The Diabolic was my May book-club pick and the last book I finished in May. It was seriously great! I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, as I’m a little bit shy of science fiction. This could be the book that changes everything!
I was immediately gripped by The Diabolic. It gave me both Star Wars and ASOIAF vibes, which I loved. Kincaid’s world building is fabulous and I loved all of the little details she created, such as beauty bots (how cool would it be to have them in real life?!) It also helped that there was a ship named after me (anyone else get a little thrill when they see their name in a book? Just me then.)
This book was FULL of twists and turns, especially towards the end, and it really kept me guessing. A couple of things were hinted at early on that I can smugly say I deduced; however, a lot of things took me by surprise! Always enjoyable when a book does that. Kincaid also writes a brilliant fight scene!
I had a couple of minor issues, such as the over-used repetition that ‘Diabolics can’t cry’ – I got a bit bored of hearing that after the third or fourth time it was said. I was also a little dubious about the casual drug use scattered throughout the book; but because it was sci-fi, I was able to forgive it a little more than I would a contemporary.
The character development in this novel was fantastic and I loved the whole concept of Nemesis developing humanity. I found it to be very original. (Maybe it’s been done before but, like I said, I don’t tend to foray into the world of sci-fi very often, so it was new to me). I got a tiny bit confused in parts trying to remember all the names and allegiances within the court, but that was 100% down to my tired brain and not Kincaid’s writing!
I don’t know if there are plans for this to be a series; while it certainly has the potential, I would kind of love for it to be a standalone! I don’t understand why everything has to be a series these days. Though in this case, if a sequel does appear, I will absolutely be reading it! (Update: I have since found out that it’s the first in a trilogy so I will be ALL OVER THAT).
Has anyone else read this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!