The Roar

The Roar

by Emma Clayton


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"Exciting, thought-provoking, and very hard to put down."--The New York Times Book Review

Mika lives in future London, behind The 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.

Or so Mika's been told.

But ever since Ellie vanished a year ago, Mika's suspected 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.

"A hugely inventive and entertaining read which grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck from the first sentence. It flies along like a laser beam from a blaster and sustains the breakneck pace until the stunning climax. A fresh and exciting take on sci-fi..."--Eoin Colfer

*Includes a bonus chapter previewing the breathtaking sequel THE WHISPER!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439927857
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 105,490
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.42(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Emma Clayton lives with her two children in Leamington Spa, England. THE WHISPER is the sequel to her debut novel THE ROAR.

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The Roar 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Harnedfamily More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've ever read. This book is set in a dystopian future and Murphy's Law is one of the key factors :) . It was appropriate but scary, but not too scary. I would reccommend this book highly.
Destiny-Ingels More than 1 year ago
This book “The Roar” is about two twins (Micka & Ellie). Ellie gets taken away at a very young age. Mal Gorman the, the man who took her, told her parents that she had drowned in the flood water. This is all happening in a place called “The Shadows”. In this world something called “The Animal Plague” has supposedly happened. So they built a big wall around half the world. But Micka could feel his sister and knew that she wasn’t dead. But the reason she was taken was a mystery to him. Until he started playing a game called “Pod Fighter” that Mal Gorman had created. But Micka soon finds out he has to play the game to find his sister. Does he find his sister? What happens to them? What’s Pod Fighter? What is The Animal Plague? Why does Mal Gorman want his sister? Those are all questions you must find out by reading the book! `I like this book because I like action books. This book has a lot of action and fiction. While you are reading it, it feels like you are actually there in the book because of all the details in the book. There is nothing I don’t really like about the book. One other thing I like is that the action begins after the first 5 chapters! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes action and fiction books.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters are wonderful!!! Trapped behind a wall in fear of the animal plague twin siblings move forward in search of the truth!! Emma Clayton better be writing the sequel.
RandyStafford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clayton has the good sense to start her novel about the point where others would end it: Ellie Smith climbing into a Pod Fighter to escape the wonderfully named Mal Gorman. She doesn't make it; doesn't get back to her family beyond the Wall that surrounds the moldy, industrial enclaves man huddles in after the Animal Plague; she doesn't get to share the Secret it will take us the rest of the book to learn. After the first three chapters, most of the story shifts to her twin brother Mika who just knows that Ellie didn't drown as the government says, knows that she's still alive. And, to find her, he'll have to choke down the supplements and drugs the Youth Development Foundation (YDF) is handing out at school, horrible gym classes - also courtesy of the YDF, compete in a tournament that starts out as a mere arcade game but then sinisterly transforms into something else, deal with a bully who also happens to be tough opponent in those games, and juggle the complexities of unfortunate friends, loving but clueless parents, and something like young love. The story moves quickly. Clayton's style is mostly smooth except for the very occasional metaphor that jars a bit in the context of the story and some odd shifts in viewpoint. Certainly the ending sets up the story for future sequels and leaves many plot elements unexplained, but it also raises some nice dilemmas after the Secret is revealed. The characters are all stock. In addition to the clueless parents and bully, we get an eccentric, grandmotherly old woman who seems to know the Secret. The villain not only has villainous designs. He just can't seem to relate to children on the simplest levels. Most significant, this story is in the long tradition of science fiction stories about mutant children who are misunderstood and persecuted - and probably the ultimate saviors of humanity. The charitable interpretation of this sort of story is that youngsters often feel misunderstood and persecuted. The more uncharitable truth is it's a story element that often seeks to bond with a narcissistic, vain element in the reader. Adults will almost certainly guess what the YDF is up to - though they will also find it all too plausible in its combination of government hectoring, marketing campaign, and outright coercion. The details of the Secret may surprise. Adults will not find any attempt to teach about the world of real science and technology as the juveniles of Robert Heinlein often did. Some of the book's mystical elements are unexplained and a bit hackneyed. But young readers will see an exciting story about a brother who misses his sister, a world of school and games which is not what it seems.
kikotomo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read. Although the beginning was a little slow, the story built up to an extremely exciting ending. This story is sort of like a modern-day Ender's Game. Loved it!
