The Diabolic

The Diabolic

Book - 2016
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Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator's daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia-- and 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 her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It's a nest of vipers-- and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481472678
1481472674
Branch Call Number: YF KINCAID
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm

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Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.


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theythem
Nov 23, 2018

Super action packed with twists and turns and lovely character building. The overarching story never gets lost in the side plots, but it did fall a little stale in a few places. I've never read a book quite like this one. Well worth the read.

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blue_dog_31717
May 06, 2018

What a read! By far the best title a have read all year. Whether its a strong cast of characters, twists that will will leave you stunned, and a ending so impressive that I would call it the best ending that I've read! This is a must read for anyone. Get this book now!

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samrouthier
Dec 14, 2017

This is such a refreshing YA novel. I loved every moment of it. Not only is it fast paced but that characters are super compelling and feel genuine. It shares similarities to Red Rising by Pierce Brown but that's a great thing. Just can't wait for the second book.

Jess_library Apr 10, 2017

If you are looking for a gritty teen sci-fi novel, look no further than The Diabolic. Follow Nemesis, a girl bio-engineered to be a bodyguard to a princess, as she infiltrates the Emperor's space station by posing as her charge and pretending to be human. She'll have to navigate political intrigue and religious fanaticism ash she tries to keep her secret and determine the loyalties of the people around her.

This book stayed with me long after I closed it. It was an thoroughly engaging read.

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MHanover10
Mar 16, 2017

This was such a great sci-fi book! I really liked the characters, the intricacies of the characters and how things could be adjusted like appearances with just an injection. Nemesis is a great character who was made for fighting yet she hasn't lost all her humanity and as the story goes along she gets more of it back. There is a lot of diabolical scheming. Not too much with surprises but a few times I questioned what I was reading. Did Tyrus really love Nemesis or was he only interested in being the Emperor? It's a really good book and is a fast read.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 10, 2017

I had to buy this book after I saw S.J. Kincaid speak and she talked it up at Tattered Cover--and I was not disappointed. I love retellings, and I really appreciate that while Kincaid is using a retelling of I, Claudius, she has created an epically brilliant and original plot line that isn't a direct retelling of this play.

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XkatX
Mar 08, 2017

One 'bad' book. A little blood, and a little promise goes a long way in Diabolic's conspiratorial world.

Edit: Ok. Maybe 'a lot more' blood.

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jac523
Jan 03, 2017

Amazing! Adventure, romance, murder, politics - all in space!

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jennydreadful
Nov 27, 2016

This was quite a good book. I really enjoyed the ideas incorporated along with the dystopian sci-fi setting, though I felt that it fell flat every now and then. In particular, there are times when the characters discuss doing something or an idea is presented to the audience and then it isn't followed through, making me wonder why it was even brought up at all in the first place. I got frustrated by this several times, so to me this was the main flaw. Another thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that there weren't many characters that were truly fleshed out. I had hoped that over the course of the book depth would be added to more of the people surrounding Nemesis, only to be denied. It's not like this hurt the story in a truly significant way, but I believe that it could have been a much more powerful tale if side characters were treated like they were more important since they help drive the narrative forward. I think the story was strongest when it was centered around the relationship between Nemesis and Tyrus (who was my favorite character). I won't give any spoilers about the ending, though I will say that I was disappointed by a certain aspect of it which I felt weakened the finale overall. Still, I really did like this book and will most likely read it again.

ArapahoeCatherine Nov 18, 2016

Nemesis is one of the best characters I've read this year! I loved this book SO much! Reminiscent of Star Wars and inspired by I, Claudius, the world is fascinating and the characters really drive the story. Read this book!

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