Book Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab


Click here to purchase: Vicious (Villains)

I was worried that I wouldn’t like this book since I went into it with such high expectations, but it ended up being good!


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?


  • I really liked how the characters were introduced and their development throughout the book, especially Sydney
  • I liked how this wasn’t just another superhero story; it actually gives a sort of scientific explanation for how they changed. It was a more thought out process.
  • The story keeps you guessing whether or not Victor is a bad guy. He questions it himself at times throughout the book. It makes you want to keep reading to find out how it all turns out in the end.


  • The jumping back and forth between timelines seemed confusing to me. Eventually I got used to it, but at first it was hard to keep the storyline straight.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. I enjoyed it and am excited to read the next book in the series.


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