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, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews The Diminished

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    3 stars for this new YA fantasy, the first half of a duology. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:A shattered moon, broken into two halves, is featured on the cover of The Diminished, Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s debut YA fantasy novel. It’s an apt symbol for the world created in this novel: the vast majority of people are born as twins, with a mystical emotional tie between them. The chapters alternate between the points of view of two six...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    This novel was something unique; the plot idea is unlike anything I've read before and the world building was a class act. The details here, large and small, were truly breathtaking and I commend the author for shining a light on so many overlooked themes, like platonic relationships and normalizing non-traditional families. The representation was really well done, and although the story was quite slow for awhile, it picked up after the first hal...
  • Carrie
    The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is the first book in what seems to be an untitled as yet young adult fantasy duology. The story takes place in a world known as the Alskad Empire where the vast majority of births result in twins with the very rare singleborn birth.Bo Trousillion was a singleborn which has put him in the running to take over the thrown one day. Any singleborn would be eligible to be chosen but since the current queen is Bo...
  • 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!
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    4 stars! "I came up feared and hated for a thing I had no control over in a world divided." I thoroughly enjoyed The Diminished and found it to be a solid debut novel that had me on the edge of my seat by the final chapters!The Diminished follows two main characters, Vi Abernathy and Bo Trousillion. Vi is one of the diminished, having lost her twin at a young age and raised in the temple amongst other diminished and orphans. Bo, on the other ha...
  • Scrill
    Vi has lived her whole life a diminished since her twin died so young. Her whole life she has spent tampering down her temper and envying all the twins, not because of the privileges they have, but for the wholeness they have. Bo is a singleborn and soon to be named heir to the throne of Asklad. Their lives somehow intertwine despite the fact that Vi is headed to a life of servitude and Bo a life of luxury.The StoryThis story wasn’t much like a...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Ayah
    One word to describe this book would be..........  Perfection!This is a debut novel that shines the light on platonic, sibling relationships, which is rare to find in YA. The Diminished is a very inclusive story, and the author doesn't turn the entire story to revolve around that; instead, she integrates it into her storyline pristinely.The Alskad empire might be an imaginative world, but it lowkey takes jabs on the society that we live in tod...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.3.5 stars! The concept of this book was one that really drew me in. Here we have a world where twins are the norm and singleborn are the rare occurrence. The twin dynamic is quite fascinating. They play a huge role in each other’s lives and build such a strong connection to each other. When one dies, it completely devastates the remaining twin, eventually leading them to succumb to a violent g...
  • Samantha Clark
    Kaitlyn Sage Patterson has built a rich and troubled world in THE DIMINISHED that's as real and troubling as our own. The story is told in the dual POV of Vi and Bo, who are from very different parts of the same world: Vi is a servant trying to survive her harsh reality; Bo is the heir to the throne trying to become the best ruler he can. Both live without twins in a world where twins are the norm. Bo is a treasured singleborn, but Vi's twin died...
  • The Farmer’s Daughter Reads
    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...
  • Tracy Banghart
    I loved this book so much. The world building is so rich and thoughtfully done, and the characters captured my heart. Sweet, sweet Bo and scrappy Vi. I JUST WANT TO HUG THEM. I can't wait to read the sequel! If you find the first couple of chapters slow, stick with it! The world building is great in those early chapters, but the action really takes off around chapter 5. Final thought: Can I please just travel by sunship from now on?
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryI received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In the world of The Diminished, everyone is born with a twin, except those who are singleborn who are destined to rule. If a twin dies, the remaining twin becomes ‘diminished’ – cursed to go insane, they are shunned by society. This is...
  • Rachel Shannon
    I love this book! This is the first book I've read in a hot minute. I didn't put this book down unless I was in class. All of my free time went to reading this book. It was absolutely amazing! It kept me on my toes the whole time! The world in this book is amazing! The characters are also amazing! absolutely wonderful! I really hope and wish this book will become a series! Or at least have a part two! (spoiler) I love Vi and Quill! I hope if ther...
  • Kimmery Martin
    The Diminished is compulsively readable. It’s the story of Vi and Bo, both born into a post-cataclysmic, earth-like world where nearly everyone has a twin. The interconnectedness of twins is such that if one dies, the other almost always grieves to death within a short period of time; most people cannot survive the loss of their other half. I say ‘most people’ because in the rare case that a bereaved twin doesn’t simply pine away, they ev...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Trinity Dj
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. I received the ARC for it, but i can't wait to own the final copy :>This would've been a quick read.... But i kept stopping because of all the emotional scenes. I think I cried so many times. It took me a whole week just to finish the last 4 pages ( i was dreading the ending). Totally suggest reading
  • Dana Mele
    Argh I just wrote a super long review and it didn't save and now I'm in a bad mood. Full review to come later, but this is gorgeously written book with plenty of action, romance, and suspense set in a vibrant world. Add to your list right now and keep a steady eye on the release date.
  • Troy Wiggins
    Great read. Full review forthcoming.