Everything is Better in Space: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Review)

Hey everyone! Needless to say, we both loved The Diabolic and are here today to talk about our reactions without spoiling the story. ICYMI, we attended the launch and lived (barely - does anyone get out of a SJ Kincaid book without a little trauma?) to tell the story. We are thrilled she will be back TODAY (2/3) with our friends Simon Curtis and Erin Summerill.

First Reactions

NS: This book was amaze balls! One of the most brutally refreshing reads I read in 2016

CJ: There is literally nothing else on your shelf like this book.

What about that cover?!

NS: I find the cover to be really beautiful and it keeps making you want to come back and look at it and you find something new each time. The finished copy is really beautiful, so worth being on your book shelf.

CJ: If you have an ARC, it pales in comparison to the real deal. I'm happy the publisher didn't go with a person on the cover. If you haven't seen the animated version, you need to put your eyeballs on it. Once you read the story, it all makes so much more sense. So much meaning in one little cover!

How does this story compare to other space operas/stories set in space?

NS: This novel seems more like an ancient roman civilization set in space and it is completely captivating. It is more brutal and violent than other space operas that I have already had the pleasure of reading.

CJ: What I love about The Diabolic is there are so many books I want to pair it with set in space - and otherwise. The setting for The Diabolic is space, yes, but the story is about being human, much like Boy Robot.

What stands out with The Diabolic?

NS: Practically everything. You never know what to expect in this story. Just when you think you have it all figured out then something else happens and you are thrown into WTF space but yet you want more. It is really well done, the pacing is excellent and the characters engrossing. I highly recommend it.

CJ: There's no holding back in The Diabolic. This book is gritty. It's violent. You're going to want to look away within a few pages. But you don't, because it's well written and engrossing.

Who would you recommend The Diabolic to?

NS: To anyone that wants to be truly entertained by something that is wholly unique and a bit violent. This book is not for the faint of heart and it will leave you questioning what being human truly means.

CJ: Those who want a unique SFF story. SJ knows how to write an engaging and thought-provoking story. If you like well-developed and less-predictable characters, this book is for you.

Nancy & Christy

The Diabolic
by S.J. Kincaid
Published: November 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. 

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also 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 Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.


  1. "Brutally refreshing" is a perfect way to describe this book! I also absolutely adored this one :D And true, it's definitely not a book for the faint of heart haha. Great post!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. You gotta love Nancy...Brutally refreshing totally describes this book

  2. This book was one of my 2016 favorites! So jealous you get to meet her! This is my favorite sci-fi novel I've read.

    1. We didn't realize that she lives like 20 minutes from me. She was keeping that a secret!

  3. OOoh nice!! I was hesitant about this one at first, because of the whole space thing! Those can be so hit or miss and can be super confusing if you aren't a techy or something! LOL! But I've been hearing sooo many good things about this one! It's right up there on my wishlist! Glad to see you both approved! Great review!

    1. It's really not super space-y. Space is the setting but it's all about the characters and story!


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