The Diabolic

by S. J. Kincaid

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LoveReading View on The Diabolic

In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic     Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia.

Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must kill to protect the person they’ve been created for. Nemesis must protect Sidonia, sole heir of a Galactic Senator who will take his seat after he retires. When news of the Senator’s rebellious activities reaches the Emperor, Sidonia is summoned to his court, and so in a unique take on the Prince and the Pauper, killing-machine Nemesis goes in Sidonia’s place.

While the dangers and dramas of life in a corrupt intergalactic Empire will keep readers racing through the pages, one big question permeates the action as Nemesis becomes more deeply entrenched in danger: what does it mean to be human?  With its seriously sassy heroine and darkly dystopian sci-fi setting, this adrenaline-charged standalone is ideal for The Hunger Games aficionados.  ~ Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen

The Diabolic Synopsis

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 inside her that is true and pure - more so than that of most humans she encounters. Amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life - and the empire.

The Diabolic Reader Reviews

Teens and YA's love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Cesca Anderson, age 15 - 'The Diabolic is just incredible! It is fast-paced, exciting and contains a story unlike any other.'
  • Humaira, age 18 - 'The writing was gold- this book is heavy with greatness- I love it.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'This book was full of plot twists and they always came at a moment when you were so sure you knew what was going to happen.'
  • Jess Kenny, age 12 - 'I was not reading this book, I was living in it, watching it.  This book is amazing...I have no words. I could not put it down.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 15 - 'I really loved this novel! I couldn't put it down. It was so original and the storyline was so creative and the plot twists were fantastic!'
  • Ella O'Gorman - 'There are several exciting twists and turns, with an interesting ending that neatly ties up any loose ends.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 16 - 'It was exciting, thrilling, mysterious and magical, exploring almost every emotion I can think of and coming all together to form this wonderfully gripping and unpredictable book, with twists and turns around every possible corner.'

The Diabolic Press Reviews

Nemesis is my kind of strong female character - she fights ruthlessly, she loves to the max and she even dances brilliantly. But is she human? -- Sally Green, author of Half Bad

Think Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games in space with lashings of romance The Bookseller, Ones to Watch

With an adventurous, high-concept plot and emotionally complex characters, The Diabolic is definitely one of the best YA books of the year Culturefly

We hope there will be further tales to come set in this richly conceived universe Cultbox

Epic and electrifying Maximum Pop

A thrilling, pacy, addictive YA read -- Amy Alward, author of The Potion Diaries

A potent mix of Star Wars and The Hunger Games, this high octane epic stand alone will ensnare you in its web of intrigue right up to the nail biting finale. 5/5 Stars. The South Wales Evening Post

Brilliantly jam packed with political manoeuvrings and paced with action at every turn...the author deserves a lot of praise for writing such a masterful story The Bookbag

Full of intrigue and plot twists, great characters, some romance and loads of action, it's rightly billed as the next big thing in YA. Entirely gripping. -- Melanie Chadwick

A twisting tale of court intrigue, science fiction and what makes us human, full of action and feeling. I really enjoyed sinking into it. -- Craven Wild, blogger

I totally loved it and could recommend it to any YA reader -- Hannah Russell, blogger

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ISBN: 9781471147142
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471147142
Publication date: 1st November 2016
Author: S. J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),

About S. J. Kincaid

S. J. Kincaid  is a fully trained nurse who wrote six books before Insignia was picked up to be published. She originally wanted to be an astronaut, but decided to become a full-time writer after spending a year studying in Edinburgh and living next to a haunted graveyard. Her favourite place to write is her apartment, and she has reverted back to being a lover of print books after a brief flirtation with (and expensive destruction of) an e-reader. S. J. Kincaid lives in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.

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