The Diabolic

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. Nothing else.


SYNOPSIS: For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial 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 corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself. 

About the Book

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Series The Diabolic #1

Format Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date November 1, 2016

Read November 27 – November 28, 2017

Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Set in distant space in a galactic empire, The Diabolic is narrated by Nemesis, a humanoid teenage girl born and bred to be a weapon. Her only job is to protect Sidonia, a senator’s daughter, which she will do at any cost. When Sidonia’s father is suspected of treason, the Emperor orders Sidonia to the capital as a hostage, but Nemesis goes in her place. Upon arrival, Nemesis quickly makes enemies, but she also forms a shaky alliance with the enigmatic Tyrus, who is playing his own dangerous political game. After a tragedy, Nemesis must put her life—and the fate of the empire—into the hands of people she doesn’t fully comprehend.

Nemesis isn’t the most compelling character here. That distinction goes to Tyrus, who has been brought up in a royal household lorded over by a ruthless grandmother akin to King Richard III. His methods of survival and his ability to strategize are impressive, leaving readers to wonder if he can really be trusted.

The universe of The Diabolic is rich and complex; after a catastrophe, all scientific learning and the pursuit of technical knowledge has been deemed blasphemous to the prevailing religion which worships and recognizes the divinity of the universe itself – the living cosmos.

With technology developed to such a high level, everything is done by computer and the ruling elite have become indolent, spending their days seeking pleasure though intoxicants and tinkering with their appearance.

Among the conspiracies, which kept us guessing throughout and which we dare not spoil, The Diabolic is essentially a coming of age tale albeit with a twist, as it is not her maturity but rather her humanity which Nemesis slowly discovers among the status-obsessed monstrosities who inhabit the society around her.

It is also a love story, and a tale of divided loyalties as Nemesis’s burgeoning sense of self, plus rapidly escalating events, put her at odds with her original mission and force her to carve out a fresh path.

Have you had the chance to read The Diabolic yet? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Have you read any other novels about genetically-modified people? Is sci-fi one of your favorite genres? What other sci-fi books do you like? I’d love to know!