Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I love the symbolism in the picture. Here we have something beautiful yet deadly.
Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.
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.
Here we enter a science fiction world unlike any YA book I’ve ever read. I loved it. This brought so much so my imagination. Generally I’m not a HUGE science fiction fan but I’ve grown to love it and appreciate the “no bounds” it has. Here we are dealing with planets, cosmos, creation making, splicing, cloning, ruthless empires, and knowledge that is being suppressed to the point of outlaw. The absolute hypocrisy of court and the evilness that came from power is what made this book so great.
I loved how in this story, nobody really knows what one REALLY looks like because we’ve reached a knowledge of being able to change anything about oneself. Skin color, hair, eye, wrinkles, to the point that the only way to know WHO someone is, is by “signature features” where there is a feature you never change. It was just really interesting you can be anything you want!
So this story follows a humanoid named Nemesis who is a Diabolic. She is creature and trained to be a ruthless protector so have no thought of oneself and only for that person they are “bonded” to. They are the ultimate watch dogs. Nemesis is bonded to a little girl name Sidonia who is her only “friend” because she loved Sidonia, she is the only person she loves and will do anything for.
So when her life is threatened Nemesis will go to any lengths just to protect her even impersonate her which is a capital offense. I REALLY liked the constant conflict Nemesis has, as her character makes SLOW GRUELING changes which I appreciate a great character development. I really liked everything about her from her conscience as small as it may be to her growth in feelings. I liked her a lot.
I really liked another character named Tyrus. Brilliant character. I loved his madness, his lack of changing anything about himself as everyone else does. I loved him as a character so much I’m not going to say anything else for fear of giving anything away.
There were things I totally saw coming and wasn’t surprised as well when certain characters thoughts, betrayals, feelings, came to light. I just wasn’t surprised at all in this book. Bummer.
However I still loved the absolute ruthlessness of the book and the romance was absolutely wonderful. The male love interest is completely swoon worthy and I loved it.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, really enjoyed the world building and character development as well as the romance which is a HUGE factor for me.
Sexual Content: moderate