My little sister and I have a proud Christmas and birthday present tradition of buying books that we think we would like to read, giving them to the other sister, and then badgering them until they’ve finished it and it can be passed on to the original purchaser.
It’s a tradition filled with love and selfishness, and one which has been going on for many years now. The Diabolic was one of Sinéad’s Christmas offerings to me, and in the vein of most Christmases, it was one she thought she’d like too.
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…
The Diabolic was not unlike many other books that Sinéad has given me, including The Testing. It was short, stabby, and lots of fun. Nemesis was a really interesting character as well in that she was created, not born, so she gave a whole new level to the usual haves/have nots of the other dystopian worlds I know, like the Legend trilogy, the Hunger Games, the Testing, etc.
The Diabolic had some interesting thoughts on what it meant to be human, on finding meaning in life, in choices between what we are obliged to do and what we want to do, and it also had some fun sci-fi stuff like spaceships and stars and zero-gravity balls.
Okay, it wasn’t the most thought-provoking novel I’ve ever read, but it was very enjoyable, and for once, it stands absolutely perfectly on its own. Although The Diabolic will be a trilogy, this book is a story from start to finish, and doesn’t have any reliance on terrible cliffhangers to draw readers into the rest of the series.
I was pretty impressed by this book. Amongst its peers, it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve read, and I’m pretty impressed with Sinéad’s choice of Christmas presents this year. Of course, her main complaint is probably that I haven’t given it back to her yet, but these things happen.