Vicious tells the story of Victor and Eli: college buddies, roommates, handsome and intelligent, and striving for excellence.
And it presents an ultimate question – What will you do to be a hero?
Victor and Eli are ambitious. Their experiments in near-death experiences lead them down a path of no return. Will they go beyond the brink or will it be too late to stop each other?
This story was a fast read. The science-made-relative aspect reminded me a little of Michael Crichton and I liked that the chapters alternated storylines so we got to learn about each of the primary characters.
This book makes you think about what it means to be a hero or an anti-hero. Good vs evil and wrong vs right have a lot of grey area. Something that starts with the best intentions can still turn sour, and the worst situations can prevent interesting opportunities.
I am not a huge “superhero” fan. I like the old Superman movies and the Batman ones with Christian Bale, but I don’t own any comic books. Vicious was still a comfortable read to dip a toe into the proverbial waters of that world.
Learn more about V. E. Schwab and her other works – including Vengeful, the sequel to Vicious – on her website.
Happy reading, friends!