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. – Goodreads.com
I liked this book for several reasons. It’s a brash blend of sci-fi and dystopian, it brings something unique to the YA table, and in a sea of duologies, trilogies, and more, it’s a standalone.
The world-building is fantastic and Nemesis has an intriguing character arc. Nemesis on page one is a completely different character from what she becomes at the end, and seeing her discover there’s more to her than protecting and killing is interesting – but realizing she can’t unlearn some of those instincts made her story more complex. But for me, Tyrus is easily the most compelling character and full of surprises and although this is told from Nemesis’s POV, I would have loved to spend some time in Tyrus’s head.
With so much going on – political maneuvering, backstabbing, romance, action, and several twists, I could have finished this book in a couple of days if real life hadn’t intruded. Yes – this is a standalone; however, this series could easily continue and I wouldn’t mind seeing where it goes from here.
The Diabolic is scheduled for publication November 1, 2016.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.