Title: The Diabolic
Author: S. J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2016
Page count: 403 (hardcover)
Age recommendation: 14+
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… ~ Goodreads
What the heck was this book even? It was set up sooo well. A futuristic world in SPACE. A unbreakable bond. Someone pretending to be someone they’re not. A little romance on the side. AND A FREAKIN NINJA MURDERER FOR THE MAIN CHARACTER!!! IT SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE MY KIND OF BOOK! The author here had such a HUGE range of possibilities to go on here, with extreme situations, cool technologies, genetically engineered peeps, there’s really NO END to the possibilities!!! And the first third? Quarter? Half? Of the book is really good with that! I really enjoyed the inventions and stories, even is it was a bit slow. But then, it apparently reached its peak point of awesomeness and sorta totally went downhill. The author seemed to decide to suddenly put EVERYTHING in the last part, EVERYTHING! Like, the whole plot was jammed into the last half. And there’s a LOT of plot! A LOT! This also would’ve been a good time for character and world building, but we’re done with that. NO MORE! Except for Nemisis. Apparently she ISN’T a monster AFTER ALL! She’s actually a person WITH FEELINGS! (Not that that’s a bad thing, but she’s supposed to be a emotionless ninja that like destroys things, AND SHE DOESN’T DESTROY THINGS!) Then there was ROMANCE! SO MUCH ROMANCE! I TURNED FROM A DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI NINJA NOVEL INTO A ROMANCE NOVEL! A SPACE ROMANCE NOVEL!!! Which I wouldn’t want to read if I actually liked romance novels BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH VIOLENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then the gorgeous cover was very MISLEADING!!! I thought it would be MORE LIKE NINJA BUT IT WAS MORE LIKE MINDLESS VIOLENCE! WHICH I HATE! And then romance is bordering on insta-love. It’s SO close to crossing that line. SO CLOSE! I also thought that she, Nemisis, would be a lot smarter and more powerful but alas alack, plus that ending was very strange and rough. I felt like there could’ve been one hundred more pages easy. AND WHERE WAS THE POLITICS? SOME DISTANT GALAXY?! NONE OF THE PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED AT THE END! JUST SOME ‘GRAND PLAN’ THAT SHE TRUSTED ONE PERSON, A GUY, TO BECAUSE ONLY HE COULD SAVE THEM ALL. The plot and story unfortunately had an overdose of Cliches that made me feel like I’d read half of the book before. And then there was this thing about a frog taking a scorpion across the river and then the scorpion stung the frog and then the frog dies and the scorpion drowns??? And then at the end it’s like, maybe the only way to survive is to BOTH be a scorpion!! And I’m like, um NO! YOU’LL BOTH KILL EACH OTHER!!!!! THE ONLY REAL WAY TO SURVIVE IS TO BOTH BE FrOGs!!!!!!!!!
scorpions in our way, dangerous creatures crossing the most treacherous of rivers together. Together we might sting – but we also would float.
Like um no???? YOU WOULD DROWN!!!
Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.