3 stars for this new YA fantasy the first half of a duology Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureA 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 sixteen year old characters at opposite end of society defiant Vi one of the diminished and kindhearted Bo the designated heir to the throneWhen one twin dies sooner or later the other twin almost invariably falls into a profound and often murderously violent rief unable to cope with life without their twin Vi Abernathy is one of these surviving twins called the diminished or derogatively dimmies her twin Prudence died soon after birth Though Vi has never lost herself to the dangerous Just an Illusion - Side A grief that is typical of the diminished her parents abandoned her in childhood to a brutal life of indentured service to the temple Her only solace is her friendship with Sawny another temple servant and the thought that one day she will escape the slavery of the temple and live freeOddly enough considering the low estate of the diminished in the Alskad Empire children who are born single without a twin are part of the upper crust of society Only a singleborn person can rule the empire Representing this small socialroup is Bo Trousillion a teenager who is designated as the heir to the throne by his Cybersecurity: Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attack and Cyber Warfare (Zones of Religion) great aunt ueen Runa Despite his life of privilege Bo is a kindhearted young man He s in love with his handsome but inconsistent cousin Claes Beingay in the Alskad Empire doesn t raise any eyebrows at all though Bo as the heir to the throne is nevertheless pressured to marry soon after his sixteenth birthdayWhen Vi is caught with a secret stash of pearls that she was supposed to ather only for the temple she s offered a choice between life as one of the dreaded Shriven or a years long sentence to temple servitude in the distant colony of Ilor where the harsh life of temple slavery is enerally a death sentence But on the lengthy journey across the ocean to Ilor Vi concocts a new plan Meanwhile Bo radually and very belatedly becomes aware that his life is in danger especially after a secret is revealed to him that may alter not only his life but the course of the kingdom The Diminished has an intriguing concept in the concept of a twin based society and its various side effects on the people of that society Its impact was lessened somewhat because I was never able to entirely buy into the fundamental notion of the diminished partly because it was unclear for most of the book whether it is an actual devastating rief because of the MAGICconnection or just social conditioning that makes the diminished lose their sanity and will to live A third reason is suggested near the end of the novel at least for some portion of the population and it will be interesting to see how that plays out in the pending seuelThe pacing of The Diminished lags in several places and overall it felt a little flat Vi is an angry rebellious soul most justifiably so but she expends too much of her energy in impulsive and pointless defiance Bo on the other hand is too na ve trusting where the situation calls for suspiciousness But both characters are learning and rowing through their experiences Each one finds a love interest Bo s ueerness is presented matter of factly and not as his defining characteristicA strong point in The Diminished is its thoughtful treatment of the issues of colonialism slavery and agency We see the dualism of society the haves and have nots and desperation for freedom both on an individual level through Vi s eyes and on a roup level where not only those who have lost their twins are forced into a diminished role in this society
The Novel Ends With Some novel ends with some threads resolved but much of the story yet to be told in the still unnamed seuel to this duology due to be published in 2019I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Harleuin Teen for review Thanks 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 birthBo 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 ueen is Bo s reat aunt he knows he will be the chosen one and is in training learning all about the court politics and what the job will entail and living in luxuryVi Abernathy on the other hand was born a twin but her sibling passed shortly after birth making her a diminished Those that lose their other half or twin are walking time bombs known to lose their minds once that lose their other half or twin are walking time bombs known to lose their minds once so Vi s mother ave her over to the temple where she has been raisedThe book picks up Vi and Bo s lives as they are both nearing their sixteenth birthdays alternating the point of view between the two and their very different lives For me this was a bit point of view between the two and their very different lives For me this was a bit a slow starter as the story begins to unfold however once it The Craving gotoing the world and characters were uite interestingThere were a lot of different elements to this one once it The Murder Exchange getsoing with focusing on both sides of the world And being a Harleuin title it was no surprise to find romance in this fantasy with a lot of relationships being built with the characters as their stories Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove go along By the time it was over I was uite ready to see where the characters head in the next book of the seriesI received an advance copy from the publisher via EdelweissFor reviews please visit 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 luxuryThe StoryThis story wasn t much like anything I read however that doesn t mean it was the best thing I read The biggest feat this book provided was a complex world that I haven t seen in any other book Unfortunately world building isn t everything and the lack of a plot that actually created the desire to continue the book had me wishi. In the Alskad Empire nearly all are born with a twin two halves to form one wholeyet some face the world alone The singleborn A rare few are singleborn in eacheneration and therefore The Million Dollar Goal given the right to rule by theods and Securing Caite goddesses Bo Trousillion is one of these few born into the royal line and destined to rule Though he has been chosen to succeed hisreat aunt ueen Runa as the leader of the Alskad Empire Bo has.
