*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
*2018 GOOD READS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION CATEGORY*
A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other.
With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.
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“Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred
Praise for Vicious
“Schwab's characters feel vital and real, never reduced to simple archetypes...In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic. Schwab's tale of betrayal, self-hatred, and survival will resonate with superhero fans as well as readers who have never heard of Charles Xavier or Victor von Doom.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"V. E. Schwab's Vicious is the superhero novel I've been waiting for: fresh, merciless, and yes, vicious. Wow."—Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If there’s anything more powerful than superheroes working together, it’s superheroes working against each other. In the second installment of the Villains series, Marcella Riggins is on the rise—and she’s smart enough to know that the hatred between ExtraOrdinaries Eli and Victor is something she can use to her advantage. V.E. Schwab has a special talent for coming up with gripping characters who are simultaneously larger than life and understandable at eye level, wrestling with self-loathing, betrayal, and other universal challenges. Vengeful is sure to suck newcomers into her world, while generously rewarding fans already hooked by Vicious.
With all the knife-sharp thrill of its cinematic predecessor, 2013's Vicious, bestseller Schwab's second Villains series plunges readers back into the world of extraordinary humans, or EOs, who were granted special abilities after near-death experiences. Upon being revived, Victor Vale discovers his pain-dealing powers are not only on the fritz but slowly killing him. With the help of hacker Mitch Turner, he seeks a fellow EO to cure him. Meanwhile, newly empowered Marcella Riggins and shape-shifting assassin June are taking over the local mob by force. Eventually the trail of bodies left by both groups bring them to the attention of EON, a clandestine paramilitary organization determined to contain or neutralize all EOs, and in whose laboratories serial murderer Eli Ever is being tortured in a never-ending science experiment. When ordinary human soldiers prove ineffective at tracking Victor or killing Marcella, EON lets Eli out of his cage, and these disparate-seeming threads are finally woven together with Schwab's characteristic skill, suspense, and vivid imagery. New readers and fans of Schwab's many other books for adults and teens will dive right in, and fans of Vicious will be overjoyed to rediscover this exciting series.