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The Roar (The Roar #1)

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Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall: Solid concrete topped with high-voltage razor wire and guarded by a battalion of Ghengis Borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the plague. At least that's what Ellie, who was kidnapped as a child, has always been taught.

But when she comes to suspect the truth behind her captivity, she's ready to r
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2008)
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"The Roar" is... interesting, "Ender's Game" meets a sci-fi environmentalism extreme. I was unimpressed with the writing style itself; a more flowery diction would have gone a long way to portray some of the dream motifs and fantastical, superpower elements prevalent in the storyline, I thought. But then again, it's a science fiction story at its core.

I did enjoy the character development. As the story begins, you assume Ellie is the main character, and keep on waiting for the plot to refocus on
In the future, a plague spreads through all the world's animals. To survive, the humans create a northern wall through Canada, England, etc. Every living thing south of the wall is destroyed while all the people in the world move north of the wall into multi-leveled cities with no plants or animals. Their food is produced from chemicals and mold.

Because of the lack of space, it's 30 years before anyone is allowed to have children. 2 of these children are fraternal twins Ellie and Mika. When Elli
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LOVED it until the very end--then I had to throw the book across the room....
Aaron Vincent
Originally Posted on Guy Gone Geek.

The Roar was described by the readers whose judgment I trust as something like a mash-up of the popular books under the dystopian genre. In some ways, this is true. It has evident elements that I’ve already read on my favorite dystopian novels but it also does have elements that helped the book to stand its own.

It’s the year 2050 on Earth, and the entire human population was forced to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere, behind The Wall. Twins Ellie and Mika are am
I'm not going to pretend I didn't know this was a juvenile novel. And it gets points for being so long and being written at that level, if only because I am a big believer in long books no matter what your age.

But as for the actual content? Let's just say I am not surprised that it's a first novel. And I am surprised that Eoin Colfer gave it a good blurb. Because it doesn't "[fly] along like a laser beam from a blaster," it meanders forward like a bowling ball thrown by a three-year-old kept on
A solid 4 stars.
If I was pitching this book I would say its, "'Hunger Games' meets 'Children of Men' with a touch of 'Ender's Game'...WITH MUTANTS."

This fast paced read begins with your standard dystopian society after a horrific event called, "The Animal Plague" which caused all of nature to be destroyed and people to live in squalor behind a wall. We are introduced to Ellie and Mika. A set of twins, who had been separated when the government kidnaped Ellie for nefarious reasons which are only
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JoAnn B.
This book had a lot going for it - a dystopian future world, virtual reality games, and mutant teens - but it fell apart on a number of levels. Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister Ellie is dead and somehow feels that she is still alive and being held captive somewhere, but we're never given any evidence that there were any telepathic feelings between them before this happened. Although most of the population seems to be living in crowded, squalid, dark, damp, and moldy surroundings, no ...more
Christopher Garza
This exciting novel "The Roar" by Emma Clayton Takes place in the future where a nasty plague had broken out and everybody in the world is forced to live be hind the wall for there own protection.the general setting is actually based behind the wall and there are three parts to this whole new lifestyle the people are forced to live in. there are the shadows, witch is where the sewers and mold grows underneath everything and that is where the poor people are living the middle class live in barfor ...more
Afton Nelson
Still 4 stars even though the ending was awful. Awful unless there is a sequel out there somewhere that will answer my questions. But I searched every end page and could find no indication that this was book one in a series. There were so many things that needed explaining and wrapping up and I was left to make too many assumptions. I needed closure.

Other than that, this was a splendid book. Exciting from the get go--a wonderful read for kids who might not be ready for the intensity of Hunger Ga
Jinky Spring
Jul 08, 2013 Jinky Spring rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Definitely for Hunger Games fans and dystopian lovers
After The Last Free Cat this was my first (and best) dystopian novel. I loved this book on so many levels and the action and mystery aspects were so captivating!

