Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Vicious (Villains, #1)” as Want to Read:
Vicious (Villains, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Vicious (The Villains #1)

by
4.27  ·  Rating details ·  37,196 Ratings  ·  7,402 Reviews
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 abilit ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Tor
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Vicious, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Tamara Stovall I think YA fans would enjoy the story but there is adult content that would result in an R rating if this were a movie. Cursing (including the F-word)…moreI think YA fans would enjoy the story but there is adult content that would result in an R rating if this were a movie. Cursing (including the F-word) and extreme violence (including violence with firearms and torture).(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Emily May
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."

I actually received an 100-page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked it up with absolutely zero expectations. Then, suddenly, I was catapulted into a world that did more than keep the promises of the blurb - A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world - but also introduced me to a memorable cast of characters,
...more
Em
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads, favorites

I really wish I had a megaphone so I could accurately get across just how much I fucking love this book.

True love is what you felt for that book you read twice in a span of 6 months. Never doubt my ability to read Vicious ten thousand times and remain just as interested and entertained every single time!!

This is literally the best anti-hero story that I have ever read and now I have to readjust every other expectation in my life to match it. I have so much of this book in my heart even my body
...more
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A week or so ago I asked my feed for reading suggestions featuring strong villainous characters, and this book received nearly unanimous acclaim from the majority of my friends who saw the post and responded. Now, normally I kind of hesitate going into anything with high expectations, but I immediately ran out and bought it and now I just have to take a moment to tip my hat to to all my friends who suggested that I read it.

This book was EVERYTHING!

I was so engaged by the story I was dreaded th
...more
Katerina
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: John Papadopoulos
Vicious (adj.):
1) Having the nature or quality of vice or immorality.
2) Dangerously aggressive, marked by violence or ferocity.
3) Victor Vale.
“Victor was out. Victor was free.
And Victor was coming for Eli - just as he'd promised he would.”

Eli and Victor used to be best friends. Smarter than the rest of the students of Lockland University, they tried to play God. Fascinated by the rumors about EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with supernatural abilities, they studied them at first, but later, they
...more
Ashley Nuckles
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to be reading Six of Crows but left it at work and started this in the meantime and FINISHED IT BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS WAS GREAT. I legitimately could not put it down. VE Schwab struck again! The complexity of the characters and the bouncing back and forth on the timeline and oh my goodness, if you're okay with reading about some college kids intentionally trying to kill themselves to get superpowers and maybe becoming accidental villains in the process PLEASE READ THIS ( ...more
Kai
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, owned, 2016
“There are no good men in this game.”

I'm in a Victoria Schwab fever. Can't really blame her though, her novels are amazing!

The most interesting thing about Vicious were its characters with their extraordinary abilities and the fact that there is no "good" main character. Both, protagonist and antagonist do ruthless things and leave a trail of violence and death, one more than the other. But I ended up rooting for some of the side characters and - of course - the dog.
Eli however really disguste
...more
❄️Nani❄️


Reading about messed up lunatics had never felt better, full satisfaction guaranteed.

A twisted tale of friendships, bitter jealousy, betrayal, loss and ultimately of revenge, Vicious is about Victor and Eli, former friends turned foes who also happen to be deviously cunning in (almost) equal measures.

Neither one can be categorised as simply good or evil and unlike many stories of similar kinds, this is in no way a tale of good vs. evil as there are no good guys in this scenario.
They’re both bo
...more
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy
3.5/3.75*
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites
Wow.
I absolutely loved Vicious, it kept me hooked right from the get go and as things got more and more intense, I could not put it down!
I plan on filming a full review soon alongside the #LittleBookClub liveshow, so I will be back with more detailed thoughts!
Verdict: READ IT YO :)
Regan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WHAT THE HELL EVERYONE IS SO MESSED UP.

BUT THATS WHAT MADE IT SO AMAZING.
amy
Jan 24, 2018 marked it as owned-tbr  ·  review of another edition
i’m just trying to live my life to the fullest by reading every single book victoria schwab has ever written
Anne
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Tale of Two Sociopaths.
One is just ever so slightly more lovable than the other...

description

This was right up my alley with all the Create-A-Superhero stuff!
The reality, of course, is that neither of these guys are heroes.
Victor and Eli were college roommates who experimented with a theory that Eli had about how Extra Ordinary people were created. Turns out he was right.
Ta-da!

description

Due to some unfortunate factors, Victor's transformation doesn't go quite as smoothly as Eli's. And because of that little sn
...more
☽Luna☾
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4/5

“But these words people threw around - humans, monsters, heroes, villains - to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”


Okay so I have always wanted to read vicious, I swear I've had it on my tbr since I was born. Why? Well because that blurb sounded oh so
...more
Angela
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-favorites
“Be lost. Give up. Give In. in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found.”

