The Diabolic – Review


3.5/5 stars

Title: The Diabolic

Author: S.J Kincaid

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

Genre: Sci Fi

Release Date:  1st Nov 2016

Format: eARC

Source: Netgalley

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A teeny little synopsis, for your perusal:

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.

A quick snippet of my thoughts:

What initally drew me to The Diabolic was the premise. It sounded like sci-fi, with a bad-ass, potentially morally grey character.

Ultimately, the execution of this novel matched my expectations. It was fun (in a murdery, manipulative kind of way), and held my attention to the very end.

In saying that though, the ending felt somewhat ambiguous- you don’t know exactly who is telling the truth. Perhaps that was the author’s intent, but it left me wanting a few more ends tied together, and it disappointed me a little.
I really enjoyed Nemesis as a character, but I did feel that her character development did have a few flaws (*cough* instalove *cough*).

In terms of pacing, the opening chapters were quite slow due to the world-building, but the pace definitely picked up further on.

Keeping it short and sweet, but this was definitely a fun sci-fi read, that just might give you some food-for-thought.


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