Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: October 31st 2017
Series: The Diabolic #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.
But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.
Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?
When I read THE DIABOLIC I was confident in saying that it really added something unique to the YA genre. THE EMPRESS, however, is on a whole new level. It was a pretty epic book, but it was a book that is going to inspire some mixed feelings, simply because everything you thought you knew will be tested.
THE EMPRESS has an entirely different vibe than its predecessor. While THE DIABOLIC focused on Nemesis’ introduction to various emotions and the discovery of her humanity, THE EMPRESS is focused on politics, scheming, the introduction of new characters and the development of old ones, and insane plot twists that will rip your heart out, scramble up everything you know, and then spit you back out on the other side, totally confused.
Especially that ending.
Nemesis is just as badass as before, although we definitely get to see a more vulnerable side of her in a number of different situations. While she may be near invincible, her human emotions and feelings are the one thing that actually make her weak. And in the nasty court of vipers she gets thrown into, many people are out to exploit that weakness at every turn.
Trust me when I say absolutely every single character in this book can be totally and completely vicious. No exceptions. This element was game-changing. You don’t know who to trust, who is going to turn on you, and who will be an unexpected ally. While I loved that this fact changed the stakes, it made the book have sort of a manic tell me that didn’t just happen feeling (sometimes in a bad way). There are things you just can’t come back from.
If you read THE DIABOLIC and were looking for someone to say yes, continue with this series – here I am. These books have thrown me for a loop, and have surprisingly become something I am looking forward to continuing. However, I did have some issues, but sadly they are spoilers so: View Spoiler »While twists are cool, at one point it was like: he’s lying, he’s not lying, he’s lying, he’s not lying literally every five pages and it’s like, come on. At one point, stop. Like I said, there are things you can’t come back from and I’m wondering if some things were just taken too far. Anything surrounding Tyrus, actually. Also, Neveni is a shit friend. « Hide Spoiler