I've  heard all over Goodreads about how amazing VE Schwab is. How everything she writes is amazing. With the hype came me putting off reading this book. So, when Sandra picked this book out for us to buddy read I was happy that I would finally get around to it.

Vicious follows Victor and Eli who were best friends and college roommates. Whe
...more
Jessica
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, wishlist, favorites
Full Video Book Discussion



This book was incredible! One of my new favorites of the year!
I was interested from the beginning and I was pleased that Victoria Schwab's writing style was just as good as I remembered! I loved the way this was written with all of the flashbacks and I think that really added a lot to the story. So good. Highly recommend!
Cait • A Page with a View
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
These little sociopathic superheroes were so delightfully messed up.

I really don't know what to say about this that wouldn't spoil something because just the way everything unfolds makes it almost a mystery. The story jumps back and forth between the past and present (and various characters) and totally felt like a puzzle. Like you get little pieces here and there... and when you finally start to see the bigger picture or guess what it is, it's like WHAAAAT



Plus, the pacing was so well done -- i
...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 3.5

This is a book about superheroes---or rather, antiheroes, that started off wonderfully, but gradually wandered into genericville territory. It was still very good, but I'm still left with a sense of disappointment. The characters in this book didn't live up to my expectations, or to their own potential. It was the equivalent of a movie-based comic book adaptation, and granted, there have been pretty amazing ones...but still, this is a book. A book has so much more potential for
...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The easiest 5 stars I've ever given. Full review to come! I just need to gather my thoughts.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Eli and Victor are college roommates. I can't say that they are friends, because both of them are arseholes. We'll pretend they are friends.
Eli starts a thesis about EO's or Extra-ordinaries. Those are those people with extra super gifts after they "came back" from the dead.

So what do these two do? They decide to try it themselves.
It frigging works.

Ten years later Victor gets out of prison. (I give nothing away!! You have to read it) and comes after Eli.
Eli meanwhile decides that he is the
...more
Fabian
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I can see how anyone (esp. a younger-type millennial Anyone) who hasn't seen the early 90s Roberts-Sutherland-Baldwin thriller "Flatliners"* COULD be moved by this (you know, young 'uns playing with Death & stuff), a work of serious unoriginality. Another "X-Men"? No-oh thanks. (Unless, of course, you are under 30 & haven't yet gotten your fill of "ExtraOrdinary" people [hint: as much as you want to deny this, every person on earth is an EveryPerson... No one's born "special," y'all!!!! ...more
C.G. Drews
I THINK THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ME. I love villains. I adore anti-heroes. I love a character with a complex backstory, a little bit of warped thinking, and a weakness for chocolate milk. THIS BOOK HAD IT ALL. I'm a billion percent pleased.

My main worry, before starting, is that I'm a 98% YA reader and this is an adult book. But seriously? I didn't need to be worried. The writing is GOLDEN. It has less language/sex than a lot of YA books I read (!) and it's, in my opinion, just a
...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Vicious is the story of a villain and a hero. Or, that's what it disguises itself as. It's really the story of five different morally grey characters, all out for themselves, battling it out. This is a book that explores the hero / villain dichotomy and promptly shatters it to pieces.
Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone could be labeled a villain for trying to stop that person. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play
...more
Heather 'Bookables'
Wow this book! It really made me think with the whole good vs. evil thing! Loved this book!
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First read February 20, 2015.

This was my first time rereading this wonderfully dark little book, and I loved it just as much the second time around.
Ginger
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
5 STARS! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW! I had no idea I would like this book so much. I’m really glad I picked it up this month and gave it a chance. I’m really looking forward to the sequel that’s coming out this year!

It’s such a cool plot along with great characters. What’s not to love about questionable characters that battle on being good and evil?!

I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t love about this book from the writing, great plot, the EO abilities of the characters to the ending.
Loved the ending by
...more
Christian
Once again, I have no idea how to rate something. I really want to give this 5 stars, but at the same time there were small bits that I felt were missing, but then again it was so spectacularly well written and plotted and I CANNOT MAKE SENSE OF MY THOUGHTS. But I loved this deeply. That's really all you need to know.

