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First Impression Friday: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.


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?

By the time you read this post I will most likely be 2/3 of the way through Vicious. I know FIF posts are supposed to be about your early reactions to a book, but since I haven’t been able to put it down, I’m already about halfway into the story.

The relationship between Victor and Eli is quite intriguing. There’s nothing usual or endearing about their friendship. Right off the bat you get the impression that Victor is insanely jealous of his roommate. I expect that this is only going to escalate, resulting in some horrible event that is what ultimately puts Victor in jail. Perhaps an attempted murder attempt? I can definitely see Victor getting angry enough to try to kill Eli.

Sydney is a wild card at the moment. We hardly know anything about her, but I think she’s going to come out of her shell and do something epic. (Why? I don’t know. Just a hunch.)

I really hope we learn more about EOs and what they can do (and more detail about how they come to exist). I feel like some of that might be reserved for the next book, however. Can’t spill all the juicy secrets at once now.

I’m usually a fan of the good vs. evil power struggle, so I already know I’m going to enjoy this book. Plus, I think all the author’s books are great, so it’s kind of a given.

My prediction: 5 out of 5 stars.


7 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

  1. I’ve been hesitant to read this because I didn’t enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic – but what you’ve said makes Viscious seem like something I would enjoy much more. How do you think it compares? (If you’ve read A Darker Shade…)


    1. I ask myself that same question at least 10 times a day. Yesterday I took my pants off when I got home from work only to discover that there had been a sock hiding in there all day. I didn’t notice for about 9 hours. 😂

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