilliant structuring, the characters are one of the best aspects of this book. Both protagonists have fascinating minds and even more intriguing motives. Victor is motivated by an intense desire for revenge, whilst Eli is powered by a Godly self righteousness and a desire for purpose. In those basic terms, the villain and the hero seem obvious, but the reality is a lot more complicated than that.
The two men are most definitely not heroes. But seeing the world through their eyes, it's sometimes difficult to see either as truly villainous, despite both committing the most disasterous crimes for motives that slowly constitute the entirety of their very existences.
"Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."
The supporting characters are just as incredible. We have:
- Mitch, Victor's prison cellmate who's appearance gives off an entirely different impression to his inner nature
- Sydney, a young girl whom Victor picks up on the side of a road and was thrown into a life she never asked for
- and Serena, Sydney's older sister with the ability to wrap anyone she speaks to around her finger
Schwab has produced a fantastically structured story around another of her brilliantly original concepts. She subverts the typical superhero tropes into something far more twisted, in a way that can make this book appeal to even someone with a huge aversion to the genre. This is much more than a book about good and evil and there is definitely no guaranteed winner of the two. Addictive and intoxicating, Vicious has got to be my favourite read of 2016.
Warnings: death, murder, self-harm, torture
Cleverly plotted, well written and enthralling as all hell!
This book will drag you down deep and won't let go of you until the very end.
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