Christmas season has properly hit me this week! It’s been sparkly jumpers and cheesy tunes all week, and tomorrow’s my work Christmas party/Secret Santa shenanigans! Are you feeling the festive season?
That said, I’m not reading the most festive book – but the cover’s red at least?! I did start reading The Road but that is NOT one for the festive period!! Anyway, it’s What Are You Reading Wednesday, so I’ll get on with it and tell you what I am actually reading!
(We’ve been doing What Are You Reading Wednesday a few weeks now so I won’t explain how it all works here, but if you’re new and want to find out how and get involved, check out my first What Are You Reading Wednesday post for a full rundown of what it’s all about! 🙂)
MY CURRENT READ
Okay, so I hopped onto the V.E. Schwab train earlier this year with the Shades of Magic series, and I loved it. However, since I’m desperately trying to meet my reading challenge for this year, I’ve put off the last book in that series, A Conjuring of Light, until next year as it’s a bit of a chunk! But I needed some Schwab back in my life, and thought I’d try her adult novel, Vicious.
It follows Victor and Eli, two very intelligent men whose academic theory about creating superhumans becomes reality with deadly consequences. Once friends, now foes, the story flips between their college days and modern day, detailing how they became the warped way they are, and their desperation to see the other dead.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PICK UP THE BOOK – COVER OR CONTENT?
Neither, actually. I do prefer the US edition cover, but it was over double the price, so pah! If I had to pick, I’d say content, but it was more its author that pulled me in. I had faith Schwab would keep me hooked the way she did with A Darker Shade of Magic.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER SO FAR, AND WHY?
Victor or Mitch! Victor is sharp, cunning and kind of the stereotype villain – but at the same time, he’s not. The way Schwab plays out the two main characters, we end up unsure who’s the bad guy in the situation. It reminds me very much of Death Note – are you right to kill who you think is doing wrong, or does that make you just as bad?
Victor is an interesting, multi-faceted character who doesn’t hurt or kill for the sake of it, or even for a divine mission of some sort, but he does hurt and kill if it fits his plan. He doesn’t try to be good or evil – he just tries to be. I wouldn’t say he fits wholly into the bad or good box – his character is in a grey area in that respect.
Eli, on the other hand, I quite intensely dislike (though I still enjoy reading his chapters), as he reminds me of Light in Death Note, who really rubbed me up the wrong way! Both characters are very self-righteous, playing God and believing their mission to be the right one, no matter how twisted they become along the way.
Mitch is a lovely character – he’s described as huge, burly, tattooed up to the neck, and an ex-con, but seems like a bit of a teddy bear when you get to know why he was locked up, and what he’ll do for those he cares about.
WILL YOU FINISH THIS ONE?
Yeah, buddy! I think I’ll finish it tonight; I’ve only got about 40 pages left.
THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF…
As I mentioned above, it really reminds me of Death Note! There’s not as many clever traps and riddles in Vicious as there are in Death Note, as the former focusses more on building the missions and mindsets of the two main characters, who go head-to-head. One believes he’s doing the world a favour and is on a mission from above, and one sees the world in an entirely different, more scientific way and wants revenge for the wrongs he’s suffered. There’s not really a clear “good” guy – one kills because he thinks he’s saving the world, whereas the other doesn’t make it his mission to kill people, but won’t hesitate to severely hurt people to get revenge. I know Death Note doesn’t have a cut and dry good guy/bad guy as such, but I think that people would ultimately say L was the good guy and Light was the bad guy if pushed, as although Light may only kill “bad guys”, he’s still a killer.
If you like Death Note, read Vicious, and vice versa!
WHAT KIND OF READ IS THIS? (SLOW BUT INTERESTING, CAN’T PUT IT DOWN…)
It started interesting but not can’t-put-it-down interesting, but it wasn’t long before I couldn’t let it leave my hand!
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