Vicious by V.E. Schwab

40874032Victor 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?

I don’t understand how a book that is so fast-paced, as in lots-of-things-happen-in-very-short-chapters, can be so dull. There is not a single original plot line or even moment in the entire book. The writing is flat, colorless, without real tension. The reader never really gets to know the characters or what makes them tick, so we don’t care when something happens to them. It is also very difficult to write a high-stakes story in which <spoiler>one of the characters can bring people back from the dead. <
I also felt that, although it was categorized as a book for adults, it is really a teen book with characters who are a bit older. That’s it. I can’t think of a single reason other than their age to justify this being for adults.

As you can tell, this was not a book I’d recommend, ever (which reminds me, don’t get me started on the characters’ names).

There are lots of other fantasy books geared toward adults that can run eternal circles around this one.



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