The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid.
Set in the future of human kind, who are hugely technologically advanced and who don’t happen to have a clue how to work create maintain or create any of the machinery any more. Largely thanks to a religion praising the eternal cosmos and condemning all sciences and learning. Now human kind have populated the universe, but differentiating for most other sci-fi novel in the fact that they solely live on ships orbiting stars in various systems. Or rather the upper class of humanity do leaving the leftovers or ‘Excess’ to planetary life and it’s dangers. The Excess could clearly break off form the upper class, except for the fact that the plants that they call home aren’t self sufficient and so they need the help of the upper class to survive, but the irony is the upper class need the Excess. The upper class need the Excess to rebuild and repair their ships so they can live and travel through space, but the problem is they don’t know how to rebuild them so humanity is slowly doomed to die, as both indirectly need space ships to function.
At this time the empire is ruled by the upper class and of them a select few. Each ruling their own solar system and all answering to the Emperor. The upper class are, as you can guess, paranoid. And so being the richest and most powerful people in the universe, only settle for the best, a Diabolic. The ultimate hidden killing machine who will do anything in their power to protect one, and for that one they’d rather end all live in the universe including their own before seeing that person hurt.
TEEN RATING: Three words, ‘Bloody but brilliant’. 4/5 14+