Parents' Guide to

The Diabolic, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Deadly female bodyguard stars in smart, surprising sci-fi.

The Diabolic, Book 1 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (5 ):

Questions of nature vs. nurture play out in unexpected and entertaining ways in this sci-fi tale of a futuristic killing machine who grows a heart. With The Diabolic, author S.J. Kincaid does a first-rate job of setting up plot twists and executing them with precision. Her characters -- from Nemesis to the future emperor Tyrus to Sidonia -- are offbeat and well developed, and her depiction of intrigue in a galactic empire is nuanced.

In a time of bloated sagas that extend to three or more volumes, it's refreshing to read a stand-alone adventure with a propulsive plot and a supremely memorable main character. Fans of high-impact galactic intrigue will eat this one up.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate