The book The Diabolic takes place in a dystopian future where machines run themselves and humans have relied so much on these machines that they cannot function without them. A young girl Sidonia, who is soon to inherit the senate throne, is arrested due to his father's idiotic rebellion against a true and selfish emperor of the solar system. A diabolic (which is a genetically made creature resembling a human in appearance and intellectual ability, but having a higher strength capability) is put into her place and is told to try and kill the emperor to stop his cruel and bad rule over the solar system. Throughout her journey, she encounters fear, love, and shattering of dreams that lead her to an achievement. This story is a very moving and shocking book that gives great incite on the behaviors and thinking of one that is similar, but very different from a human being.
Review by Ray Z.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
With an almost superhuman protagonist, The Diabolic will sometimes seem like a superhero book, since the protagonist gets to have insane amounts of strength because she’s not quite human, but only a resemblance of one. Diabolics are essentially super humans- they are created using a human based, but then confined and trained until they are powerful fearless defenders who single-mindedly protect the one they were created to protect, who they are essentially forced to like by implanting their image into their brains. A majority of the book revolves around the protagonist, who is a Diabolic named Nemesis, and her journey towards becoming a ‘real person’. After all, to the people in society, Diabolics are abominations, only tools used to protect loved ones, and are not truly human. This is reinforced by how they have a distinctive pale appearance, and are emotionless and fearless. The plot as a whole at times makes little sense: the people use fancy technology for transportation and for many other means, but the government prevents people from learning about this technology or how to repair it or how to create new versions because the religion created after a catastrophe bans it. This seems ridiculous, but the author probably created such a weird situation so that the reader is aligned with the hero and hopes for a deposition of the government, and perhaps even to make a statement about the importance of religion in today’s world. As a whole, The Diabolic is an interesting book- the protagonist will be frustrating at times, but what is to be expected from a character who isn’t truly human?
Review by: Lucas H.