* * *

My first ever Victoria Schwab book!! (Even though I own four of her books already, but I've been scared to start our relationship with the wrong one but this one feels right an
...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


Actual rating : 3.5 stars

If Vicious was disturbing and fascinating, I can't shake the feeling that something was missing for me to really love , especially when it comes to Eli's character arc. Now, trust me, I'm the first surprised to have felt so utterly captivated by Elie and Victor's researches. I mean, Eos? Please. I couldn't care less and every book involving them bored me to tears (here you go, Steelheart). That's why I feel the need to stress how compelling this story is Or, Serena made
...more
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
"There are no good men in this game."

Guys, Victoria Schwab is brilliant.
This is a FACT, it has been proved A MILLION TIMES, it has been proved once again. With this book.

Literally. This is the book I've been waiting for MY ENTIRE LIFE.

But guys, guess what!!! The main character's name is Victor.

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, VICTORIA SCHWAB!!!

It's gonna go on my list, waaaaaay up there along with Shades of Magic and Monsters of Verity. Hell, it's gonna go up there with Six of Crows, even.

When a
...more
emi
Review first written: 6.19.16
Review last edited: 9.13.16
First read 7.27.15-8.04.15
Second read: via audiobook in 9.25.16-10.16.16
Third read: 2.17.17

infinity/5 stars

“Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human. The difference between Victor and Eli, he suspected, wasn’t their opinion on EOs. It was their reactio
...more
Petrik
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: superhero and anti-hero fans
Before I get to my spoiler-free review, it needed to be said that this is my first V.E Schwab book and I have absolutely little expectation from this book. Why? It's because this is one of the book that I purchased when I was drunk and thought "ooh, that book cover looked kinda cool" and I bought it without knowing anything about it. I mean, just look at the cover, it's like a bloody twisted version of Sam & Dean from Supernatural TV series. Luckily, the book turns out to be really good, it ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Unbound (The Archived, #2)
  • One (One Universe, #1)
  • All Our Yesterdays
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime
  • The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade, #1)
  • The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard, #1)
  • Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)
  • Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)
  • Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5)
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming, #1)
  • Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)
  • Endsinger (The Lotus Wars, #3)
  • Tsarina
  • Quintessence
  • London Falling
  • Premeditated
  • Charm & Strange
  • The Waking Dark
13,714 followers
Also publishes under Goodreads Author, Victoria Schwab

Victoria has stated that books published under V.E. Schwab are adult releases and those under Victoria Schwab are YA.
More about V.E. Schwab

Other books in the series

The Villains (2 books)
  • Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Beneath the Shine
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Stepford Wives
    $9.74 $1.99
  • Time's Divide (The Chronos Files, #3)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • The Long Earth (The Long Earth, #1)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Gilded (Gilded, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Infinity Lost (The Infinity Trilogy #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Man of Legends
    $4.99 $1.99
  • All the Breaking Waves
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fellside
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Timebound (The Chronos Files, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Muirwood: The Lost Abbey: The Graphic Novel
    $7.99 $0.99
  • 2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey, #3)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Alas, Babylon
    $9.74 $1.99
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #4)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)
    $4.99 $0.99
  • The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Zeroes
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Dreams and Shadows (Dreams & Shadows, #1)
    $9.49 $1.99
  • Touch of Eternity (The Curse #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Touch
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dragon Rider
    $5.99 $1.99
  • An Unwelcome Quest
    $4.99 $1.99
  • EARTHCORE
    $4.99 $1.49
  • Luna: New Moon
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Traitor's Kiss (The Traitor's Circle, #1)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • The Void of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Dirty Magic (Prospero's War, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Red Knight Falling (Harmony Black, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Star Wars: Thrawn
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Zoo City
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Unmasked (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation, #3)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • Afterlife
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Unseen (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • The Dwarves (The Dwarves, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dryad-Born (Whispers from Mirrowen, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Unbroken Line of the Moon (Sagan om Valhalla #4; Valhalla #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Blackfish City
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting
    $8.49 $1.99
  • Silvern (Gilded #2)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Some Fine Day
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Random Acts of Senseless Violence
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Mystic (Mystic, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Uprooted
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Wormhole (The Rho Agenda, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Ciphers of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” 1150 likes
“When no one understands, that's usually a good sign that you're wrong.” 506 likes
More quotes…