Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: November 1st, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Pages: 416
Series: The Diabolic #1
1. The Diabolic
2. The Empress (expected pub October 31, 2017)
3. Untitled
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...

I really enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down! It was awesome following Nemesis’s story and watching her learn and grow as she tried to fill Sidonia’s shoes under the watchful eye of the Emperor.

Nemesis wasn’t created to feel and have opinions. But when she’s living at the Chrysanthemum with the Royal family, she realizes that she can’t pretend to be a human without some side effects, such as blooming feelings and strong opinions. When tragedy strikes, Nemesis has to team up with some unlikely characters to fulfill her purpose and survive in the Emperor’s world.

All the characters have been well thought-out and are unique in their own ways. Nemesis is a really strong lead female; she’s the picture of physical strength and soon begins to learn about morality and what makes a good person. I think my favourite character was Tyrus, the Emperor’s nephew. He’s next in line for the throne and spends most the book playing a dangerous political game. But what I liked best about him was the way he never judged Nemesis because she was a Diabolic, which is basically the equivalent to an animal in the eyes of the humans.

Apparently this book was originally published as a stand-alone, but now it has 2 sequels upcoming. As much as I’m excited to read more about Nemesis’s story, it was really well done as a stand-alone and I also would’ve been happy to have it end after one book. Now, all I can hope is that the sequels live up to my high expectations!

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