Review: ‘The Diabolic’ by S.J. Kincaid

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Review: ‘The Diabolic’ by S.J. KincaidThe Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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Well that took a while to get through, but overall a well written stand-a-lone. I did feel the book dragged on and there was a lot of exhaustive scenes with tons of build-up. Kind of felt the ending was rushed or maybe that just me? I did feel the faith versus science war would have made a better story-line than this problematic political family.. Yikes! The coolest part about the entire book was reading about their advancements such as med bots, beauty bots and even zero gravity dancing. That was an experience you had to read about. I also felt some scenes weren’t too necessary plot-wise, it was more for characters and relationships to develop which isn’t anything bad, I just got bored really easily. That’s probably why it took me about five days to finish it. I just didn’t have the burning rush to finish it so I ended up reading it super slowly.


One main thing I had with their history was that instead of favouring technology and science, they favoured their faith. But to me, that wasn’t logical at all. How can you be traveling around the universe with one-thousand year old spaceships that are breaking apart?! If you don’t advance your knowledge or technology, then the human race becomes stagnant. I’m all for the being religious, but I believe you need both. I was even hoping for another life form to come in and take over, maybe even the diabolics lol… I wanted Nemesis to start reading all the ancient books and start amassing knowledge at break-neck speeds.


I liked how the main character is literally from a humanoid point of view. That was fun to read because she didn’t understand anything emotional. Granted, it was very predictable and cliche, but okay I give bonuses points for making this a political sci-fi read! Right off the bat, I immediately liked the love interest. Even from their first meeting, he made me laugh. I think most people would remember that encounter for a long time. I liked the problematic family situation though, I’ve never encountered characters quite like these before.


The Diabolic is a great stand-a-lone to add to your TBR lists, namely for the space-like setting and political intrigue. Grab this one if you like both!

book quotes

You can tell just by looking at me that I’m not a real person. (38)
The Emperor wishes me to send my innocent little lamb to the slaughter. No. Instead, I’ll send him my anaconda. (38)
I had no soul and very little heart, but what heart there was belonged to her. (40)
I love you more than I can bear sometimes. You’re a wonder and you don’t even know it. (53)
I am more than this. I am more. (209)
You are extraordinary. Is it selfish that all I can think now is that I want you for myself? (270)

“Someone who can sacrifice one person’s life so easily can also sacrifice others. (345)[/su_quote]

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  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    November 2, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Yeah, I was hoping this one would be AMAZING. I don’t read a lot of Fantasy/Sci-Fi stuff, but I saw this compared to The Hunger Games (which I KNOW, I know, I should ignore those damn comparisons) and I was hoping this would be the next YES book for me. Also, the standalone thing got me excited. I’m over every non-contemp book being a trilogy. Too bad this felt draggy for you. That’s a bummer!! IDK if I will try this or not. It’s going on the MAYBE shelf for now 🙁
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  2. Lauren @ Always Me

    November 1, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Definitely interested to see how this goes since I read the sample. Great review! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

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