November 14, 2016

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Review:  The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

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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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  on November 1, 2016


This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).


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GabbyNewI like to think that within the last year I’ve become a big fan of sci-fi, but I’ve always had a soft spot for stories about worlds far away from our own. The Diabolic by author S.J. Kincaid is, without a doubt, one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve read and has everything a reader like myself could ever want from a story. Action? You’ve got it. Internal struggles? You’ve got it. A hint of romance and a unique setting? You have got it. The Diabolic is hands down one of my favorite novels of the year. It’s a story that just can’t miss.

              Having been bred solely to protect and defend the heir to the galactic Senate, Sidonia, Nemesis is a Diabolic. She lives without feeling emotions of her own. She is unstoppable. She is dangerous, cunning and whatever Sidonia needs her to be. Sidonia is the only person Nemesis has a human connection to and when the emperor threatens Sidonia’s life by summoning her to the galactic court, Nemesis is eager to masquerade in Sidonia’s place. However life in court is nothing like Nemesis anticipated. Every move she makes is closely watched, everyone is a threat to her and as a result, a threat to Sidonia. But as Nemesis engages in a dangerous game of politics, she finds herself allied with the most unlikely of people, and becomes involved in a plot that is bigger than she knows.

              There was never a moment while reading The Diabolic where I got bored. Being bored while reading this novel is just impossible. Every single chapter something new was introduced. Every single chapter the stakes were raised, the novel’s pace sped up, and my anxiety as to what would become of Nemesis increased. The Diabolic is the kind of novel that takes hold of you from the very first sentence and refuses to let go until the very last.

              The one thing that I think a lot of readers will enjoy about The Diabolic is how unpredictable the novel is. Countless times while reading I was left reeling because of a new plot twist, or a new plot point, or a new revelation. Nothing about The Diabolic can be anticipated by the reader. Kincaid does an amazing job of leaving readers on the edge of their seats, both excited and terrified to find out what might come next for her characters.

              Nemesis is the kind of protagonist that I adored, also. She’s a truly round character. The creature she is at the start of the novel in comparison to who she becomes at the end are two entirely different people. It was so interesting to watch her internal struggle as she tried to come to terms with her nature as a Diabolic while also trying to discover if it’s possible for her to discover humanity. The fact that she’s also an incredible badass just adds to her awesomeness.

              The romance portion of the novel is, of course, one of the other small things that makes The Diabolic outstanding. I’m a fan of will-they-won’t-they romances and The Diabolic definitely gives readers this trope. My heart was constantly being torn apart as I tried to see if the characters I shipped would end up together. And did they? Who knows (unless you read the novel, then you probably know).  

              I would recommend The Diabolic to readers who are looking for a sci-fi novel that offers everything they could ever hope for. It’s definitely one of the best books of the year, without a doubt. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. If you can read, you need to be reading The Diabolic.


About S.J. Kincaid

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.


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1 Comment

  1. Tanja

    Great review, I think I’ll give this book a try. I’m glad it’s a standalone, sometimes it feels like every ya novel is part of a series.


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