The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

About Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

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.
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.


Love this cover. I’ve switched genres yet again, literary fiction, historical fiction now dystopian fantasy. Being a connoisseur of several genres I enjoy switching things up. I’m really got into this one. The premise of a world where your worth is dependent on not only being born a twin but on both twins surviving intrigues me.
The concept of needing another person to ‘survive’ in this society was different but the author made it very realistic. Though the monarch is the government, this world’s religious establishments also hold extensive power. The temple takes over many responsibilities such as caring for the diminished, twins who have lost their sibling or disposing of those who have become ‘dangerous’. The ‘dangerous’ diminished lose their minds to grief and turn violent. Some diminished simply give in to grief and depression and follow their sibling in death. It is rare for a diminished to survive the death of their twin and not have some repercussion.
The way this author has created characters and a world around realistic concepts and ideas but thrown in fictional twists and premises without breaking believability kept me riveted the entire time. I hope she has more books planned with these characters in this world.

This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to subjects of a sexual nature, drug and alcohol use, language, violence and/or other controversial material. The flames indicate my subjective opinion of the degree of these subjects in the book. There may or may not be all of them represented and there may be others represented that are not specifically mentioned. Please research the suitability of all books for yourself and your family especially if you are unfamiliar with the author or publisher. 0 flames does not necessarily mean the book is suitable for young children it merely means there is no "mature" content.
The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage PattersonThe Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
Published by Harlequin Teen Pages: 454

I received this book for free from the Publisher, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian, YA
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