Waiting on Wednesday (#6): Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Hey everyone. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to highlight upcoming releases we’re dying to get our hands on.


Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: September 2013

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?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Victoria Schwab is an AMAZING writer. I loved her YA novel, The Archived – which has a sequel coming in 2014. She does a great job of bringing her world and her characters to life, making the reader feel as though they are living the adventure with the characters rather than simply reading about it.

I’ve heard amazing things about Vicious. I’m dying to get my hands on it. For you bloggers and reviewers out there, there IS a short sampler on NetGalley, but I hear it cuts off just as the book gets AMAZING, and you should only check it out at your own risk – Reading this short sample may cause you to scream in frustration and demand that Vicious release NOW! I’m still considering checking it out…

We still have 7 weeks until this fabulous book releases. To pre-order it, click here.

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