Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

This was one of those spontaneous purchases based on Amazon’s recommendations. A superhero novel? Okay, I will try it. I don’t want to imply that I didn’t enjoy it, but my sense is that I would have loved it even more if I was a 14-year old boy. It is also hard for me to follow (sometimes) a story that is told backwards. That said, I did find it to be a highly enjoyable fast-paced read, and one that also explored some heavy themes that will leave the reader thinking about the story for days after the finished reading.

Namely, which one of the EO’s is a good guy, and which one is a monster? Victor’s character has elements of trying to control his monstrous tendencies. Eli, on the other hand, believes that he is doing the Lord’s work (which is even scarier). The book kind of reminded me of that old show “Heroes.”

The lines between the good guy vs. the bad guy are blurred. Just like life. We all go a little mad sometimes.