Written by S. J. Kincaid
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In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must kill to protect the person they’ve been created for. Nemesis must protect Sidonia, sole heir of a Galactic Senator who will take his seat after he retires. When news of the Senator’s rebellious activities reaches the Emperor, Sidonia is summoned to his court, and so in a unique take on the Prince and the Pauper, killing-machine Nemesis goes in Sidonia’s place.
While the dangers and dramas of life in a corrupt intergalactic Empire will keep readers racing through the pages, one big question permeates the action as Nemesis becomes more deeply entrenched in danger: what does it mean to be human? With its seriously sassy heroine and darkly dystopian sci-fi setting, this adrenaline-charged standalone is ideal for The Hunger Games aficionados. ~ Joanne Owen
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- Cesca Anderson, age 15 - 'The Diabolic is just incredible! It is fast-paced, exciting and contains a story unlike any other.'
- Humaira, age 18 - 'The writing was gold- this book is heavy with greatness- I love it.'
- Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'This book was full of plot twists and they always came at a moment when you were so sure you knew what was going to happen.'
- Jess Kenny, age 12 - 'I was not reading this book, I was living in it, watching it. This book is amazing...I have no words. I could not put it down.'
- Destiny Maraj, age 15 - 'I really loved this novel! I couldn't put it down. It was so original and the storyline was so creative and the plot twists were fantastic!'
- Ella O'Gorman - 'There are several exciting twists and turns, with an interesting ending that neatly ties up any loose ends.'
- Lauren Coffman, age 16 - 'It was exciting, thrilling, mysterious and magical, exploring almost every emotion I can think of and coming all together to form this wonderfully gripping and unpredictable book, with twists and turns around every possible corner.'
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
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 inside her that is true and pure - more so than that of most humans she encounters. Amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life - and the empire.
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
S. J. Kincaid
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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
1st November 2016
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