Review: The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

Dystopia, Fantasy, Politics, Recommendations, Review
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Title: The Diabolic
Author: SJ Kincaid
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 9

The Diabolic is a vivid, enthralling stroy packed with space, technology, and, best of all, entertaining politics!
Nemesis is a humanoid teenager, whose life has only one purpose- Sidonia Imperian, the naïve, trusting, and kind daughter of Senator von Imperian. When the Emperor summons Sidonia to court, Nemesis would gladly take her place, even if it meant committing high treason to the Emperor. But how will Nemesis cope becoming human, and trying to feel emotion? Find out in this action-filled book with a perfect balance of witty humour, scary tension, and plotting that will make you long for more!
My favourite character is Neveni, because I loved the way she stood up for her planet and people, and she is smart, kind, and courageous. My favourite part is in the introduction, where Nemesis meets Sidonia for the first time, as it shows both sides of Nemesis, and the way society treats Diabolics like her, and after she has demonstrated what she can do, Sidonia asks if they will be friends. Nemesis’s characterisation was brilliant, it worked really well to convey emotions (or lack of emotions!).
S.J Kincaid is a fantastic writer who created a fabulous society I was really able to see in my imagination, and she captured my attention with a subject I don’t particularly appreciate (politics) and turned into something fantastically intriguing and exciting! Everything made sense, and I loved the ending, which, on the whole was totally unexpected, but wonderfully entertaining and exciting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Uglies or Zeroes (Scott Westerfield) or The Hunger Games (Susan Collins).

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