With just five days left until Christmas my fingers are tapping on the keys in hopes I can take some of the stress of shopping away with some reviews!
Today on the docket is S.J. Kincaid’s hit young adult science fiction novel The Diabolic. With a 4.07 rating on Goodreads it was about time I figured out what all the fuss was about!
Interested to see if The Diabolic had a high star rating for me? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2016)
Print Length: 416 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Narrator: Candace Thaxton
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…
Overall, The Diabolic was a good debut installment in a young adult science fiction series.
The Diabolic follows the story of Nemesis, a genetically modified diabolic, programmed to protect the one person she was created for. But when Nemesis’ person, Sidonia, is targeted for being the daughter of a Imperial Senator, the only way to protect her is to become her.
The premise of The Diabolic is unlike any I’ve ever read about before. While I read very little science fiction, I could appreciate the world Kincaid chose to build, pulling ideas from other more prominent examples of science fiction, all while making it her own. It was interesting that the society adopted an imperial system of government, with a heavy emphasis on the religious aspect that dominated these systems, while also including technology that these systems would have previously scoffed about.
The characters of The Diabolic were equally as interesting. Nemesis is just plain brutal, as her programming dictates. It doesn’t matter what horrific act she has to do in order to protect Sidonia, shes going to do it in the most faithful and monstrous way possible. With that said, however, when the twist happens near the end of the book, the quality of loyalty that made Nemesis such an interesting character to read about is seemingly thrown aside for the love of a boy, and not even a swoon worthy boy at that. Tyrus’ jealousy of Sidonia hurt his character for me. I mean, come on, Nemesis was created for Sidonia, so of course she is going to be conflicted when it is revealed that Diabolics can have feelings. I kind of wish Kincaid built the relationship of Nemesis and Tyrus over the course of the entire book as, at least for me, made the message of loyalty fall flat.
And yet, even with its flaws, The Diabolic’s twists and turns make it impossible to not pick up the next book, The Empress, especially after that ending.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.