Synopsis (From GoodReads):
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.
Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...
If someone asked me to describe this book, I would say it's like Game Of Thrones in space. Sounds exciting, right? But that wouldn't even due this book justice. I felt that The Diabolic was such an original piece, with enough twists, turns, and fashion, to keep any reader enthralled.
What I Liked:Characters:
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a genetically engineered humanoid who is bred to bond to one person and then protect them at all costs. They are the uultimate bodyguards and so the ruling elite all have them. What I loved about Nemesis is how she learns that she is just as human as anyone else. She already understands love, but she doesn't have any knowledge of how to interact with people. Since she has been brainwashed into thinking she is less than human she also doesn't value herself or her feelings. This book was all about how Nemesis regains that basic part of her humanity, and self-worth.
Sidonia is the wealthy daughter of a galactic senator. While she is kind and has a fierce love for her Diabolic, Nemesis, she has lead a very sheltered life. She doesn't have much of a survival instinct. So Nemesis is sent to the galactic court in Sidonia's place. Although this was meant to protect her, I felt that this action showed that Sidonia was also under-valued.
Both Nemesis and Sidonia had so much to learn about trusting themselves, even in the face of others thinking they can't accomplish something.
I love novels set in a royal court. The political intrigue and power plays are so much fun to read! This book didn't disappoint. Nemesis (and the reader) doesn't know who she can trust throughout the book. This really kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going to happen.
I know the whole point of such detailed descriptions of the fashion and hairstyles of the court characters was meant to show how corrupt and decadent the empire's elite had become. But, all the same, it was so fun to read about this!
I even made a Pinterest board with clothes and hairstyles that I felt reflected this book.
Overall, I loved this book. It was creative, filled with action and characters who I kept having to re-evaluate every so often to keep up with their shifting loyalties.
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Source: Read With Tessa's awesome GoodReads Group!
Recommendation: An action-packed space opera! If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you will love this book!