Vicious by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book sat on my shelf for way too long. I’m actually so disappointed with myself for sleeping on this book.
I knew I was going to like this book going in; it was just the feeling it gave off. The idea sort of reminded me of the film Chronicle a little bit (though this is way better than that even though I do like that movie). But if you told me that this would be one of my favorite books of the entire year, become one of my overall favorites, and leave me hunting for every exclusive edition ever; I never would have guessed it.
This blew away all of my expectations.
V.E. Schwab is quickly becoming one of my favorite/instabuy authors. The world in which she was able construct in this book, the depth of the characters, from Victor, to Eli, to Sydney, to Mitch, added so much to the story.
Victor alone is such a fantastic character, the kind of character that’s really interesting to think about, theorize about, and almost study. One of my favorite things about this book is the shades of grey morality throughout. Who is the villain and who is the hero? Sometimes it just depends on the perspective. Victor, certainly, in other circumstances, could be looked at as the villain, but to us, he is a hero or vigilante of sorts, if only one with extremely grey morals. He has no qualms about killing, is seemingly unfeeling but can’t help but take in Syd (as well as letting her keep Dol). He is by far one of the most deep and intriguing characters I have ever read in my life.
Eli is also such an interesting character, especially given all of the things we know about him, through himself and through Victor, and, if you’ve read Vengeful, you learn even more about him and the state of his psyche beyond what’s given in this book.
The non-linear storytelling is just so complex and intricate I can’t help but applaud Victoria for it. I can’t imagine the story being told so brilliantly in any other way. It adds so much to the story, and I think, helps us to understand the characters better than we ever could have if we were only reading the present timeline.
I also love the multiple POV; it was so well-done and it gave the story extra depth
This is a book that I can sit and think and overanalyze for hours and I love it.
If I hadn’t been buddy-reading this book I probably would have finished it in a day or two. It’s extremely bingeable.
I urge you and everyone in the world to PLEASE read this book! It is one of my absolute favorite singular books I have ever read and I don’t see that changing any time soon!
I will definitely reread this one.
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Vicious by V.E. Schwab