Summary:Victor and Eli started out as college roommates who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest 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 with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find. 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?
Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.
What makes a person “good?” What makes a person “evil?” Are some people predestined to be “evil?” In Vicious, V.E. Schwab follows the story of two men – one bad, one worse – in an attempt to answer these questions. What follows is a thrilling and thought-provoking novel about the roots of good and evil.
Once upon a time, Victor and Eli were roommates in college. Some would even say they were friends. But all that changed when Eli discovered a seemingly impossible fact: under the right circumstances, a person could develop superpowers. What follows is a case of friendship and betrayal, of ambition and jealousy.
10 years later, Victor is released from prison. And he’ll stop at nothing to make sure Eli is stopped – before he kills everyone with superpowers.
The paper called Eli a hero. The word made Victor laugh. Not just because it was absurd, but because it posed a question. If Eli was really a hero, and Victor meant to stop him, did that make him a villain?
Where this novel shines is its characters. They are all so complex and multidimensional. Victor and Eli are both fascinating and intricate. Neither one of them is completely “good”, and neither one of them is completely “evil” either. Their personalities lie in a field of gray.
Above all, this is a fascinating psychological study on what influences and motivates people and how quickly those influences and motivations can turn for the worse.