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson Á 1 DOWNLOADKaitlyn s writing style was so beautiful that I couldn t stop myself from highlighting all of this awesomeness I shipped the couples in this story and no I can t tell you whoReading this book was like riding a Ferris wheel that levitates in the air then dives deep into the sea I can t wait to see what happens nextI won an ARC of The Diminished from a iveaway but this doesn t affect my review in any shape or form This novel was something uniue 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 uite slow for awhile it picked up after the first half and I zoomed right through The cover is simply orgeous and truly fits the book s aesthetic well so kudos to the peo Thank you so much to HarleuinTeen 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 uniue and complex Vi and Bo row 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 twin died is a Diminished cast out and forced into servitude They re both approaching their sixteenth birthday and starting to uestion the truths they ve always been told The prose Patterson uses is uite lovely I really enjoyed her word choices and in particular she has a knack for foods Yum This is a reat book for you if you love palace intrigue and complex political situations Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the authorPlease excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader 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 chaptersThe 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 hand is single born destined to be named heir to the crown of the Alskad Empire The Diminished is truly a tale of two cities despite rowing up within miles of each other Vi and Bo have been dealt very different hands However their lives will come to twine around each other in ways neither would have expectedI did feel that the pacing was a bit slow at first as the story s premise was radually set and the world was built I was a little weary as I felt as though there wasn t a whole lot happening during the initial chapters but the story makes up for it later on Stick with itThere are several societal and historical elements touched upon in this book and I enjoyed the way the author related each one even if only subtly First was the LGBT representation One of the main characters is ay but it s never made into a big deal it doesn t overtake the storyline It s totally acceptable in this culture and I loved the way it was handled Second women in traditionally male roles Again no big deal If anything it was mentioned as odd when a man held a traditionally female role in this world That s just how things are right on Third the racism connection In this world people are not mistreated for the color of their skin but instead the status of their twin
Or Lack Thereof Those Who Have Lostlack thereof Those who have lost twin are treated as dangerous scum followed by the superstition that they could succumb to the rief of their loss at any moment and essentially o postal on those around them I felt like this representation connected well with the racism seen in the world today Fourth the connection to the slave trade There is an island colony in the Alskad Empire where the impoverished travel to find work While they are not necessarily forced to travel there their contracts typically sold via a broker last years at a time and many are sent to work on the plantations across the island Many never live to see the end of their contract In eneral the author has done a fine job taking very real elements and weaving them seamlessly into this fantasy worldLastly this is a novel driven by its characters While Vi and Bo s stories are thoroughly interesting they meet some fantastic secondary characters along their journeys that help to fine tune this story into the em it is I loved the banter and relationships built between Mal uill and Swinton plus there are other characters I just need to learn about and discover the status of There is a healthy dose of mystery to this story that is very central to the characters and I cannot wait to see where things oI received this copy from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewView review on my blog Library in the Country I really enjoyed the inclusive nature of this story Too Often When Authors Try often when authors try integrate LGBT 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 fussThe mix of steampunk and fantasy BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. got a bit convoluted at times but mostly because I just wanted Are there other solar vehicles besides the steamships Do some born differently really have magical powers The mixture ofenres didn t pull me out of the story it simply left me pouting in the corner wanting boats with pretty sails The Diminished is a shockingly uick read with a truly uniue premise I look forward to seeing where the next book will lead Disclaimer I received a copy of this book in a Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor giveaway and chose to review it This in no way impacts my opinionThis is a really cool and interesting book I love the fact that unlike a lot of fantasy novels we aren tiven 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 that it was a little long but only because this entire book is basically just a set up for the rest of the series There is only because this entire book is basically just a set up for the rest of the series There is overarching plot but you know immediately that the resolution just means problems for the future Which is fine because I want of this but I don t know that I wanted 400 pages of just this Full review to come on Books and Ladders. Ast her off Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace As their sixteenth birthdays approach Bo and Vi face very different futures one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant But a long held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagine. Ng that the story would just Mr. Jelly's Business get on with itThe pacing was a little off kilter as sometimes having multiple POV can cause There were times where one character had several chapters dedicated to their voyage over while the other character has little mention to the same voyage Too much time was spent on food I m