I really liked how the story was told from both twins' point of view. Ellie who was being studied in a government space station and Mika who remained at home forced to believe his sister was dead. But when a new video game contest appears Mika was soon to take part (and win), but then he discovers the shocking truth about the intention o
Ben Armstrong
I really enjoyed this book The Roar by Emma Clayton. I would give this book about 4 ½ stars because this book was very entertaining to read, but I wouldn’t give it a 5 because I think the author missed out on some parts I really wanted to know. At first, when I started reading this book, I thought it kind of confusing and wasn’t going to be that great of a book. When I continued to read more, things started to clear up.
The setting was in future London where everybody is behind a wall that surro
This was a dystopia where some kind of "wall" has been put in place after a supposed Animal Plague. It is years after the plague, and people are living in cramped conditions, with the poorer members of society living in small apartments below the "Golden Turrets", those apartments with more space and windows. The main character is a boy named Mika, a twin. His sister is believed to be dead, but Mika doesn't believe that for a minute. His personal mission is to find his sister. When the governmen ...more
Mitchel Broussard
Okay I can feel myself over-hyping this book already, but it was just plain FUN to read. The book as a whole has a lot of similarities to any dystopian future story you've read, but does a lot to distinguish itself from everyone else.

It's London, about 50 years into the future, and "The Plague" has devastated the Earth, causing animals to turn into raving monstrosities. The last survivors of the human race build The Wall, stretching the ENTIRE Earth. The humans occupy the Northern Hemisphere, wh
The book is mainly about a boy named Mika. The book shows his struggle to find his twin sister, Ellie. In the beginning of the book, Ellie tries to escape from Mal Gorman, but finds herself in the hands of him again. Mika believes that Ellie is still alive even though mostly everyone around him thinks that she dead. The only one that understands Mika is Helen, his therapist. Helen tells him that if he enters a competition, he has a chance of reuniting with Ellie again. He has to undergo drinkin ...more
A YA book, I would even say it fits for younger audiences- although some elements are quite frightening. I found the hook to be just too obvious- or perhaps simplistic is a more accurate word- for the more seasoned readers of dystopian fiction.

Set in a dark future where some time in the past the animals of earth became infected by a plague, the people of earth are still living behind man made walls in fortified cities. Little does everyone know that the walls and fortification are not to keep ra
This book begins with a bang as 12 year old Ellie is on the run in a Pod Fighter accompanied only by a Capuchin monkey named Puck. Ellie was kidnapped about a year ago by the Minister of Youth Development, Mal Gorman who has been recruiting young people for his army of mutant children. Ellie's attempt is fruitless as she is re-captured by Gorman's minions. The narration switches to her twin brother Mika who is firmly convinced that Ellie is still alive. When someone shows up at school touting th ...more
So I listened to this book, which means it took me a long time to read (I had it on CD and I don't drive that much, which is the only time I listen to CDs) -- but man, it took me a LONG TIME. For other reasons too.

1. This book is really long. Too long. There were a lot of things that could be taken out.

2. I didn't really care about any of the characters, or what happened to them.

3. I was just apathetic about most things about this book.

The one thing I DID really like about The Roar was the sett
If the simple the fact that the story is posed in London in the future doesn't grab your interest, Emma Clayton's thrilling sci-fi novel Roar will pull you in on its own. It gives you a fresh new feel, with a touch of Star Wars added, like a delicious dash of exotic spices. Even though it's from a twelve-year-old's point of view, I think older readers (including myself, of course) will enjoy this book.

Mika lives in futuristic London, behind a huge wall that protects the citizens from the mysteri
THE ROAR is a ok book about a boy Mika who lives in a society where one two thirds of the world is unlivable and is a barren waste land. Whats left is a very crowded area of the world and many people are poor and live in the shadows under the golden towers where the rich people live. the lucky poor live in side towns (areas of the one massive city). Mika just moved out of the shadows. He was a mutant at birth and scientists believe this happened because of a thirty year period when there were no ...more
*This is a review of an uncorrected galley received through the FirstReads program*

