The Nemesis: The Diabolic, Book 3

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Revenge fuels action-packed finale in sci-fi saga.

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Educational Value

The Nemesis explores the question of nature versus nurture as its main character struggles to define herself as human or other.

Positive Messages

Our upbringing is not our destiny. Hurt people can heal and develop empathy for others.

Positive Role Models

Nemesis starts off as a cold-blooded killer, ready to destroy her husband and all his allies. Through a series of reversals, she learns difficult lessons about herself and her enemies.


Entire planets are destroyed at the start of this installment. Nemesis kills a few adversaries up close. There is not much graphic bloodshed.


Tyrus and Nemesis are a married couple who embrace, kiss passionately, and make love, with no details given.


Minimal amount of swearing: "hell," "damn," "bastard."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that S.J. Kincaid's The Nemesis is the action-packed final volume of the intricate space opera trilogy begun in The Diabolic. Nemesis and Tyrus are a married couple who make love occasionally, with no details given. There's a lot of violence (planets are destroyed and Nemesis kills a few adversaries up close) but few depictions of actual bloodshed. Swearing is minimal: a few instances of "hell," "damn," and "bastard."

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What's the story?

As THE NEMESIS opens, the galaxy believes Nemesis to be dead. Far from it. Even though her husband, Emperor Tyrus, murdered her in a live broadcast, she's back, seeking vengeance. By thought alone, Tyrus can control any piece of technology and destroy entire star systems with the flick of a finger, and he insists that the Empire treat him as a god. Nemesis has her own ideas about the best interests of the Empire, and she sets in motion a plot that will test the boundaries of friendship and of love.

Is it any good?

Quests for revenge have a way of backfiring, but this intricate sci-fi, space saga concludes with a spectacular array of surprises and reversals. With The Nemesis, author S.J. Kincaid devises an action-packed ending for this no-holds-barred adventure. Nemesis and Tyrus play a devious game of cat-and-mouse that will keep readers guessing until the final pages. Some may find the constant trickery to be a little exhausting by the end, but this is a fitting finish for an ambitious trilogy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Nemesis addresses the theme of revenge. Does vengeance solve problems?

  • How do people from different backgrounds learn to trust each other?

  • How has civilization used technology for military purposes?

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