If HEROS and DEATHNOTE had a lovechild, it would be called VICIOUS. And what a beautiful and dark child it is. This fast-paced sci-fi book by V.E. Schwab pits two brilliant adversaries against each other in an entertaining chase full of unpredictable twists, passion, and intelligence. The superbly crafted plot sinks it claws into the reader with the first sentence and never lets go. The main characters start as friends, each drawn to the other’s darkness lurking beneath the skin, but a high-risk science experiment to unveil the existence of ExtraOrdinary humans, people with supernatural capabilities, eventually turns the two into mortal enemies who will do just about anything to destroy the other.
I love these types of stories because I’m always on the edge, waiting to see who will outmaneuver the other and get the upper hand—especially when the foes are equally matched in cleverness and, in this case, cruelty. The side characters are another bonus; they’re well developed and interesting, each possessing his or her own razor sharp qualities and quirks. I highly appreciate novels with great side characters; they’re so essential to the whole journey of MCs and the story itself. Sometimes I might drop a book if the side characters are lackluster, but this isn’t the case with VICIOUS. Furthermore, the writing is fantastic, not a single word is wasted.
And lastly, a sense of dread loomed over my head from beginning to end while reading this book, making my heart race. Seriously, you have to read it. I believe each one of us has a little viciousness in us, and VICIOUS lets us relish it without feeling guilty.
I read somewhere that the book will be made into a film. You know I’ll be watching it.
I give VICIOUS a 4.5/5