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Title:
Vengeful / V.E. Schwab.
ISBN:
9780765387523

9781250312471
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
478 pages ; 22 cm.
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."

Sequel to: Vicious (2013).
Abstract:
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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Summary

Summary

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

Villians
#1 Vicious
#2 Vengeful
"Warm Up" (short story)


Author Notes

VICTORIA "V.E." SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song , Our Dark Duet and Vicious . Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times , Entertainment Weekly , Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she splits her time between Nashville, TN and Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

This conclusion to the "Villains" duology picks up five years after the first book (Vicious) ends, with Eli Ever in prison and Victor Vale reanimated. The story moves forward and backward in time to connect that moment with the present day, in which ExtraOrdinary Humans (EOs) are being targeted by ExtraOrdinary Observation and Neutralization (EON). Led by Director Jonathan Stell, who initially put Vic away, EON is complicating Ever's and Vale's ability to destroy each other, as is a new villain, Marcella Riggins. A woman with a vendetta and ambition, Riggins's quest for power and creation of an EO team complicates Ever's escape plans and exploits Vale's ever-malfunctioning powers, leaving him to wonder if there is a limit to how many times an EO can reanimate. Resourceful, selfish, and motivated, Ever and Vale employ cunning strategies in their attempts to defeat Marcella and EON, so they can finally vanquish each other. VERDICT Schwab's strong writing, addictive action scenes, and fully developed complexities of plot and character combine to deliver a satisfying story.-Tina Panik, Avon Free P.L., CT © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.