180. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This month all I wanted to read are Fantasy novels!

Give me all the world building, magic systems, Good VS Evil plots, and hard on the surface/soft inside characters to feel my heart break over. I am game!

However, Vicious by V.E. Schwab wasn’t anything like what I’ve written above!

For starters this story is set in the real world, at Lockland University in the US, and focuses on two college friends: Victor Vale and Eli Cardale. Both are smart, young, with big egos and complexes of their own, so you may be wondering where is the magic system in this?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab is more of a Sci-Fi fantasy in my opinion, then an actual fantasy novel. But that is a good thing! This story is freaking GOOD!

There is no good VS bad in the story. It’s evil VS evil, as best friends: Victor and Eli, turn archenemies when they’re trying to turn into Extra Ordinary humans through near death experience, and awaken some power within.

“Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” The concept felt similar to X-Men, but it isn’t like that at all!”

When Eli mentions to their entire graduating class that his thesis will be on EOs, everyone is stunned because it always has been a theory and never proven. However, after much research and summer going crazy over different variables that might make one an EO, Eli thinks he found the answer.

“Did you know that when you take away a person’s fear of pain, you take away their fear of death? You make them, in their own eyes, immortal. Which of course they’re not, but what’s the saying? We are all immortal until proven otherwise?”

Of course, Victor is the curious friend who actually doesn’t want to be left behind and secretly envies Eli as well. So naturally, they try out near death experiments; forcing themselves to go to the edge of living where there is nothing but death when one falls, and come back alive.

“You must make time for that which matters, for that which defines you: your passion, your progress, your pen. Take it up, and write your own story.”

Both succeed, after a few tries. However, during Victor’s attempt there is a death that puts both of them against each other.

The death of a someone important causes a series of events where Victor and Eli become archenemies, and despite Victor going to Jail, he only has one thing on his mind: to get his revenge and see Eli suffer.

“Be lost. Give up. Give In. in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found.”

After 10 years of plotting a perfect plan to get his revenge, Victor escapes, and thus begins a Vicious journey to find his enemy and make the score even. However, along the way both Victor and Eli come across other Eos that will have an important stake before the actual battle begins.

“There were some people you had to stay away from, people who poisoned everything in reach. Then there were people you wanted to stick with, the ones with silver tongues and golden touched. And then, there were people you stood beside, because it meant you weren’t in their way.”

But who will live? Who will die? That’s where I leave all my summarizing of Vicious by V.E. Schwab and let you decide if you’re intrigued enough to read it.

I won’t deny the X-Men/Peaky Blinders feels I got from this, and even though I wasn’t too keen about Victor or Eli and their complexes: God Complex and parent issues. I couldn’t stop reading.

I love how easy, and fast paced Vicious is, and the way the story jumps back and forth between now and the events that happened 10 years ago.

V.E. Schwab wrote a really cool, villainous, evil story where the bad guys are bad and the good characters are figuring out how they fit in. vicious is really good, and a quick read, and I will definitely reading the second part to it: Vengeful.

If you’re looking for another Fantasy series to read, you can check these out:

That’s all for now.

Onto the basics:

  1. Rating: 4.0/5.0
  2. Favourite quote: “The absence of pain led to an absence of fear, and the absence of fear led to a disregard for consequence.”
  3. Should you read it: If you’re up for a fast paced, villainous read. Then Vicious is your answer.
  4. Reader level: Pretty easy to read, and structured well too.
  5. Would I read it again: Oh I think I might have to!

Till next time,



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