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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Vicious

 
Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Audible Studios
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Audiobook: 9 hours and 55 minutes
Narrator: Noah Michael Levine
Source: Purchased from Audible.com

http://amzn.to/1yGB44Q

Book Description

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.
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.

Review

 This book was my book clubs first pick of 2015.  I had never heard of the book or the author before this.  
The story reads just like a comic book or an X-Men prequel with two college friends acquiring special abilities.  Victor and Eli both started as normal kids both of them in love with the same girl, but things change quickly in their senior year.  It all happened when they tried to be extra ordinary.  Now they are each others archnemeses and they are out to eliminate one and other.  
The story had a big element that I love.  A unique story.  That is so refreshing and V.E. Schwab did a great job of creating the world, the backstory and the follow through.  With chapters jumping from present to past to recent past it was a bit hard to follow in audiobook form but in the end everything tied itself up nicely.  I had/have a feeling there might be a book 2 because there is definitely more that can be written about these characters.  
Speaking of characters, V.E. Schwab made me think and change my opinion several times throughout the story as to who was the good guy and who was the bad guy.  Honest, I had a hard time picking the good guy because one would do something so awful I had to rethink it.  There was a time in the book I was on the road to resolve there is no good guy.  Victor and Eli seemed to be villains and there was nothing I could do about it.  
Noah Levine was a good narrator and he did a good job of reading.  I had to get use to his lack of inflection in the beginning but don't worry he throws them in towards the middle and keeps it up to the end.  
Overall, V.E. Schwab did a good, fast paced book with unseen twist and turns.  
I took away one star because the jumping bck and forth in time was not easy to follow in audiobook form and it would have been nice to have more than one narrator but I really liked the book.

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to older teens due to the violence and language.

Challenges

This book is number 1 in my New to Me Author Reading Challenge
This book is number 1 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
 This book is number 1 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge
This book is number 1 in my Travel the World Reading Challenge :Non-American Author
This book is Mocha Girls Read book of the Month

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