The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
ashley | The description of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid was unique and intriguing and something I wanted to read as soon as I could. Usually when I’m looking forward to a book, I’m slightly disappointed after the build up but I actually really enjoyed this book a lot.
I thought the concept was strong, I really liked Nemesis as a character (my adoration kind of reminded me a bit of how I felt towards Cinder when I first met her), I liked the world that this all took place in, with mad heirs and advance space tech and a large political platform. And I loved the bond that Nemesis had with Sidonia and how Sidonia always just wanted the best for Nemesis. They had a really strong female friendship that you don’t see a lot; there was no jealousy and no hierarchy even though one was human and the other a servant robot bodyguard.
I especially loved the dynamic between Tyrus and Nemesis. At first I was hoping this would just be about a strong bond between a Diabolic and her owner, but when Tyrus came into the picture I could tell the direction things would move. I wanted to resist it, but the more I read, the more I actually grew to like him and like the two of them together. It wasn’t insta-love, it also wasn’t some pathetic attempt to avoid the connection despite an overwhelming attraction. Though both situations are accurate, Nemesis approached the first with a sense of curiosity as she experienced feelings for the first time and the later with a stubborn, mechanical determination that was drilled into her being. This ended up being one of my favourite connections in the book.
There was a very heavy political story line here that stemmed much deeper than heirs wanting to take over their empires; there were votes and strategic moves and a lot of these were described in detail. I also found there were a few scenes that were a bit more in depth than they needed to be and probably could have been tightened up a bit. There were some points that lagged for me, but I read through this quite quickly and enjoyed it through and through.
This is supposed to be a standalone book, though I suppose the ending is kind of left open for a sequel. I like it as a stand alone, though. It was written well and ties up nicely in the end, even if it was a bit quick to end. Definitely worth checking out.
november 1, 2016