The Diabolic (Hardcover)

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 In the far off future, humanity has been spread across the galaxy, and humans are malleable enough that hair and skin colors are fashion statements. The genetic engineering also extends to the Diabolic, a humanoid creature designed to be faster, stronger, tougher, and completely loyal only to a single person—the ultimate bodyguard. They were a bit too ultimate, and were banned, but a soft-hearted senator’s daughter, Sidonia, views her own Diabolic, Nemesis, as a person and refuses to let her family dispose of it. Then, when Sidonia’s heretic father runs afoul of the Emperor, the court demands Sidonia’s presence. Desperate to save Sidonia, her family sends Nemesis instead. Nemesis must pretend to be Sidonia in order to save her life—deeply devoted Nemesis would be emotionally destroyed if anything happened to her Sidonia, and so must maintain the ruse and find ways to navigate the snake-pit of a senate (quite ancient Roman flavored), which forces her to confront questions about her own soul or lack-there-of. A complicated intrigue story with unobtrusive social commentary and philosophical questions.

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"The perfect kind of high-pressure adventure."
A New York Times bestseller

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when a senator's daughter is summoned to the galactic court as a hostage, but she's really the galaxy's most dangerous weapon in disguise.

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 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481472678
ISBN-10: 1481472674
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Diabolic