The Great & the Small, A.T. Balsara

Fantasy, Middle Grade, Teen & Young Adult

Deep below the market, in the dark tunnels no human knows exist, a war has begun. Led by the charismatic Beloved Chairman, a colony of rats plots to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember. 

When the Chairman’s nephew is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, however, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infect the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable… 


The Great & the Small is one of the most entertaining, action-adventure fantasy novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading and this book is aimed at those between 12 and 18… and I am an adult. That shows us that this book really is great! Never before have I discovered an adventure novel as incredible as The Great & the Small and throughout my review, I will explain why this is. The story of The Great & the Small is quite simply gold and will shine, and dazzle as you read it as it is a pure joy to read. I am describing the book currently as a dazzling book but be aware book lovers that this book is full of action and heart-pounding moments also so if you read this excellent be prepared for a healthy dose of both of these features as The Great & the Small combines the two perfectly!

The Great & the Small is an incredible novel that has two stories within the book. The first story features on the human world and will introduce the reader to many characters however the core characters of this part of the story is Amanda Blake and her father. Amanda is a junior high student, and she is upset with her father and this is because her father is a cancer researcher and he has been experimenting on rats which she dislikes very much.

The reader will then be introduced to the rats, and this is where you have the other story and other point of view. The reader will follow the rats as they plot to exterminate the ‘ugly two -legs’ which we know to be as the humans and what follows is a poignant, entertaining and thrilling tale that should not be missed!

The story of The Great & the Small is one that charmed me from the very start, and this is because of the characters, even the rats! Can be connected to and I always love connecting with the leads of the story straight away because it makes the read more blissful and easy to read. Straight away readers will find themselves invested in the characters and rats and this is because A.T. Balsara the exceptional author of the novel writes them fantastically.

A.T. Balsara is a phenomenal writer who knows how to write an entertaining story. Balsara’s words are instantly charming and endearing and will compel you to turn the pages at an alarming rate thanks to the phenomenal characterization of the characters and the fast-paced story which is impeccably developed. I adore how straight away the reader is thrust into the journey of the book; there is little build up, and I adore this quality in any book because the reader wants to be taken on a thrilling journey fast. Balsara most certainly ensures that her readers read without hesitation from the start to the end and that they are taken on the journey quickly, and this made for exhilarating reading.

Overall The Great & the Small is an inspiring, thrilling and action-packed novel that will charm its readers with its profound messages as well as delight readers with the enjoyable story I, of course, have to award this stellar read five stars! So please, read this incredible book and get lost in a fantastical story, you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on The Great & the Small. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

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Andrea Torrey Balsara

Thank you, Aimee Ann! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

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