not joking there were so many moments in the book where the author spent a lot of time describing the food they ate While it adds to some aesthetic appeal in the world it didn t actually add anything to the actual storyThe World BuildingThe Alskad empire provided uite a bit of world building There is a rich history that we are briefly introduced on that explains why everyone except the select few chosen to rule is born with a twin I wish it was explained a bit thoroughly the ramifications early on what the loss of someone s twin can cause not just the fact that they are called a dimmy looked down upon and at some point succumb to a rage I did love the idea of the connection that the twins could feel from each other and what it meant to the relationship they had and how it built them as a charactersI think one of the biggest points this book offers is a world where there is LGTBA rep that naturally flows Because a singleborn can be born from anyone not just an already established royal family it was not stressed for royal relationships to be hetero to provide further heirs to the empire With that understanding the culture of the people seemed to be open to whatever orientation someone chose without batting a lash or making a big deal out of it It was simply a normalityAnother aspect that was woven in was the oldfashioned malefemale roles were reversed Jobs such as papergirl or the captain of a ship being a woman were just a few ways that emphasized the point of the traditional male dominate world was not coalescent with the one featured in the bookThe CharactersBo Though he was such a naive little brat his intentions areood so he falls into what most may consider the cinnamon roll category The entire time I wanted to slap his hand and tell him to stop being so trusting and put him in my back pocket for safe keeping His vulnerability made him sweet and likableVi This irl has the fierce loyalty that everyone wants in a best friend I enjoyed reading her character arc as she went from a irl focused on just surviving to a Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı girl with a mission Blog Bookstagram Instagram Twitter 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 veiven this 4 said nothing and the author would ve been pleasedBut this isn t a 4 book for several reasonsThe world building is phenomenal a riff on colonialism that combines and recreates in interesting ways the Alskad empire is resonant of the Austrian empire circa 1850 the colonies something like Cuba and Madagascar and India rolled together with plantations from the American South the capital sort of Londony but the convent Vi Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines grows up in has the barren rocky seascapes of Wales or Ireland She doesreat things with flora and fauna with technology and especially with food If like me you enjoy reading about interesting food in books Patterson has you coveredThe plotting is uick and mysterious and driven by concern for our main characters There s a conspiracy afoot one which threatens to shake the empire to its core and unbeknownst to our protagonists they are the only ones who can prevent war on one side and totalitarian control and slavery on the otherBut it s the characters who really sell the book The rest is just window dressing if you don t care for them and the author has excelled here Vi is a female lead who evades that strong female lead stereotype because she won t accept that there s anything unusual about her strength She is strong mentally and physically and not very attractive nor very interested in making herself be though the plot will force her into situations where this is a necessity Vi doesn t always et to play to her strengths She s very results oriented in a way that only male characters are usually allowed to be in YA lit She s been abandoned left to the madness and death that afflict people whose twin has died but she perseveres and that s her biggest trait perseverance That underdog fighting spirit is what s most endearing about herThen there s Bo a wealthy coddled aristocrat who is one of a half dozen that may be selected as heir to the empire But he s not a very ood schemer or pleaser of people he s earnest and kind and too trusting Not a THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy good politician in other words These things that make him human and also less stereotypically male will be challenged by people around him he ll need to deal with evil people without losing himself in the process The other thing about Bo and it s handled so matter of factly so adroitly is that he say and that s not a big deal I can t tell you how many ay characters I ve read who have that as their single defining feature Bo is ay in the same way that Vi is cisgender and that s that This may be my favorite part about Bo how natural his sexuality is More characters like this pleaseI don t want to reveal too much of the plot because that s a big part of the pleasure of this
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One Word To Describe Thisword to describe this would be PerfectionThis 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 pristinelyThe Alskad empire might be an imaginative world but it lowkey takes jabs on the society that we live in today We et those who are privileged just because they were single born The diminished who et blamed for things that they didn t do And those who still have their twins alive most of which are shallow enough to believe everything they hear instead twins alive most of which are shallow enough to believe everything they hear instead actually seeing for themselvesThere is a political element that serves as the spine of the storyline which is executed perfectly The political element might be the spine of this amazing story but the characters are the reason why the storyline shines despite the fact that the moon is split winks. Never felt eual to the rand future before him The diminished When one twin dies the other usually follows unable to face the world without their other half Those who survive are considered diminished doomed to succumb to the violent rief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy whose twin sister died in infancy Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family ,