Author: V.E Schwab/Victoria Schwab
Published: September 24th 2013 by Tor
Genre: Adult | Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Paranormal
Length: 9 Hours & 55 minutes
Rating: 5/5 stars
“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? “ ~Goodreads
First and foremost I absolutely love this book (this was a reread). It’s so different from other kinds of books I’ve read. This was my first book that was about a villain rather than the hero. V.E. Schwab has some amazing and beautiful writing. This was probably the first book that I ‘highlighted’ a lot in (I first read this book as an ebook). The characters are very well built and the plot is so different. This is a dark yet a sort of thought provoking book.
There’s so much to say yet I don’t really know what to say. It’s a beautiful and brilliant book. This book is in one of my top all time favorite reads. Since I don’t really know what to say I’ll just share some of my favorite quotes (that are hopefully spoiler free).
- “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
- “He wanted to care, he wanted to care so badly, but there was this gap between what he felt and what he wanted to feel, a space where something important had been carved out.”
- “The absence of pain led to an absence of fear, and the absence of fear led to a disregard for consequence.”
- “The moments that define lives aren’t always obvious. They don’t always scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there’s no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pact, no official letter on fancy paper. They aren’t always protracted, heavy with meaning.”
- “You must make time for that which matters, for that which defines you: your passion, your progress, your pen. Take it up, and write your own story.”
- “There are no good men in this game.”
I’ve heard there’s a book two in progress but I could be wrong. If I’m not I can’t wait for it to come out.
Quick warning, as it’s genre is adult, the book is dark and there is some swearing.