THE DIABOLIC BY S.J. KINCAID—-
The Diabolic is written for teens. I was not pulled into the story as I was with The Hunger Games series and the Divergent series. Hunger Games and Divergent were so interesting to read because the writers pull readers into the story of two older teens that draw upon their inner strength, growing up into strong, courageous young women who do not enjoy killing other teens, but instead fight for their lives, grow up and become stronger.
The Diabolic has an intensely intriguing theme; that of a young girl turned into a monster. Okay, not really a monster, but she has been trained to be a monster, including killing people to take care of her teen mistress. Her teen Sidonia is everything Nemesis is not(rich, pretty, free) and is treated much as a dog is treated.
The Diabolic takes place in a Sci-Fi imaginary world. I’m sorry but I do not like Sci-fi books or movies. I could not get into The Diabolic, but that is my personal taste and interest.
The Diabolic, Nemesis, is Sidonia’s charge, a wealthy political leader’s daughter who is placed in their home to do everything in her power to keep Sidonia safe from unseen harm. Nemesis is literally turned into a monster of unearthly proportions who loves Sidonia.
The first chapter of The Diabolic is a great start to what I thought would be a brilliant read. But then the next couple of chapters carry on with Nemesis living with Sidonia, having intense feelings for her because she has been trained to have these feelings. I think a lot of teens would like the action to have continued which it doesn’t, it simply stops, and then the story changes to what is happening today.
More background story showing how Nemesis was found, more about her parents and more lead up to being The Diabolic would have been a better introduction and better understanding of exactly what The Diabolic is, instead of suddenly thrusting the main characters in a strange Sci-Fi world of oddness so extreme, I’m thinking The Diabolic is too weird for me, but more believable for teens looking for escapism.
By this point in time we are all tired of the Divergent and The Hunger Games series, but The Diabolic is too weird for me, too way out there. It reminded me of a Netflix TV show that is truly weird. The theme, the actual storyline is a good one, and is obviously better for teens who just want to have fun. Momzinga.com.