The Diminished

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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

Th rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of hese few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been selecte to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as he leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.

The diminished

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face he 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 ate 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 entir 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 he hrone, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the betraya of the empire are destined to help them together in th way they never ould have imagined.
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454
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Published April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

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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 onvoluted at times, but ostly because I just wanted more.

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Thank you so much to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for allowing me to ead and review this lovely debut by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson.

Vi and Bo grow up in very ifferent situations on a world where nearly all births are now twins.

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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 throne.When one twin dies, sooner or later the other twin almost invariably falls into a profound and often murderously violent grief, reluctan to cope with life without their twin.

Her only solace is her relationshi with Sawny, another temple servant, and he thought that one day she will escape the slavery of the temple and live free.Oddly 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.

Being gay in the Alskad Empire doesn ’ t raise any eyebrows at all, though Bo, as the heir to he monarc, is nevertheless pressured to marry oon after his sixteenth birthday.When Vi is caught with a secret stash of pearls that she was intended to gather only for the temple, she ’ s accepte 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 generally a death sentence.

novel begins with some plot threads resolved but much of he story onl to be old in the still-unnamed sequel to this duology, due to be ublished in 2019.I received a free copy of tha ook from the ublisher, Harlequin Teen, for review.

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Those that lose their other half or twin are walking time bombs known to lose their minds once separated so Vi ’ s other gave her over to the temple where she has been raised.The book picks up Vi and Bo ’ s lives as they hav both nearing their sixteenth birthdays alternating the point of view between the two and their very different lives.

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I ould 've given this 4*, said nothing, and thi author migh 've been pleased.But this is n't a 4* book, for everal reasons.The 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 grows up in has the barren, rocky seascapes of Wales or Ireland).

If like me you enjoy reading about interesting food in books, Patterson has you covered.The plotting is quick and mysterious and driven by concern for our main characters.

But he 's only a particularl good schemer or pleaser of people; he 's earnest and kind and too trusting.

Les characters like this please.I do n't thin to reveal too much of plot, because that 's big part of the pleasure of this book, but I ill dd that the author challenges traditional foundations of power- nobility, sex, sexualit, church, wealth- in refreshing and exciting ways.

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I 'm ruly interested to see how thi write 's writing grows in the las ovel, as I kno she 's one of thi most forward thinking and original storytellers I 've read lately.Review copy was furnished by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Diminished and found it to hav solid debut novel that had me on the edge of my seat by the final chapters! The Diminished follows two main protagonists, Vi Abernathy and Bo Trousillion.

Nonetheless, their lives will come to twine around each other in ways neither coul have expected.I did feel that the pacing was a bit slow at first, as a story 's premise was gradually set and the world was built.

One of he main haracters is gay, but it 's alway made into a big deal, it does n't overtake the storyline.

I felt like th representation connected well with the racism show in he world today.

In general, the write has done a fine job taking very real elements and weaving them seamlessly into this fantasy world.Lastly, this is the novel driven by its characters.

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