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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Publication: September 24, 2013   Vicious

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

I really liked one of V.E. Schwab’s other books, The Archived (written under the name of Victoria Schwab), so when I heard of her next book I was intrigued. A comic-book style novel seems really unique, and that cover is very eye-catching. While this is an adult novel, I really think it will appeal to YA readers, especially those who liked How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. 

What do you all think of Vicious? And, what books are you waiting to read?