The Diabolic

The Diabolic

Book - 2016
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Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481472678
Characteristics: 407 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 06, 2018

What a read! By far the best title a have read all year. Whether its a strong cast of characters, twists that will will leave you stunned, and a ending so impressive that I would call it the best ending that I've read! This is a must read for anyone. Get this book now!

Dec 14, 2017

This is such a refreshing YA novel. I loved every moment of it. Not only is it fast paced but that characters are super compelling and feel genuine. It shares similarities to Red Rising by Pierce Brown but that's a great thing. Just can't wait for the second book.

Jess_library Apr 10, 2017

If you are looking for a gritty teen sci-fi novel, look no further than The Diabolic. Follow Nemesis, a girl bio-engineered to be a bodyguard to a princess, as she infiltrates the Emperor's space station by posing as her charge and pretending to be human. She'll have to navigate political intrigue and religious fanaticism ash she tries to keep her secret and determine the loyalties of the people around her.

This book stayed with me long after I closed it. It was an thoroughly engaging read.

Mar 16, 2017

This was such a great sci-fi book! I really liked the characters, the intricacies of the characters and how things could be adjusted like appearances with just an injection. Nemesis is a great character who was made for fighting yet she hasn't lost all her humanity and as the story goes along she gets more of it back. There is a lot of diabolical scheming. Not too much with surprises but a few times I questioned what I was reading. Did Tyrus really love Nemesis or was he only interested in being the Emperor? It's a really good book and is a fast read.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 10, 2017

I had to buy this book after I saw S.J. Kincaid speak and she talked it up at Tattered Cover--and I was not disappointed. I love retellings, and I really appreciate that while Kincaid is using a retelling of I, Claudius, she has created an epically brilliant and original plot line that isn't a direct retelling of this play.

Mar 08, 2017

One 'bad' book. A little blood, and a little promise goes a long way in Diabolic's conspiratorial world.

Edit: Ok. Maybe 'a lot more' blood.

Jan 03, 2017

Amazing! Adventure, romance, murder, politics - all in space!

Nov 27, 2016

This was quite a good book. I really enjoyed the ideas incorporated along with the dystopian sci-fi setting, though I felt that it fell flat every now and then. In particular, there are times when the characters discuss doing something or an idea is presented to the audience and then it isn't followed through, making me wonder why it was even brought up at all in the first place. I got frustrated by this several times, so to me this was the main flaw. Another thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that there weren't many characters that were truly fleshed out. I had hoped that over the course of the book depth would be added to more of the people surrounding Nemesis, only to be denied. It's not like this hurt the story in a truly significant way, but I believe that it could have been a much more powerful tale if side characters were treated like they were more important since they help drive the narrative forward. I think the story was strongest when it was centered around the relationship between Nemesis and Tyrus (who was my favorite character). I won't give any spoilers about the ending, though I will say that I was disappointed by a certain aspect of it which I felt weakened the finale overall. Still, I really did like this book and will most likely read it again.

ArapahoeCatherine Nov 18, 2016

Nemesis is one of the best characters I've read this year! I loved this book SO much! Reminiscent of Star Wars and inspired by I, Claudius, the world is fascinating and the characters really drive the story. Read this book!

Nov 17, 2016

I absolutely love this book and hate it at the same time. The emotions running through my head after I read this kept me awake for hours before I could fall asleep. The ending hit me so hard I was emotionally reeling with impact, but in a good way. This dystopian sci-fi novel about self-worth is actually so great. I know I said this already, but I really do love it. Nemesis bonded with me in a way that was psychologically understandable, (not like the actual diabolic bond, of course.) Looking back now, I noticed that there was actually a lot of parts that blew me off the expected course, but I just didn't notice them because I got way too into the book. The characters are all so real that you don't even feel as if it is a book, but as if they are all around you at times. Awesomely awesome! 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Diabolic, written by S.J Kincaid takes place in a dystopian and futuristic society, where the influence of technology is evident in every aspect of living. Including in the very meaning of survival, which introduces the main character, Nemesis who is a female Diabolic, a mixture of human and engineered genetics, who can be defined as a literal killing machine. As a Diabolic, her mission is to protect her bonded companion, who happens to be Sidonia, the daughter of a very influential family in this science-fiction world. However, when it comes to protecting Sidonia, Nemesis is willing to sacrifice more than just her life, but when the only way to protect Sidonia happens to be impersonating Sidonia herself, Nemesis is left to become the one thing she thought was impossible. She has to become human, no longer a cold killing machine. This book is filled with secrets, where all readers are left wondering the true intentions and meanings of all the characters. Overall, I recommend this book to 14-year-olds and older, with a rating of 4/5 stars.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Diabolic is an appeasing book to all audiences, even those who are not fans of sci-fi novels. A mix of dystopian and thriller, this book follows the story of Nemesis, a diabolic made to serve Princess Sidonia von Impyrean. Bonded together by force, Nemesis strives to protect Sidonia in any way possible; enough to kill her enemies with ultra-powerful strength. All is well until Sidonia’s father begins tracking ancient ways of living, and Sidonia is called in the presence of the Emperor. Nemesis serves in Sidonia’s place to protect her from the evil of the Emperor and experiences the way of life in the Chrysanthemum; from the mad prince to finding friendships in unexpected places. Travel through the Chrysanthemum and beyond with Nemesis as she struggles to find the truth about who she really is, what she really feels and the unexpected bonds she has with the world. Kincaid beautifully illustrates the emotions from tragedy, fear, compassion and love that delivers an intense message- maybe we can all live beyond what we are capable of. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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May 06, 2018

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