Title: Vicious (Villains #1)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publication Date: 2015 (2013)
Source: Borrowed from Library
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?
I loved Vicious and devoured it in just two sittings. The premise was great fun, and the characters really appealed to me, especially Victor, with whom I felt a great affinity. In this fast-paced story, I was constantly eager to turn the page, to find out what would happen next, and now I'm done, I will be logging on to the library catalogue later today to put a hold on book two, as I need to know how the story continues! Recommended for readers who love superhero stories and/or characters who come in shades of grey.