In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.
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 to the grand future before him.
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 grief 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 cast 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 imagined.
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 today. We get those who are privileged, just because they were single born. The diminished, who get 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 of actually seeing for themselves.
There 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*
Kaitlyn’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 who!
Reading 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 next.
I won an ARC of The Diminished from a giveaway, but this doesn’t affect my review in any shape or form.
About the Author:
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN on April 10, 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019.
When she’s not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the art of the macaron; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.
Kaitlyn is represented by Brent Taylor of Triada US Literary Agency.