Vicious by V.E. Schwab



Synopsis:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates - brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised 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 possiblity: 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. 

Thoughts:
Vicious started out extremely well, it was easy to read and yet still so psychologically complex at the same time. The story had promise and I was genuinely interested in how this was all going to pan out. It, unfortunately, became really predictable and tedious. There was absolutely nothing in this book that made me gasp or think back to what had happened previously - everything was pretty obvious.

The feud between Victor and Eli fuelled the plot line, but it never really had a real reason or purpose in my opinion. Obviously, there was something that started it off, but to me, it just seemed extremely pointless. The book just became very tedious because of this, as I didn't feel the whole story had enough backbone to keep me on my toes. Due to this, I feel as though it could have been a much shorter book as the story didn't really progress as much as stay stagnant - it was just filled with avoidable circumstances that created obstacles before the finale. Yes, you might say that that's the point of a book; things happen in between A and B to make the journey more interesting, but I didn't feel interested at all, just annoyed.

Saying all this, I didn't dislike EVERYTHING about Vicious. I loved Eli's character, he was just so multi-faceted and intriguing. He felt he had a real purpose through the plot, and it was fascinating to read of his theories and how he justified himself. Eli and Victor together in Vicious really made me think about the differences between good and bad; they both thought they themselves were good, and the other was bad, and this is what made it so brilliantly psychologically complex for me. You, as a reader, are made to debate between who was in the right and who was in the wrong - I personally think they're both as bad as each other, but obviously that's open for discussion.

Have you read Vicious, and if so what did you think?

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