V.E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors. From her high fantasy Darker Shades of Magic series to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, she writes stories that resonate with readers and capture humanity instead of having all good or bad characters.
Vicious follows Victor Vale and Eli Cardale, college roommates who give their very lives for the sake of science. But instead of dying and staying dead, Victor and Eli succeed in their experiment, turning themselves into ExtraOrdinaries, people who have beaten death and returned with special abilities.
Ten years later, Victor is getting out of prison and is bent on getting revenge against Eli, who has dedicated his life to heroics, making the world a safer place, removing one villain at a time. As they circle each other, closing in on their defining clash, only one can walk away with freedom. But do either of them truly deserve another chance?
Filled with questionable motives and characters, Vicious is a story that isn’t super surprising, but one that makes you consider morality and convictions. As always, Schwab’s writing is engaging and fun to read. She draws readers in by weaving the past and present together, slowly revealing the things that make each character tick.
I love Schwab’s writing style, and I think part of it is that she goes so in-depth into the characters and their thoughts. She easily gives readers a look inside the mind of each character, and they are all written individually, carefully crafted to move each story forward. And, perhaps best of all, readers can see snippets of themselves in everyone, even in the villains. In Schwab’s worlds, it isn’t a matter of being a good person or a bad person, it’s a matter of each choice leading to the next, until the character has revealed the truth of who they are.
I’m definitely feeling the urge to go on a binge reading spree and read everything Schwab has written, the ones I haven’t read and the ones that I have read. For now, I’ll just focus on reading the sequel.