The Diabolic – S.J Kincaid

A Diabolic is designed for only two things – to protect and destroy. Set in a futuristic galactic empire, The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid was a page turner and I finished it within a few sittings. If there’s any novel that could be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s this one.

The story begins with the introduction of a Diabolic. One diabolic in particular, soon to be named Nemesis meets her ‘owner‘ Sidonia, a daughter of a family living in the Emperor’s empire. After the Emperor learns that Sidonia’s father is actively supporting the rebellion, a group who believe in the teachings and ways of the past, Sidonia is summoned to the court. Instead though, Nemesis is sent in her place, a humanoid teenager who is made to look like her owner and face whatever the Emperor has planned.

What I loved…

Nemesis is a strong female character and I would definitely consider her to be a human being who has just been genetically modified to limit her capabilities of feeling anything other than extreme love and a need to protect Sidonia. At most points in the story she is tough on herself, experiencing new feelings of love, sadness, happiness and jealousy that she thought a Diabolic wasn’t supposed to feel. In a way, I would say she’s more human than any of the other naturally born ones in the story. 

I loved that Sidonia and Nemesis had a strong friendship, even if Nemesis thought this was something that had been made for her to feel. Sidonia actively nudged her to realise she was no different to her, and that even in a world where Nemesis had been told she was nothing above a Diabolic, Sidonia made sure this wasn’t the case.

The romance was perfectly placed in the novel and I’m glad there was a love interest involved. At first, a seemingly wacky and dangerous nephew of the Emperor is soon revealed to have alternative interests at heart. The relationship was really quite beautiful and had me in various emotional states throughout the book. 

What I didn’t love…

I would have liked a more climactic ending. Sure the ‘bad guys‘ in particular, got what they so rightly deserved but I just wanted a little more. I was left feeling slightly deflated but I’m not sure what alternative the writer could have provided. I’m all for action packed scenes so maybe something a little more pulse racing.

Is there a sequel in the works? I would have hoped that a teaser could have been provided at the end, as this definitely has the makings for a trilogy.

Overall, a great book that broke up the amount of crime/thriller I’d been reading recently. Definitely one for both teenagers and adults to read so make sure you get yourself a copy here.

Is this something you’d want to read? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer – I was gifted this book in return for my honest opinion.

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