Friday, 20 January 2017

REVIEW: "The Diabolic" by S.J. Kincaid // DANCING IN ZERO GRAVITY AND AWESOME BACKSTABBING

Published by  Simon & Schuster Books

Page Count: 416 pages (Hardback)

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction (Dystopia), Fantasy.


RATING: ★★★★☆/4/5

This is one of those books that is super hard to write an objective review for without spoiling the whole thing, but seeing as I decided to anyways, here is my attempt. 

" The story follows our main character Nemesis. Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.She must become her, and disguise her unhuman-like Diabolic qualities that will bring her closer than ever to humanity. "
 - Goodreads

Why I Picked It Up

I'll admit that I had big doubts going into this book; I thought, "Oh here we go", another one about a robot girl who couldn't love but then did anyways, somehow, magically...by the power of love.

But then I thought 'galaxy travel' and 'spaceships'...That's why initially picked this book up. However as it turns out, in my opinion, this book was so much more than space and that robot girl concept. 


Important Aspect That Make Me Love This Book

There's an aspect to this book that almost makes it an important book to have in YA fantasy/science fiction. This isn't a story of a robot girl, this is a story of a marginalized girl who is made to believe she is 'less human' than others, by the society that she lives in. It almost becomes a story of self-discovery and self-acceptance in a world where all of that is frowned-upon. 

Reflecting upon our world today, Nemisis as a character, and the Diabolics as a community, can even take shape as a reflection of the minority groups that are oppressed in our society today, just as Nemisis is in "The Diabolic". 

This realization made me immediately warm to the book, and to the author. Beforehand, I could have rambled about the stereotypes and the cliche aspects of it, but all of that was shadowed over by the heart-warming story of self-acceptance that took place throughout this book.

"The Diabolic" truly delves so much deeper than what might appear as firsthand as an elaborate dystopian setup for a flaming romance. 

Let's talk about the romance...

The romance in this book I could have done without, I'll admit, and I had some minor issues with it. Some *rolling eyes* moments too like...


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However, by the end of the book, I found myself having warmed to Tyrus, our stammeringly hot love interest and heir to the Empire. He was a mixture of 'exactly what you'd expect', and 'DID HE JUST DO THAT???DID HE JUST-'. It was quite endearing at times....and then he'll go and stab someone in the back hahahaha.

 Their eventual romance was pretty predictable from their first interaction, and I was holding fingers against it, but eventually, the inevitable of YA books occurred, and there was nothing I could do but sit and take the ride with them.  


You should definitely not be turned off the book by me rambling against the romance. I'm just a girl who wishes for more backstabbing than 'I LOVE YOU MORE THAN MY OWN LIFE'....so once you read this book, you'll understand why I'm a teeny tiny bit against it here heh.


THE PACING

I also found this pacing of this book to be on point. I was turning the pages one after the other, and before I knew it, it was one a.m. on a school night and I was done, screeching quietly into my pillow. The author didn't waste pages with unnecessary fillers, but rather drew me in with the action, whether it was the awesome scene of Nemesis facing off a genetically altered creature, or Nemesis and Tyrus gracefully twirling in their gowns in a zero gravity ball room like Peter Pan and Wendy. Really, the images there are quite fascinating, and probably enough to get anyone intrigued!


"The Diabolic" - A TRILOGY?

Since finishing the book I've heard some talk, some happy, some frustrated, that this was initially a stand-alone, but that it will be now becoming a trilogy since the positive receive of this book.

Personally I am not opposed, and hope that the author will know how to make the best of the opportunity here, and will not simply regurgitate whatever happens to be in the mix for the sake of making it ' a series'.  I'm excited to see what's ahead for Nemesis and the galactic fam ;).


So, tell me, have you read "The Diabolic" yet? If you have, are you excited for it to be a series? If you haven't, you most definitely should, and you should also tell me what persuaded you to pick it up, and which mentioned concept is most engaging to you? Tell me all that and more down in the comments below! :) It will all be greatly appreciated!

All the love,
Samanta.







4 comments:

  1. Oooooh. I haven't read The diabolic yet, planning to fix that VERY soon.

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    1. You most definitely should, fast paced and entertaining read! Hope you enjoy! Thank you for the comment! All the love. x

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  2. YES YES I LOVE THIS BOOK! Although I agree that at first I was like "omg this will be cliche" and I'm so happy it wasn't?!? I loved Nemesis and I also adored Tyrus and how unpredictable he was. Cute little adorable psychopath. I'll be so happy if it turns into a trilogy.😍

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  3. Yes oh my God! I think one of my fears with the romance was that it was gonna make the whole story a cliche, but I was relatively satisfied at the end. It tied up decently, and I'm excited to see where this story might go!
    Thank you for the comment! .x

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