Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is one of my favorite things during the week: a chance to highlight books I’m very excited about! This week my WOW pick is:
Vicious by V. E. Schwab. Release date: September 24 2013 (Tor). In case you don’t know, V. E. Schwab is Victoria Schwab, author of The Archived and the forthcoming The Unbound. This time it looks like she’s writing for the adult crowd, hence the slight variation on her name. In any case, I’m so excited to read this book. Here’s what Goodreads says:
A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.
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?
I love the graphic novel look of this cover. If you want to read more about the artwork, you can head over to Tor.com and see how artist Victo Ngai came up with the final cover design. What are you waiting on this week?