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s been forty-three years since the Animal Plague forced everyone to move behind the safety of The Wall. Every animal on the planet was effected by the plague, causing them to turn viscious and kill anyone that got in their path. People still have nightmares and are afraid to even look at pictures of animals.Space is definitely a problem since the construction of The Wall. Only about a third of the planet is available for living space since everything outside The Wall is dead from the poison gas used to kill the animals and their habitats. Every available space is covered with concrete to make room for people. There isn¿t any ¿real¿ food anymore since animals don¿t exist and there isn¿t any place for food to grow. People have to live on top of each other and those unfortunate enough to live on the lower levels have to battle the mold that grows everywhere because of the moisture and lack of sunlight. Life is dreary in the Shadows (the lower levels).Mika is a good kid, but He has been having a tough time lately though because he can¿t get over the fact that his twin sister, Ellie, has disappeared. It¿s been a year and everyone thinks she is dead - except Mika. He refuses to believe Ellie is gone. Mika has even more to think about when the government introduces a new game and fitness program in the schools. He has an unexplainable distrust of anything to do with the Fit For Life program, but when he learns that participating in the games might lead him to Ellie, he puts everything he has into winning.Emma Clayton does a great job of creating this post-apolcalyptic world for the reader. Science Fiction elements like Pod Fighters, space travel, and mental telepathy quickly draw the reader into the story. Mika is a loveable character and you¿ll be on the edge of your seat as he and his gaming partner, Audrey, navigate their way through a sinister plan cooked up by an evil government. The ending definitely leaves room for a sequel.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since the 'animal plague', the world's population has been crowded in the northern third of the Earth, with the Wall separating them from the dangers of the south. For a while, all were equal, but then the rich decided to build a second layer above the cities, which made the already cramped and uncomfortable lower level even worse, dark, disgusting, and unhealthy. But when people find out the Secret, everything will change.I love both fantasy and science fiction, but they don't always blend well, and this is another book that I think would have been better if it had been straight science fiction instead of a mix. The writing was very good and the plot, while not new, was generally well done. But once it left science fiction and veered into fantasy, it became a lot less interesting.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was looking at new YA books and came across Roar, read the synopsis and was curious. It turns out that Clayton's book is yet another dystopian take on our future. Set in a world without plants or animals, Mika lives in a world behind a wall. After the animal plague, it was too dangerous for people to survive and so everyone moved behind the wall. One day, Mika's twin sister Ellie disappears. Everyone expect Mika believe that Ellie's dead and he's right. The story is told through Mika's eyes as he tries to find a way to his sister and Ellie's as she fights her kidnappers to get back home. In story that's both science fiction and fantasy, Clayton creates a world that is both beautiful and terrifying. I really hope she writes a sequel!
wislibwiz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great read! 'Edge of the seat' story about the trials of Ellie and Mika who share a special communication bond as twins. Would appeal to kids who are into computer games.
biscuitspaddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Roar is a great book that expands your mind like an over blown baloon! Your imagination will take the ride of a lifetime. Based on a future where the human civilisation is forced behind a giant wall because of an animal plauge, when twins Mika and Elly discover a secret, they have to tell everyone. Where are Mika and all the mutants powers coming from? Is Elly really cared about by her kidnapper?
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an Advanced Reading Copy from the Amazon Vine program. This was an interesting book with a few creative elements and many not so creative elements.Ellie has been kidnapped by a man seeking to develop her "powers" for some unknown purpose. Mika is her twin left behind; everyone believes Ellie is dead except for him. They both live in a world where the northern hemisphere of the earth is walled in order to protect humans from the evil Animals infected with the Animal Plague a generation before them. Ellie it trying to get home and Mika is trying to find a way to get to Ellie despite the fact no one believes she is alive.This was a fast paced, engaging read. It had some creative elements in the idea of an Animal Plague wiping out half of the earth. Unfortunately it had more uncreative elements in it. For example trapping a subset of humanity behind an enclosure and telling them they are all that is left is a concept explored in many novels. Also genetically modifying kids to develop special talents for fighting or humans morphing to a new species are also both topics that have been overdone in both books and film. Still, if you like reading novels about these types of things this could be the book for you. Personally I thought that this story rehashed a lot of the stories out there. If you are interested in this type of story I think Storm Thief, The White Mountains, The Hunger Games, and The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book) do this type of story in a more creative and better way that this book does. A lot of people also like The City of Ember (Books of Ember) (although it wasn't a favorite of mine) and this explores a similar type of story.What really got me about this book was the end. The ending is rushed and very unsatisfying. This book is either blatantly setting up the reader for a new series or the author just had absolutely no idea how to end the book. Many of the main events in the book were left unresolved and other events are only partially or quickly wrapped up. Nothing about this book was surprising mainly because there are already so many books like this available; especially in the young adult category.This book is a quick read about isolating humanity in a post-Armageddon type walled city; it is also about genetic modification. If you are really into these topics this isn't a bad read, but it is not an especially mind-blowing or enlightening read either. I personally don't think I will be looking into any more of Clayton's work; it just wasn't creative enough.