Once you get started with this one, it's hard to put down. It's a fast paced adventure that kids will probably love, and adults will enjoy as well. The world the characters of The Roar inhabit is a self-contained one of concrete and chemicals, animals are just a distant memory to those old enough to remember them, and "real food" is a luxury for the very wealthy while most of the population are crammed into dank,
Jailyn Brice
I loved the book Roar by Emma Clayton. It was a fun filled adventure that kept me on my feet all through out the book. Mika, the main charcter, is a 13 year old boy who lives under big mansion in the shadows hidden from the world. Him and his parents belived that there was a plauge going on the oputside world that killed all the people and made the animals go crazy. They bulit a big wall and hid all the humans behind it. Mika and his parents were told that his sister drowned in a puddle of water ...more
Caitlin L
I'm reading, "The Roar" by: Emma Clayton right now, I'm not very far into it but I already love it! It's about two twins in the future, Mika and Ellie, who have been separated (Ellie was kidnapped) and are trying to find a way to together again. They seem to have a mental connection, that's what makes Mika believe Ellie is still alive, and not dead like everyone else tells him. I really enjoy this book because the characters seem to come to life off the page. Mika is persistent and mysterious, ...more
'Listen. Can you hear it?'
Mika lives in future London, behind The Wall, safe from The Animal Plague beyond.Or so he's been told. But ever since Ellie vanished a year ago, he's suspected that his world may be built on secrets-and lies. When a mysterious organization starts recruiting mutant kids to compete in violent virtual reality games, Mika takes the chance to search for his twin sister-and the truth.

Set in the future, and you have teens fighting in a 'game' for prizes... at first glance, th
Jennifer March
This was another one of those books that had all the elements I love: the dystopian setting, the overly corrupt government conspiring to control the people to further the greedy aspirations of a wealthy few, the underdog kid who is special but doesn't know it, the evil old man behind the curtain out to get our hero, the cool high-tech gismos... this one was even set in post-apocalyptic England (which stroked my anglophilic fancy).

And yet even with all of that going for it, the Roar just didn't
I grabbed this book at my school's book fair a while back because it was really cheap and looked halfway decent. I read it once, then twice, and now a third time. Although this book seems to have very mixed reviews, I happened to like it a lot. I agree with the others that there was a bit of explaining to do about the other elements of the book, and that the writing and development of the characters could have been better. Ellie and Audrey felt a little underdeveloped to have such important role ...more
Mika has never gotten over the death of his twin sister--mostly because he's positive she's not dead. He can feel her out there, somewhere, and it's up to him to find her. It's not easy, when the world is surrounded by a giant wall to keep out the plague-ridden animals, and going to school now means drinking cups of the vile FitMix and going to FitCamp. When the new Podfighter game comes to the arcades, Mika takes to it like he's been playing all his life, and there's something about it that wil ...more
“Helen's books were her friends, "the kind you invite for dinner in the middle of winter," she'd told him, " and spend all night talking and never go to bed.” The Roar is a sci-fi story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with a plague that infects animals and make them attack humans. The book is mostly base on these things called pod fighters. The pod fighters are pretty much modern day jets yet more compact and instead of adults driving them, children can drive them instead, even one ...more
I absolutely love this series! I read this book a couple years ago, and I couldn't remember the name! I searched and searched, but I couldn't find anything. I only remembered a couple details, but they were very specific, and so I posted the details I knew on a forum, and I finally got the answer I was looking for. I will definitely be reading this a second time.
Okay, at first I was intrigued. Then, after nothing was getting explained, or even hinted at, I started to get bored. Then, right near the end the author explained everything in one fell swoop. That's when I discovered her hidden agenda. Apparently, we should all leave our homes and live in the forest with the animals and not have kids so the earth can go back to its original state! Hello Green Peace!! She also didn't answer a lot of questions about some of the minor details of the book which le ...more
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Emma Clayton spent her teens playing in indie bands and doodling with comic artists. In her twenties she studied screen writing and became an author. The Roar and The Whisper were inspired by her love of film, particularly those of Steven Spielberg she watched as a child.

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