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"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 archnemeses have set a course for revenge-- but who will be left alive at the end?"--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466822177
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (364 pages)
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May 13, 2019

Wouldn't quite describe it as a super hero book as the action was limited but good sci fi read with an excellent ending!

Mar 02, 2019

1st book - 2nd book (vengeful) won best sci fi of 2018

SClibrary_AmberAces Feb 25, 2019

If you like anti heroes, are a big fan of dark super hero movies, and love good writing this is a great book for you! Fast-paced & compelling, one of my favorite books by Victoria Schwab.

Dec 20, 2018

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Nov 28, 2018

Set in familiar world of superheroes, this book is unique by focusing on the origins of EOs (Extra Ordinaries) and what happens when they don't use their powers for good. I fell in love with this book based on the description, and was so afraid it would disappoint. Instead, it managed to surpass my expectations and become such a favorite of mine that it's probably the book I most recommend to others. I love how it flips the script on good vs evil and makes you root for the person that in typical superhero stories would be the villain. The characters are incredibly fleshed out and realistic with their abilities coming forth in a way that is described naturally and scientifically. I'm rereading this book in anticipation of the sequel and hope that Vengeful will also surpass my expectations.

JCLAndrewP Jan 18, 2018

Stunning, complex, dark, and twisty. Pretty much my favorite things about this book. Schwab does not disappoint with this tale of superhuman rivals Victor and Eli. Who is the hero and who the monster? Or maybe they are both? The morality of both characters is questionable at best as they both do everything in their power to kill each other. Seriously, this book is amazing.

Sep 06, 2017

Mmph, that was good!

I don't know if it was because we know Eli and Victor as young adults or it's Schwab's writing, but the story never really felt "adult" to me. It was easy to read and hugely entertaining. I'd forgotten how fun her books are. This was different, but so good, with our interesting cast of villains.

Mar 24, 2017

This was the first book I've read of V.E. Schwab and was a fantastic one to start with. The morally gray characters and switching time periods, made this book fantastic. I loved the powers that the character's in this novel have, and how they acquire them is beyond interesting. Victor and Eli's reasons for disliking one another are so deep and resonating and both have such belief in what they are doing it's hard to choose a side. The back story and present day flipping really helped the plot stay interesting, and the fact that V.E. Schwab made the reader interested in both sides equally is proof of her exemplary writing skill. This novel would make an amazing movie and already seemed like on with Schwab's vivid writing. 5/5 stars and one of my new favorites.

Mar 08, 2017

Two villains - two best friends - two intelligent beasts. A delicious battle of wits and dirty consciences trying to best one another. A wonderful tale of supremacy and inflated egos, strengthened by acquiring superpowers. A predictable story, a good ending and a very enjoyable read for those of us who like supervillains.

MissMellissa Feb 03, 2017

I struggled to like it as much as I did her "Darker Shade of Magic" series, but it fell just a bit short for me. Honestly though, this is a solid read and a stand alone fantasy novel with a really interesting and dark concept. I would definitely add it to your "to read" pile.

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May 21, 2018

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Jun 21, 2015

Victor and Eli are two arrogant college students whose friendship is filled with competition and jealousy. For his thesis, Eli decides to research EOs - "ExtraOrdinaries", aka superheroes. Out of fascination and eagerness to best Eli, Victor involves himself and their research takes the two of them too far and Victor and Eli both end up experimenting on themselves to become EOs. With their new powers, conflict occurs between the two and Victor ends in prison while Eli spends the next ten years hunting down EOs and "executing" them. A decade passes and Victor has escaped from prison, and thus begins a riveting chase between the two fuelled with hatred. Victor, with the help of a gentle giant named Mitch and a young girl named Sydney, plot to kill Eli while Eli and his mind-controlling partner try to locate Victor.


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