Here the pitch, per Victoria's blog:
Sounds like a tub full of awesomeness, right? I think so. I had a chance to hear about Vicious it straight from Victoria at one of her book signing events in NYC. I posted it here.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?
On March 5, 2013, Irene Gallo, Art Director at Tor Books released this great post about the illustration process for Vicious. The end result:
I think it is fabulous, reminds me of a view of Gotham City (à la Batman). I can't wait to read it!
Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Tor
ISBN 0765335344 (ISBN13: 9780765335340)
Edition language: English