Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid


 BOOK TITLE: The Diabolic
 AUTHOR: S.J Kincaid
 GENRE: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi -Dystopia
 PAGES: 416
 PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
 RELEASE: November 2016
 RATINGS: 5 stars
 BUY: Book depository

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.


"The moment you read the first line, it is unputdownable" _ Stanly Benson.

This book was love at first sight. At around eleven pm two days ago, i stumbled upon it and the cover literately knocked me off my seat (no jokes, it actually happened.) I remember jumping on twitter to confess my love for the diabolic cover to the author, who re-tweeted and responded to me (epic fan boy moment.)

My advice to anyone who wants to read this book; make sure you have no important appointments pre-scheduled and you have completed all your chores. The moment you read the first line, it is unputdownable (is that even word?)
The author brilliantly envelops us with the world she created in this the book. Although i could not pronounce half the words in the story, i still found every detail riveting. The world building was definitely en pointe. I had to do little bit of catch up while reading the story to understand just how futuristic the story was set, and the moment i got it, everything flowed nicely.
I read somewhere that the story was a hybrid of Red Queen and the Hunger Games. To a certain degree it is. However from the beginning, you can quickly tell just how outstanding the diabolic is. Sure it had the *spoiler alert* impersonation theme and what not but i honestly disagree, i believe the diabolic in its self is world of its own.
The characterization was beyond brilliant, the author gave each character a life of their own without digressing from the main character and it was very exciting following them through out the story. I loved how she made it very believable that an automaton could somehow develop human feelings. Love, hate, contempt and even happiness. By far, the most compelling thing the author did to her characters has to be making them actively involved in the story. I hate how you read a book and all the characters are just mere static; responding to whatever the narrator throws at them (peeve.)
Talking about narrator. The first person POV used in the story was so stable and consistent it was easy to just slip into the auto pilot. The tone was just right for the character and i found that oddly comforting.

I don't think there was anything i disliked about this story (probably because am still fan boying.) The diabolic is the first story i have EVER given a 5 out of 5 stars rating and its for a good reason, the book deserved. I highly recommend to everyone. If you have read or will read the diabolic, please share your thoughts with me via social media or down in the comment section. I really want to know what you thought of the book, and maybe you can point out some cons that i missed.

Thank you for reading.

~ Stanly Benson


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 was released in the of fall 2016.

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