Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Disclaimer: There's a possibility of spoilers.
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?
Where do I start? How can I start? There aren't words.
Let's start this off by letting you guys know that my favorite character is the dog. It would always be the dog. But Vic? Oh Vic. Vic is a star. Vic terrified me but left me giddy too and boy was that a troublesome state of existential crisis.
Also, I can't explain my love for Mitch, who's the definition of unlucky. My heart literally plummeted every time I thought he was hurt.
And I don't know if it's just me, but I was getting a sort of Death Note meets X-men vibe. So many things in this book brought me to thinking of Death Note, Vic as L and Eli as Light, and that feeling I got from this book, the literal thrill! Why...I'm still reeling!
The writing style kind of jumps, I think, from person to person. Normally, that bothers me, but not this time. Took some getting used to but damn, am I glad I didn't stop.
The ending was predictable. Could be because I've been reading comics, graphic novels, manwhas, web-comics, serials and so on from the moment I could read, but it really was too predictable. It didn't take away from the story to me, but it made me pause and somewhat wince.
Now that we've got that out of the way, time for some much-needed screams of outrage and betrayal:
HOW DARE THEE HURT DOL?! AND TWICE?!