Kincaid, S.J. The Diabolic, 403 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: PG (3 swears); Violence: R; Mature Content: PG.
As a diabolic, Nemesis has one purpose in life and that is to protect Sidonia. Nemesis was bred and trained to be robotic, monstrous and obedient with no emotions, yet she loves Sidonia. When diabolics are ordered to be destroyed by the emperor, Sidonia’s family disguises her and passes her off for dead. So when the emperor summons Sidonia because of an infraction from her family, Nemesis passes herself off as Sidonia and appears before the galactic government. Nemesis gets caught up in the government proceedings and begins to feel things that a diabolic shouldn’t feel, but in the end she has one goal and that is to protect Sidonia.
This book was fascinating and is well constructed. The story line is well paced and hard to put down and I liked the characters and setting. The violence is grotesque and shocking including torture, attempted rape, a heart being ripped out and skinning alive. If not for the violence this book would be essential.
HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.