- 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 (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,311 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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters in this book are superbly written - I absolutely loved reading about Eli and Victor's relationship and how they were once friends but now enemies. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joanne Wills
Brilliant characterization. Flowing prose and a great big steaming plot. Look no further. Read this or miss out on the great experiment!Published 1 month ago by DJR
Teenagers? Superheroes? I wasn't sure but I was blown away. This book came highly recommended to me and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An unusual take on the super-powered character sub-genre.
Cleverly plotted, well written and enthralling as all hell! Read more
Honestly one of my favourite books of all time. All the character depth and sheer readability of YA fiction, but without the forced morality publishers tend to put on books branded... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T Webb
Couldn't finish. Plot and logic holes abound. Enjoyed the premise while it was readablePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
To start with there is so much packed into this 360 page book that it really took me by surprise. Even after hearing so many good things about this book I was completely taken... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fall-out-book-nerd
A captivating and refreshing twist on the ever popular superhero trend. Schwab delivers a worthy addition to the genre with this exciting story that packs a punch and then... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jamie-Lee Turner