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Through the Balustrade

4.5  ·  Rating details ·  8 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the safe haven of the Oblate, Master Hyperion and the Guardians decide what's best for everyone. They tell people which village to live in, they raise children in underground facilities, and they modify anyone who's different. Roxan is different. She's seventeen turns old now, but she was modified when she was a young child. Driven by her questions about what was done t ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Taberah Press
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The Pilgrim's Progress meets Exodus (yes, that Exodus) by way of The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

An excellent story concept and good plot. The storytelling got better as the book progressed, but many technical issues marred the text. Another proofreading before printing might have helped. Definitely a young reader story, in fact many of the characters seemed right out of a typical American high school or junior high. Language, conflict and levels of intimacy are appropriate to the audience,
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through the Balustrade pulled me in from the first page. Roxan is seventeen and has her own shanty. And she’s thrilled about it.


Immediately, I want to know why she’s on her own at seventeen. Why does she think a dirt-floor shanty is a little slice of heaven? What kind of horror was her life before this point? Why does she believe she’s free now?

And is she? Really?

Seriously. I got all that from the first few paragraphs.

If you’re a fan of books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, Through the
Ashley Bogner
Through the Balustrade is a fast-paced dystopian/fantasy story that I couldn’t put down!

Roxan is a plebe living in the Oblate. On the surface, she seems like every other citizen—she obeys the curfew, completes her pre-assigned work duties, and believes the ruler, Hyperion, saved the people from destruction. But Roxan has an unusual ability, one that she should have been “fixed” of years ago. What does her ability mean, and what will happen if anyone finds out?

Abiga is an Outcast—one of a grou
Rita Young
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Love, Love, Love This Book"
Through the Balustrade is a riveting adventure like no other. From the beginning to the very end, I was drawn into the world and amazed by the depth of the characters – showing their strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. As I read the book, I truly fell in love with characters.

The story line was extremely thought provoking and intelligent. I was continually amazed by the parallels drawn by the author.

I have recommended “Through the Balustrade” to everyone I kno
Felicia Bridges
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through the Balustrade is a terrific read! Roxan is the perfect blend of daring adventurer mixed with enough insecurities to be thoroughly relatable. It reminded me of a mix between Ted Dekker's Circle Series on a YA level or The Hunger Games with a better theme and without the gore. The characters were wonderful and memorable and MB Dahl's vivid description of this other world carried me there. While the story was resolved, the door was clearly left open and there is obviously more to tell - ca ...more
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