Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse.

–Joseph Brodsky

Vicious is a adult science fiction paranormal novel by V.E. Schwab.


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 arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? [1]


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Victor Vale

Eli Ever



Mitch Turner

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Trivia Edit

  • Vicious was originally written to be a standalone since it was unsure whether it would be successful enough to continue as a series.