“Received an advance reader copy for a fair review.”
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. Diabolics are created to physically resemble people, but are meant to perform as bodyguards.
The thoughts of the diabolic are simple and it’s this simple point of view throughout the book. Sidonia’s diabolic (Nemesis) wants to protect her above all else, including the diabolic’s own life. I didn’t like the part when a servitor was given instructions to slice off her own skin and then she did without reluctance. I would have thought she would have resisted a little. The science fiction story grows more complex throughout the book. Nemesis has to pose as Sidonia for the Emperor because he’s seeking vengeance on Sidonia’s family. Nemesis’ life becomes increasingly complicated because she has to change her appearance, learn new etiquette and she meets many new people. She finally begins to feel human. My rating for this clever science fiction book, 3.5 stars.