The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

The Diminished

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. The singleborn A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal...

Details The Diminished

TitleThe Diminished
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt, Young Adult Fantasy, Harlequin, Harlequin Teen, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews The Diminished

  • Adrienne Young
    This book has everything YA fantasy readers love. Rich world, interesting characters, and epic adventure. The book is incredibly diverse in its representation and the tension is constant. Definitely recommend!
  • katwiththehat
    Thank you so much to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this lovely debut by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. The world-building in this in debut fantasy novel is unique and complex. Vi and Bo grow up in very different situations on a world where nearly all births are now twins. Even the MOON has split in half with its own twin staring down at you from the sky. Bo is celebrated as a singleton birth and a future king. Vi, whose ...
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in a giveaway and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.This is a really cool and interesting book. I love the fact that unlike a lot of fantasy novels, we aren't given a whole lot of backstory and history. Instead, we are expected to be fully immersed in the world, the story, and the types of challenges that these characters face on a day to day basis. But it really worked. I thought tha...
  • A S Moser
    Showing my cards up front: I've read this book several times as a beta reader. But if you like, you may check my other reviews to see that I very rarely leave comments, and very rarely leave 5* reviews. I could've given this 4*, said nothing, and the author would've been pleased.But this isn't a 4* book, for several reasons.The world building is phenomenal, a riff on colonialism that combines and recreates in interesting ways (the Alskad empire i...
  • Megan O'Russell
    I really enjoyed the inclusive nature of this story. Too often when authors try and integrate LGBTQ, it becomes the whole story. The Diminished allows characters to be who they are and allows women to succeed in traditionally male roles without making a fuss.The mix of steampunk and fantasy got a bit convoluted at times, but mostly because I just wanted more. Are there other solar vehicles besides the steamships? Do some born differently really h...
  • Megan Hawley
    I just LOVED this book! The characters and plot are well developed and I just couldn't put this book down! I read this book in less than a day! In my opinion, this is going to be one of the best books of the year! Kaitlyn Sage Patterson, well done! I'm a fan now!
  • Shannon
    This novel is made up of a fairly interesting concept and world. Every person has a twin, the few single born are destined to rule. The people, who for whatever reason, lose their twin either die from the heartbreak or descend into a violent madness. I’m going to be honest and state that YA and I have a fairly love/hate relationship, but I enjoyed the bones of this novel quite a bit. I did find myself irritated most often with the POV MC Bo, th...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    3.5 stars. I love the concept of this book. The role twins have in each other's lives and how it's the norm in this world and in fact singleborns are the rare occurrence. I found a lot of their beliefs quite fascinating, particularly the story of the broken moon and how they came to be. The characters are great as well. Nevertheless, I felt like this took me forever to read (okay like 6 days). It is quite long and it does drag in many parts. It i...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    I enjoyed this one! A few issues with the book early on but it gets much more interesting as the story develops. Review to come!
  • Nara
    The Diminished had such a cool concept. Basically, almost everyone in the world are born as twins, this is explained to be so that they can balance each other out and keep each other morally just (or something like that, I'm bad at explaining it properly). There are a very few people who are "singleborn" who should have the morals of two people within them and are therefore chosen to rule the country as they're supposed to be morally above everyo...
  • Lara Lillibridge
    Wow- I love this book so much! I was completely sucked in to the story. In a world populated by twins, Vi is "diminished" meaning the sole surviving twin of her pair, and the world waits for her to succumb to grief or murderous rage. Twins who have lost their other half make up the most hated and feared members of society. Stories of outcasts and people on the fringes are always my favorites, so this was right up my alley. I loved how casually sa...
  • Kelly deVos
    THE DIMINISHED is an incredibly rich, imaginative fantasy debut that I loved. It's set in a world where almost everyone has a twin. Those born alone, the Singleborn, lead of life of exceptional privilege. Those whose twins have died are the Diminished – the permanent servant class of the Alskad Empire. The story follow Bo, a Singleborn heir to the throne struggling to accept his destiny, and Vi, a Diminished, desperately trying to escape her fa...
  • Grace
