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The Roar (The Roar #1)

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12-year old twins, Mika and Ellie, live in a future behind a wall - safe from the plague animals beyond. Or so they've been told. But when one of them disappears, and the other takes part in a sinister virtual reality game, they begin to discover their concrete world is built on lies.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2008)
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LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD) It's basically a dystopian where everyone's locked behind a concrete wall, and all the animals and nature have been obliterated...
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Ms. Foley
LOVED it until the very end--then I had to throw the book across the room....
Amy
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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Jules
Mar 24, 2009 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Kayt
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
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Jessikah
May 27, 2009 Jessikah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reads-09
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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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
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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
Monica
Apr 20, 2009 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, own
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Zeek
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
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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
Brandy
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
Afton Nelson
Jul 30, 2010 Afton Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
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Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Apr 06, 2016 Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring) rated it it was amazing
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
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Jared Kun
Nov 12, 2015 Jared Kun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good its action packed and has a few good twists and turns that I didn't see coming. This book is about a boy named Mika who was one of the first geneartion of kids born for 30, the reason why there weren't kids born for 30 years because of a plauge called the animal plauge. This plauge made animals attack and kill humans so the human race built a massive wall to protect them. There is another character named Ellie who is Mika's sister who was "killed", she is taken and put on ...more
Jackie
Safe behind The Wall (or so they thought), Mika and his parents living a dreary and almost meaningless life after The Plague eradicated most of the beauty in life...trees, animals, and nature all vanished. Yet, making this existence even more difficult to fathom is the fact that Mika's twin sister, Ellie, has been kidnapped and presumed dead.

Now, a contest headed up by an evil man, Mal Gorman and his organization fills children's heads with chances to escape the horrid life by playing a game. T
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Zane
May 04, 2015 Zane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ben Armstrong
Dec 19, 2014 Ben Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book The Roar by Emma Clayton. I would give this book about 4 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 surrou
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Nancy
Sep 20, 2014 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, gave-up-on, 2014
Another book aimed at young readers that bashes them over the head with eco-global warming indoctrination.
Amanda
Aug 07, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My opinion is half and half with this novel. It had an interesting subject and about half-way through I started to enjoy it, but the end was completely anti-climatic and made me just no longer care about the characters at all. I have no interest in even looking to see if there's a sequel which there prob is.

The book's premise is that basically all the world's plants and animals were destroyed because of an Animal Plague that made the animals attack and kill humans. So they moved behind a wall an
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Evan
Jul 02, 2010 Evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Honestly I was just glad to be done with this book. I'm slighlty disapponited, since so many of the teens at the library do seem to like it, and I'd like something to recommend after the Hunger Games but just...good night did this get preachy and even sappy at times. It's a world where everyone went behind a wall in London to escape an animal plague, with the rich living in high turrets and the poor living in shadows. The 1st children in 30 years are being born and the government has its sights ...more
Ms. Z
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
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Kathleen
Jun 12, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
P.M.
Jan 19, 2011 P.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara
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
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A&E
Sep 19, 2009 A&E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aj
Jan 14, 2013 Aj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Manda
*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,
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Jailyn Brice
Aug 20, 2013 Jailyn Brice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

In 2013, Emma took a road trip through the western states of America, and is working on a children's novel inspired by that jou
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