Author: S.J. Kincaid

Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

Posted January 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Diabolic by SJ KincaidThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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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...

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is intense! There were a few times that I had to close the book and take a break for a few minutes because I just couldn’t stand what the main character had done. This is the mark of fantastic writing, when I identify with the character so much that I just can’t stand to see them in trouble. The action scenes were also excellent. This book was fast paced and exciting! There was a good mix of action and political intrigue that kept me guessing.

Nemesis goes through so much growth in this book! I loved her character development. She grew from the soulless killing machine that she believed herself to be. I’ve always been a firm believer in the Fake It Until You Make It philosophy. Nemesis embodies this throughout the book. Nemesis is asked to go in Sidonia’s place to court. When that happens, she has to pretend to be her in order to protect her, Nemesis has to pretend to know so much more than she does. She quickly learns all about court etiquette, gossip and politics, while struggling to do what Sidonia would do.

If there was one thing I would change, it would be the supporting characters. I spent a lot of time wishing that the other characters besides Nemesis were more fleshed out. Nemesis I loved. I really empathized with her. I hurt when she hurt, I cheered when she won, and I was afraid for her when she was in danger. So the discrepancy between that and the other characters was huge. Nemesis spent most of her life bonded to Sidonia. Sidonia was, arguably, the most important person in Nemesis’s life. So it bothered me that I didn’t care more about her. She should have been an important supporting character, but she wasn’t. Then there was the Emperor’s heir, Tyrus, who I wanted to like but it never happened.

In short, I love love love LOVED Nemesis but I connected with absolutely none of the other characters. That’s ok. Nemesis was enough to drive the book for me. Still I wish that I could have had a little connection with everyone, in addition to the intense empathy I had for her.