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The Roar

(The Roar #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,873 ratings  ·  1,023 reviews
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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ms. Foley
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
LOVED it until the very end--then I had to throw the book across the room....
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Definitely for Hunger Games fans and dystopian lovers
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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
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
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
"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
K. O'Bibliophile
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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book it was very interesting it reminds me of Eoin Colfer books when it comes to the writing and the pacing it was very interesting from start to finish. I really liked the characters especially Mika he is a very interesting and well-written character I liked all of the interesting details that were revealed as the story progressed. I really liked the story the plot moved at a steady pace and in this book I liked the book's world it was interesting and awful all at the same ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Emma Clayton’s The Roar is one of those books I picked up to complete a deal – in fact, I picked up both books in this series. Although the books were used as a means to ensure I reached the right number of books to get the offer, I was interested in giving this series a read. In fact, I was rather eager to dive in. Although I feel as though young adult dystopian has grown to be overly repetitive, I still have a weakness for the genre.

Unfortunately, there was too much of that repetitiveness for
Aaron Vincent
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystocalypse
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
JoAnn B.
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Considering I don't exactly love science fiction novels, this book was pretty good. There were enough unanswered questions and enough suspense to get me through all 481 pages in one day. The ending was pretty good, but I really wish Emma Clayton had shortened the introduction and lengthened the conclusion a bit, because I was definitely expecting more from the ending. It was a bit disappointing.
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 ...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 ...more
Afton Nelson
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Nick G
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a good book for anyone who wants to see what might happen in the future. It really gets you thinking what might happen to us if we take everything from our home planet of earth. Its a mix between post Apocalypse and sci fi. All of the animals in the world have supposedly turned on the humans and everyone is cornered into one part of the earth. It gives of a vibe of perseverance and pushing through the problem that the people then faced. Overall the the book is great for anyone of all ages. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mika lives in a world behind the wall where all signs of nature have been eliminated following a devastating animal plague. When he is recurited to play a game he seizes the opportunity as a way to find his twin sister Ellie who everyone but him thinks died.

In a lot of ways, this has a very Ender's Game feel to it. It started out a little slow but around the middle rapidly gained pace. At times it is a bit predictable but not enough to detract from the story.
Valerie Erickson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a good book, plenty of action and understandable. Some parts get a little confusing because it can be so out of this world, but I usually was able to figure it out. Has a beautiful connection between siblings and friends and is the type of book that makes you think about the future. Kept me hooked, and I am still hooked. I want to finish Mika and Ellie's story.
Aidan McKenna
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an awesome switchup. I just finished reading “Belichick and Brady” which is nonfiction. It was a huge relief to get back in the swing of exciting plot points and twists and turns. In this futuristic society, tons of questions are posed, and the book answered them amazingly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading science fiction/ futuristic books.
Nichole Wulf
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is a great dystopian novel. I have always been fascinated with ESP and the book offered me that connection! I kept thinking of Ender's Game as I read. I am moving on to the sequel soon.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
if you like fast action filled books than this is the one for you
Tori Grasley
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very Interesting. A creative perspective on post apocalyptic dystopian futures. I really enjoyed the mystery, but after big reveals, I felt like I really should’ve realized what was going to happen. Looking forward to the sequel.
Kaylee Gania
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book "The Roar" by Emma Clayton is a good book. In the beginning it gets confusing about the setting and about the twins Mika and Ellie. But in the end it shows how the two twins stories come together. Also i didn't like the ending because it doesn't tell you how it ends!
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ben Armstrong
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jailyn Brice
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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