    This book was a slog. I picked it up because of its super cool premise: a world where nearly everyone is born twins and when one twin dies, the other inevitably falls into grief-stricken madness. Like, a whole sibling-relationship-centered world? That sounds right up my alley! Unfortunately, the first part drags. It took me 3 days to finish the first fourth of the book; I considered DNF-ing, because the overwhelming feeling I had was just "MEH" a...
  • Sydney ✨
    So I got an ARC of this from my local library and I was thoroughly impressed. I didn't really know what to expect walking into it but it offered such a different story than what I have been reading lately.I like that it is told in the dual perspective of Bo and Vi. I loved both of them for so many reasons. I also LOVE the male/male romance in here, 10/10 support shipped that. I also really loved the whole motley crews camaraderie. They were such ...
  • Nicki Markus
    The Diminished is a story with an interesting premise that, for the most part, works well. The world building was done cleanly, avoiding info dumping, and I found Vi and Bo to be appealing characters. There is an element of the dreaded YA love triangle in the tale, with two guys (brothers, no less) after the same girl; however, it is not a huge focus of the book and so didn't make me roll my eyes too much. On the whole, the pacing of the story wo...
  • Erin
    I don't read a lot of high fantasy but DAMN. The unique premise of this one sucked me right in, and the wonderfully rendered POV characters kept me reading. There truly is something here for everyone -- high stakes action, jaw-droppingly beautiful world building, hints of (queer and hetero) romance, gorgeous writing, and deep emotional beats and character development. And also -- OMG, you guys -- the food porn. I want to eat everything in this bo...
  • Trisha
    This is a very long book, and perhaps it takes a mite too long to get to the real action-y bits. But, I did stick with it, and enjoyed both Vi and Bo's journeys.Strong lead into next book (surely, there'll be one..)
  • Candy Borjas
    I completely adored this book. So we read about one of the main characters by the name of Vi. Vi is one of the diminished and that means that she was born with a twin who died and unlike the majority that die after their twin's death, she survives. Having been abandoned for that fact at a temple, she spends her days with her close friend until they move away. Being diminished, she is not treated fairly and is constantly looked down due to the fac...
  • Melanie Mcghee
    From the first page, I was hooked. Entering this world of mystery, intrigue, love and corruption was deeply satisfying. I fell in love with Vi and Bo -- can't wait to read of their adventures in book 2! AND, how refreshing it is to read a book where one of the main characters is gay and it's just no big deal.
  • Susana Zemlyakova
    4 stars for The Diminished I received a digital ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher for an honest review. Set in the fictional land of Alskad, where being a twin is the status quo, Vi grew up as a Diminished - the lowest caste of society. Diminished are created when a twin tragically dies. Hated and feared by those around her, Vi was raised by the Anchorites of Penby to understand that she had no value and will one day lose her mind. Becau...
  • Taylor Parker
    5/5 Stars "In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole... yet some face the world alone." Bo and Vi are two people forced to face the world alone. Bo is the heir to the Alskad throne, Singleborn, and blessed by the gods as morally whole and able to rule the empire. Vi is Diminished, doomed. Her twin died in infancy and she has waited for the day that grief steals her mind and causes her to do unspeakable th...
  • Stacey Kym
    ARC kindly provided by HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review. Review ‘The Diminished’ is what I would nearly always pick up because the blurb and the general idea behind the story sounds amazing and completely original. This novel had everything going for it:1. A great publisher (Harlequin Teen)2. A beautiful and intriguing cover3. IT WAS ABOUT TWINS4. See number 4I mean, as a twin, I really would have gone through any...
  • Jackie
    There are a lot of things in this book that I really enjoyed but overall I feel like I spent more time trying to separate all the threads of the plot to better understand the workings of the story itself and was left feeling a bit confused and underwhelmed. “The Diminished” is told in a duel narrative following Obedience, Vi, a young women living a hard life after losing her twin at birth and abandoned by her mother at a sanctuary living unde...
  • Nannette Demmler
    ARC provided by publisher for an honest review. I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. Some of the plot is somewhat predictable, but overall the world building and the characters kept me coming back for more.The story is told through alternating chapters between Bo and Vi. I enjoyed both of their stories, although I found Bo to be a little bit whiney and frustrating at times. They both have grown up under very different circumstances...
  • USOM
    To be honest with you, what really turned me off about this book was the world building - and a few of the writing touches - but mostly the world. That being said, Patterson does a great job at making you feel angry for the characters - Vi's 'diminished' status and Bo's manipulative circle of family and friends.I really liked our two main characters individually. Vi is headstrong and smart, but for the majority of the book she comes across as the...