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Believe all the hype about this book. THE DIABOLIC is a fantastic futuristic story about a Diabolic named Nemesis who was made to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. Nemesis loves Sidonia and would kill and even die to protect her. When Sidonia’s mother asks her to stand in for Sidonia and pretend to be her at the imperial court, Nemesis agrees.

This story is told in Nemesis’ POV only. I think that is part of what makes this such a good tale. Nemesis seems cold and distant to those around her, but she feels deeply. Her only objective is to keep Sidonia safe, and she does this at all costs. Nemesis is ruthless because she has to be. In this story we see Nemesis at her very beginning and how she came to protect Sidonia above all others, even herself.

The author has created a vast world for this story. Nemesis travels through space and visits some beautiful places to protect Sidonia. In this world we find med bots (to heal whatever ails you), zero-gravity dancing, and hair stilts (for automatic styling). This world has the potential to be so much fun, but this is dystopia so we don’t get too comfortable. Knowledge here has been outlawed. The whole universe uses technology that they no long know how to fix. The imperial court holds all the knowledge and ostracizes anyone who tries to teach or build.

Nemesis is thrown into the lion’s den as she tries to navigate imperial court and make allies that will help Sidonia. Nemesis has more to worry about then just acting human as people at court scorn her for Sidonia’s fathers love of knowledge. The Emperor is the true bad guy in a world where knowing the right people means everything.

I loved this story so much. It just has all the elements for a perfectly addictive read. The idea of Diabolics to protect important people should solve a lot of problems, but this story proves that idea doesn’t work. Nemesis is such a loveable creature, despite her violent tendencies. There is a slow burn romance weaved into this story that is already so entertaining. I rooted for it, and for Nemesis to rise above the crap around her. I give THE DIABOLIC my highest recommendation to sci-fi and/or dystopian fans. This is one of the best stories I have ever read. I almost wish it had sequel.

My Rating


The Diabolic series

Review: THE DIABOLIC by S. J. KincaidThe Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Series: The Diabolic #1
Also in this series: The Empress
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 1st 2016
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Thrillers & Suspense, Science Fiction
Also by this author: The Empress
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Simon & Schuster

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Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

About S. J. Kincaid

S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Her next book, The Diabolic, comes out in the Fall of 2016. She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012, followed by its sequels Vortex and Catalyst. The Diabolic was released in the fall 2016, and The Empress will be released October 31st!

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