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The Roar (The Roar #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,979 Ratings  ·  940 Reviews
.....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.
Paperback, 483 pages
Published by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2008)
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Meera Any age, really. I read this when I was nine, and I loved it.
Adam Aufderheide I am still reading it (as of now I am on Page 335 of 481), so maybe the end makes it better but if the book ended now, I would give it 3 stars, in my…moreI am still reading it (as of now I am on Page 335 of 481), so maybe the end makes it better but if the book ended now, I would give it 3 stars, in my mind It is cheesy and the whole plot is very random. I just do not like it. I found that the concepts it covers: Animal plague, mutants, cyborgs (which in the book are called borgs), Imortality (very briefly), space, a sort of Hunger games (which the main character will compete in) Etc. are all good things for books, but one book can not cover all these things without being a complete mess. and once you get to a certain point in the book you just say "what the Heck!" no, I would not recomend this in a heartbeat. sorry if anyone likes this book, Its just my thoughts.(less)

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Ms. Foley
LOVED it until the very end--then I had to throw the book across the room....
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
Mar 16, 2009 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
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
Ginny Potter
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.
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
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
May 26, 2009 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
Mar 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, own
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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
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
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
Afton Nelson
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Ga
Edward'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
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
Nichole Wulf
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kaylee Gania
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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
Ben Armstrong
Nov 25, 2014 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
Sep 19, 2009 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
Jun 26, 2010 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
Aug 07, 2014 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
Jailyn Brice
Aug 09, 2013 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
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
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
*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,
Jan 19, 2011 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
Jan 14, 2013 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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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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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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