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?
The word that started – ruined, changed – everything.” (pg. 62)
This isn’t a superhero story like you’d find with marvel comics. This is the story of two imperfect, arrogant friends who search for EOs, ExtraOrdinary people. Or to become EOs themselves.
Its a very realistic look at how perhaps someone might attain not quite natural power, and how they would play into today’s society. It plays with the idea of what is good? Evil? Divinity? All wrapped up in these two very flawed human beings.
“Lyne had called the outline solid, had said Victor was off to a running start. But Victor didnt want to run while Eli was busy trying to fly.” – page 46
Victor is no hero. Neither is Eli. They’re both playing a part. Their friendship/rivalry/whatever you want to call it was a fascinating. Something in their disturbing nature drew one another closer even as Victor wanted nothing more than to be better than Eli.
Whether it was the friendship or this anti-hero story that drew me in, once Schwab had me, she kept me. It was awesome, and a must-read for anyone who’s thought about what it might be like to be a superhero, to have some sort of power.
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