The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
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“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. Nothing else.”
Oh this book…this book!! I give it 5/5 stars The way that it started out I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it honestly. It did have a beautiful cover when I saw it at the library so I picked it up. I had read that it was classified as a “space opera” so I was reluctant to start it. It did not disappoint me though, from the very beginning I was roped in by the cleverness of the story. Diabolics are genetically modified to be inhumanly fast and strong in order to protect the person they are bonded with. This story is about one diabloic in particular, Nemesis, the diabolic that is bonded to an intergalactic Senator’s daughter. This senator is a heretic and a direct target of the empire because of his outlandish beliefs. This book is a little bit of a love story, a lot about a universe in trouble and in need of some new leadership. It was fabulous.
Since it is futuristic and takes place in space, the author was able to create just about anything she needed in this story, and she did. There are so many little cool devices to help you style your hair and make up, medical bots that can heal you within minutes, even if you are close to death. They live in orbiting space environments so that is fun to imagine, even complete with a space gala.
It was a little violent for my taste at the beginning, with what seemed like unnecessary deaths of quite a few characters. You see in the end though that Nemesis needed those deaths to drive her and to make her realize what was important in the long run. She had to feel the loss and the sting of what it was like to lose everyone and everything. She was on her way to die in the last chapter for goodness sakes, those deaths were trans formative for her.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK
- This book kept the pages turning for me, especially after about half way through I felt like I couldn’t put it down.
- It’s so cool! Cool ideas with awesome imagery and good writing makes for a very entertaining read from beginning to end.
- It is a stand alone novel so it ends here! No pesky cliff-hangar endings to leave you in despair for the next year.
Final Verdict: This book is fabulous. I rented it from the library but have already went and purchased the Hardback for my own library because I loved it so much!