October 30, 2016

The Diabolic by @SJKincaidBooks @simonteen #BookReview

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.

S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. She's chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.

This was a trip. I've read this book 4 times and I just can't get enough. This book is so involved with twists, turns, love, and betrayals. It's up there with the likes of Red Queen.  

This book answers the question. Does something that was engineered have feeling? Do they have souls? Can they fall in love? 

This one has it all! It all starts with us learning about what a Diabolic is with Nemesis.  It goes from there to us finding out years later that she is to be sent to impersonate her the girl she was created to protect.  The entire story really takes off from that point.  

This book has a lot of philosophical, political talk and is very addicting in its story telling.  The author has done a wonderful job totally immersing us in this world.  She doesn't shy away from the hard topics of what it means to be in a world that has left education behind.  I really loved how this world is so beyond our own technology but they have no knowledge on how to fix their own way of life. Ships are exploding and ripping space in two. People/animals are used and killed all for sport, etc.  

The way that each character interacts in this book is amazing.  Again there are a lot of twists and turns that reminded me so much of the big reveal in Red Queen.  But don't be fooled you won't see it coming and when you think you know. You will find out that you don't!  It was one ride that I just had to pick up again and again. I can't wait to own a finished copy of this one!  

Risk, Forbidden Romance, Twists, Loss, Suspense, Action, and more await the reader of The Diabolic! 

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