The Diabolic – Saturday Discussion

“Our ancestors sought knowledge, but we, their descendants, glorify ignorance.” ― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic


Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. 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…


Eden: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid was absolutely brilliant. I loved that Kincaid wasn’t afraid to take this book to dark places and pushed the characters to the edge. Originally a stand alone novel, The Diabolic reads like one, but I’m still excited to get my hands on the second book in this series. 5/5 stars.

Caitlynn: This book finally made me think deeper than I usually do about books! Kincaid did such an awesome job bringing so many factors into a book and plot line that you don’t see much of in the Young Adult genre. I cannot wait for the next book and it will definitely be an auto-buy for me! 5/5 stars. 

JennI really enjoyed this book. There were some points of it that I wasn’t the biggest fan of. However, the overall idea/plot of this book really made up for it. I am excited to read more from S.J. Kincaid and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. 4.5/5 stars.


Caitlynn: So, I gave The Diabolic 5/5 stars.

Eden: Same!

Jenn: I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

C: What the heck!?

J: I had some issues with the romance. To be fair, I don’t know if it’s because I listened to the audio book rather than read the actual book. Usually that’s not an issue for me. My main issue was the romance. It felt really sudden. Some of the things that happened just felt like more of a means to an end, like a plot point to get somewhere else in the story rtather than a natural turn of events.

C: I see that.

E: Same. I will say that I told Jenn that while I had been reading it I didn’t feel like it was a fast romance. I felt like it was pretty natural.

C: Yeah. So, the part with the oxygen mask was one of those moments where, like Jenn said, felt like just a means to an end. I’m really conflicted about it because on one hand I have the belief that diabolics have the ability to grow as actual normal people because they have a normal brain. So Nemesis could learn and grow to love two people. On the other hand it’s just like, she can’t just die. Your point in being alive is to protect Donia, so to just say you’re willingly going to die for someone that’s not her didn’t make sense to me.

E: I hadn’t really thought about it like that. The way I read it was as though Nemesis loves Donia, but she also has the capacity to love another person as well.

C: That’s why I was so conflicted about it. Also, I was reading the reviews and all the people getting pissed off about Nemesis having feelings for someone is just ridiculous because the book is about the change of the human brain. It’s literally the most complex thing about humanity and life. Kincaid even makes us question whether diabolics have the capacity to change.

J: I looked at it as her not necessarily changing throughout the book but her accepting that she didn’t have to be what she was always told she was. She had the capacity the whole time, but since she’s moved out of this place where she was completely subservient in this family to a place where people are listening to her and she’s had real interactions and had to learn to show emotion, she’s developed empathy and sympathy and that was what made her more human-like than the person she was previously.

E: And I think the people that were unhappy with the book because of the romance didn’t fully grasp the concept of the book. The whole point of the book isn’t necessarily about the politics or protecting anyone or toppling a government, it’s about the growth and the humanization of somebody that people have told is not human.

C: Exactly. It’s about peoples expectations from you and the limits that society sets on you.

J: Yeah, I didn’t mind that there was a romance. My problem was that Nemisis didn’t really interact with the love interest in the court, but once they got to Lumina they all of a sudden are kissing and calling each other beautiful. We didn’t even see a friendship.

E: It was just like a business, straight-to-the-point relationship.

J: Yes! I would have liked to have seen them actually talk to each other before any romance started. Honestly though, that’s just me picking at it.

E: I kind of thought the same thing. Like, early in the book I knew who the love interest was going to be, but we really didn’t see him until it was like a relationship had begun. I would have liked to have seen more of them interacting at court and get a better sense of who both of them were before they decided they liked each other.

C: Yeah, and I loved his interactions with people. The whole mad prince was such an interesting aspect.

E: Even when he wasn’t crazy I really liked him.

J: Our first introduction of him in the virtual reality meet up was perfect because he’s naked and it just gives you an idea of what your dealing with when it comes to this character.

E: I want to talk about my favorite moment really quickly. When Nemesis rips someones heart out.

C: That was really cool.

E: I thought it was hilarious. I absolutely loved that moment. We talk about how this story is about her growth, but I loved that she could go back and be unaffected by brutally murdering someone. The best part is that she had no remorse over it.

C: What she did when she went with the husband and wife was also great. I just love all the little maniacal things that she did. I really liked that part a lot.

E: That was also one of those moments where she could be ruthless and not mope about it afterward.

E: Are you guys excited for the next book?

J: I am but I don’t want Kincaid to soften the edges. I want to keep it so that characters are still doing shitty things and that Nemesis still has the battle between being a natural born killer and a person with a conscience.

C: I hope it stays as violent. I loved the amount of violence in this book.

E: Yes! I loved that it was unapologetically violent. I think that’s why I loved when she ripped a characters heart out. There are so many authors that would cop out with a less extreme way to kill a character, but Kincaid kept it true to that moment. It was such an understandably violent moment.

J: I liked that Nemesis was who she was from the beginning. She just developed a sense of humanity throughout.


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