Book Review | The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1, 2o16
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Space, Dystopia, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

Trigger Warning: Attempted rape

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Summary (from Goodreads): Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. 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… 

Review: I was very disappointed with the first half of this book. There were so many great reviews and high star ratings. Maybe it was the fact that it was hyped up so much but I really didn’t feel interested in carrying on with this one. It was very slow and took a while to get a grasp of what exactly was going on in this world. However, I didn’t want to not finish it so I gave it a chance and I enjoyed the second half more once there was a substantial amount of action.

I didn’t like any of the characters. Sidonia made my eyes roll. Nemesis way of thinking drove me nuts but if I was to pick 1 character that was okay it would be her. Her relationship with whatshisface felt very forced and wasn’t very interesting.

The way the Helionic? people acted reminded me of how people act in The Capitol in the Hunger Games novels. The political aspect was interesting once I was able to understand it. Throwing in all these titles takes a while to make sense how they all relate and whom is higher up on the scale.

Also, there was an attempted rape scene that was REALLY REALLY unnecessary.

This was an ok read. It wasn’t anything new. I wouldn’t really recommend it. There are better books out there.



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1 Response to Book Review | The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

  1. I felt similarly about this one. I got it in a Quarterly Box and liked the other books in the box better than The Diabolic. I think some of my less discerning students will enjoy it, which is why I haven’t gotten rid of it, but it was just average for me. It seems to be an unpopular opinion since there was so much hype.


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