DaTr0827 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Roar was an amazing story. It had a lot of action and suspense. I would recommend this story to people that love futuristic and out of this world stories
ErFe1028 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book really interesting, especially as the story finished. I was not satisfied with the ending because it did not wrap up all the loose ends. But throughout the whole thing I was hooked and did not want it to finish.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By the last quarter of this book, it really had me hooked. A lot of setup started this story of grim future where the human population has been relocated behind a wall in the northern portion of the earth as a result of an animal plague. Mika is angry and distrustful of the powers that be after he's been told his twin, Ellie, is dead. He is determined to get her back and guided by his connection with his twin realizes he must play along and win the pod fighter competition. There must be sequel planned because there were a lot of loose ends left, and the book seemed to end abruptly.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the not-too-distant future, there is an animal plague, causing people to hide behind high walls for protection. It is overcrowded, and nature has been destroyed. Mika's twin sister has disappeared, and he believes she has been abducted. Then all the 12 and 13 year olds are forced to start taking special vitamins and competing in a special arcade game.
fansmatt575 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is an amazing book for sci-fi lovers. i read it over the summer break and finished it in a week it was so good!!!! although if you do not like long rich reading and sci-fi/fantasy books this IS NOT the book to read...
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This is an amazing book that will leave you begging for more
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this is seriously the best book i have ever read in my life. If your wondering if you should buy this book wonder no longer buy it right now. Oh, and my title is sparkle555 because thats a nickname i gave myself so when i post everyone knows its me. Just a little thing i came up with a few minues ago. Sparkle555 out. :) (my next posts are going to be on the books of elsewhere)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Future London, years after the feared animal plague, all of London had been locked away from the outside world by a 50 ft. tall and 30 ft. thick Concrete “Wall”.  Said to protect everyone from the so well known animal plague beyond the walls.  Mika, a young boy as well as being the main protagonist happens to go to school and has a not-such a warm welcome as he encounters a very strange organization,encouraging kids to compete in a contest utilizing a virtual reality simulator, Mika uses this opportunity to search for the truth behind this massive cover-up as well as finding his sister Ellie, who has gone “missing” for over a year. The Roar is a good picture of what the world is really like and that people will do even the biggest of things to get what they want, the more you read this book the more you will understand how life can work.  This book takes place in a post apocalyptic world where a past as well as a possible present animal plague exist and everyone is forced to live behind “The Wall” a concrete behemoth of a wall, standing 50 ft. high and was placed to “protect” the citizens of London from the animal plague beyond...This book can be compared to quite a few books but this a very unique book being thats its one of very few that have a Futuristic Post-Apocalyptic Setting. Very similar to Star Wars in a way that it includes pod fighters and advanced robots,dubbed: “Borgs”.  One thing this book does very well is keeping you on your toes.  There may be one thing happening and then out of nowhere something you probably didn't expect will happen.  This is by no means a clutter of events but rather a way to keep you reading and keep you glued to the book at all times. Though I will say that it takes quite a bit before you get to the interesting parts of the book, about 4 chapters I believe, the books start out slow and is a bit dull for the first few chapters, but if you manage to hold out a bit, you will be sucked in by the 4th chapter.  It may be a turn-off for some readers, but I can almost guarantee it’s worth the wait. Overall this the best book I have ever read and I continue to read it multiple times, this is the kind of book you would keep on your desk to read if you ever had a thrive for action or maybe just having some free time on your hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great work of dystopian fiction. It is relevant, exciting, and relatable to young adults. The characters are well developed, and there is plenty of suspense. The book evokes some thought. It is one of the best books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it to readers of all ages who enjoy dystopian fiction.
Jreeder More than 1 year ago
Very good children's book, but I recommend it to everyone. The book teaches good morals. It was very entertaining and I found myself having trouble putting it down. The sequel, called The Whisper, is now finally coming out in February and I can't wait to read it.
TheOneTheOnlyLOL More than 1 year ago
Very good book. can't wait till the sequel, Whisper, comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was overall, a very good book. It reminded me a lot of the book "Ender's Game" but it followed a different plotline, and there was an added element of suspense, so I found myself unable to put the book down until it was finished, at 3 a.m. so it happens. It was also nice how they put the moral of saving the environment and not letting politicians run the country in there. Very good book overall. However, there are a few negatives. This book needs a sequel. Absolutely needs one, for two reasons- firstly, that the writing is wonderful and that I want to read another one, but also this book honestly looked like it was set up for a sequel, as there were many loose ends, and it did not give a full "epilogue" of sorts. That's why I give it 4/5 stars.