- Page Count: 364
- Release Date: September 24, 2013
- Publisher: Tor
- My Rating: 4 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?
These little sociopathic superheroes were so delightfully messed up.
I really don’t know what to say about this that wouldn’t spoil something because just the way everything unfolds makes it almost a mystery. The story jumps back and forth between the past and present (and various characters) and totally felt like a puzzle. Like you get little pieces here and there… and when you finally start to see the bigger picture or guess what it is, it’s like WHAAAAT
Plus, the pacing was so well done — it totally read like a movie at times! Everything just kept getting more and more intense and twisted right up to the awesome ending. I normally wouldn’t be super into a story like this that’s pretty much devoid of romance and features a bunch of antiheroes (like I definitely prefer A Darker Shade of Magic over This Savage Song), but IT WAS SO WELL DONE that I was totally into it! Schwab really can write some excellent monsters…