Series: Vicious #1
Author: VE Schwab
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?-Goodreads
Review: I think my favorite thing about Goodreads is learning about new authors and series-this was my second VE Shwab book this year and once again-I LOVED it. Vicious follows college roommates Victor and Eli who embark on near death experiments to try to acquire supernatural powers. The ramifications of their actions results in a series of events neither of them could have predicted.
This book reminded me of the 90s movie Flatliners mixed with Marvel super powers. Let me be clear-there are no good guys here, this is a book of villains. I usually need at least one character to 'route for' but in this case, I loved how evil everyone was. Fabulous read, cant' wait for the next in the series!