Saturday, October 19, 2013

2013 book 274

V.E. Schwab's Vicious
If there's one thing I love, it's novels about superheroes, and this is a really interesting take on the idea. We start off in media res with Victor, recently escaped from prison, looking to track down his old college roommate--who's passing himself off as a hero, but is something else entirely. Schwab flashes back and forth in time to their college days (and the origins of their powers) and to the days preceding the opening scenes, when Victor's picked up a twelve year old girl with powers of her own (his rival is allied with her older sister). Really interesting mythology for powers here, too. It's a little bit more psychologically dark than most superhero novels, I'd say, and also really hard to predict. Up until the very end, I wasn't sure how things were going to go. But I loved it. A.

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