“…Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” ― V.E. Schwab, Vicious
I don’t particularly like reading dystopian-fantasy stories, but this wasn’t bad.
The book is divided into 4 parts. The first two parts involves world building and character development. The other two parts are a fast-paced buildup to the climax followed by a rather soft conclusion.
The conclusion is less impactful than what I had expected, and the open plot-point towards the end of the book just made me sigh. (I mean, really, a new plot point? I get it is for a projected series, but why bait readers!?)
The writing style is easy to follow and visualize, without going overboard with the details nor dragging the story. Though I would have liked to know more about the City of Verity.
Overall, 3.5 over 5 stars, because some aspects were missing overall to make this a perfect-read, which hopefully will be addressed in its sequel novels.
This is my first V.E. Schwab read, and I’m willing to give her other books a try as well.