The Roar

The Roar

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by Emma Clayton

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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…  See more details below


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 risk exposure to the elements and answer the call of the wild. Listen. Can you hear it? She's strapping on her headset, jumpstarting her Pod Fighter, and--with her capuchin monkey at her back--she's breaking out!

Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
The Roar is exciting, thought-provoking and very hard to put down.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
This book is set in a future London where people live behind The Wall in order to be safe from The Animal Plague just beyond the boundary. This plague caused every animal to turn vicious and attack anyone they came upon. As a result the wall was built and the animals were killed with a poisonous gas that damaged the surrounding environment as well. This is the world that Mika has always known. His life however is changed forever by the disappearance of his twin sister Ellie. To make matters worse a secret organization is recruiting mutant children. They are used to fight in virtual reality games that are more than what they seem. This is the author's first novel for children and I often read these books with great trepidation when I hear of this. People often think that the jump from novels written for adults to those written for children is an easy one. This is not true, yet this author manages to not completely lose sight of the intelligence and the interests of her intended audience. At times, not surprisingly, the book feels inspired by manga and anime. This makes it fun and almost visual in its approach to setting, events, and locations. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
VOYA - Robbie Johnston
In a future in which animals have contracted a horrible plague that makes them hungry for human flesh, all humans retreat to the northern part of the world behind The Wall. While the rich reside in golden turrets above London, the masses are forced to live in flooded slums. Thirteen-year-old Mika knows that his twin sister is still alive despite government claims that she drowned. When the Youth Development Foundation holds a contest for a chance to fly a real Pod Fighter, Mika knows it is his only chance of finding his sister. Clayton's debut novel is a sure-fire hit with teens young and old alike. Boys especially will like the action- and suspense-packed story, filled with harpoon guns, video games, and espionage. The plot is jumbled, going in many different directions, which might distract older readers while at the same time holding teens with shorter attention spans. The novel's extensive length sets up a sequel, allowing readers a chance to look forward to another action-packed volume. The world is creative and filled with secrets and danger at every turn, keeping readers guessing which direction the characters will be forced to go next. Although not the most polished or sophisticated of novels, it will prove popular with teens, with little violence and no objectionable language. Teens will roar for more of this must-have for any library. Reviewer: Robbie Johnston
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

In a bleak future, humans use terrible chemicals to fight The Animal Plague that causes all of the world's animals to go rabid and renders most of the planet uninhabitable. The population now cowers in overcrowded walled cities. Mika, 12, and his parents live in London in terrible conditions. His twin, Ellie, supposedly drowned a year earlier, but Mika is convinced that she still lives. He's right. The story begins with Ellie and a tiny monkey named Puck fleeing a spaceship in a stolen Pod Fighter. Sadly, their attempt to escape is foiled by the evil Mal Gorman, who has a plan to co-opt the entire first generation of children born after the Plague and make them into an army for his own nefarious purposes. And Gorman has special plans for kids like Mika and Ellie, whose mutations give them unique abilities. To save his sister, Mika will have to win a contest involving simulator battle games and many deadly challenges, using abilities he never knew he had. The story starts fast and never slows down. While the bad guys are a bit stereotypical, the good guys are interesting and realistic. There's a touch of the supernatural, some interesting philosophical questions, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave readers hungry for more. Give this one to readers not quite ready for Orson Scott Card.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
On a future Earth, 12-year-old Ellie pilots a fighter pod from an orbiting space station to England. Although she's determined to reunite with her parents and twin brother Mika, she is recaptured by government agents. How Mika discovers the secrets of their dystopian society and begins to seek a peaceful solution to them propels the exciting, suspenseful plot. In fact, this compulsive read should not be started at bedtime if readers intend to get any sleep. Echoes of Ender's Game and the Tripod Trilogy lend interest to Clayton's skillful blending of science-fiction tropes into an original novel. Transportation pods, monstrous cyborg animals, advanced healing techniques and the scientific study of ESP provide the details that make this world work. The book's climax, although satisfying in itself, does not resolve all readers' questions or tie up the loose ends that provide an enticing glimpse of possibilities for future volumes. Since it ends with a walloping cliffhanger, here's hoping a sequel appears in our not-too-distant future. (Science fiction. 10-12)
From the Publisher

"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

“Telepathically connected twins battle a totalitarian regime…Exciting, thought-provoking, and very hard to put down.” – The New York Times Book Review

“An exciting, suspenseful plot; this compulsive read should not be started at bedtime!”
– Kirkus Reviews

“An unusually gripping adventure…roars to a satisfying conclusion.”

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5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)
910L (what's this?)
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10 - 14 Years


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The Roar 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book that will leave you begging for more
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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.
CapnJesJes More than 1 year ago
Book Review The Roar by Emma Clayton The book I have read for the book review is “The Roar” by Emma Clayton it wasn’t great a great book but it was a pretty good read this is a story about a girl named Ellie she was kidnapped and everyone else believed she was dead everyone but her Brother Mika then there is this new game but its actually a way to recruit new members for the army. It’s main point is a brothers desire to recover the truth he has been holding on to when no one else believed and the trials he faced to get where he is with his sister after being away from each other for so long uncovering truth about the world they are cluelessly apart of even after the things they were told were truth enough for everyone else at the time. The book might be a fiction but I believe it gets a very strong point across no matter how much you think you don’t need a sibling if they actually left you would miss them because in a strange way they actually complete you they make you the person you are just like Mika he claimed he didn’t like her but when she was taken he couldn’t let her go and he wanted and needed her back. So as I said before this is a very well written but its not as good as I thought but pretty good it makes a very intense read it is very suspenseful overall I did not like it it just was not for me did not have enough action in my opinion but when they had action it was really good and the book did a good job with all the suspense but it was not as good I thought it would be.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was reading the first book and i just fell in love i been waiting for the sequal for 2 years so far*
drew33 More than 1 year ago
The Roar is an interesting book with many twists and turns. It is about a pair of twins who have a telepathic connection. There is only one problem Mika's sister Ellie is a thousand miles away. She was kidnapped by Mal Gorman. I give this book 4 out of 5 because it is very suspenseful. The main plot is that Mika sister is stolen from him and he is the only one who believes that she isn't dead. Then he learns that playing a video game might help him find Ellie. Then he finds out that an evil man wants to recruit all mutant and use their special powers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the roar is a great book that has adventure,sadness,and action. it was alittle hard to keep up with. it changed perspectives without warning.
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GerardButlerLover More than 1 year ago
life changing....
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Shadownemmy More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended for young teenagers or teenagers alike. I havent fully finished this book but this book is purely amazying,As much as i love this book i hope there is a sequal but i think this was a sequal.. or so i think. i checked out emma claytons works and there is a book i think was called "el rugido."I searched up on google "the roar" and i found the book cover of the el rugidos book cover up front.I just wonder what this was about.
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TheTrueJaneAnne More than 1 year ago
A stupendous book, almost obsolete, though.
JulieDunn More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book at the first but I really did not like the ending. If there's not another book I will hate it and not recommend it to any one. This is a really good book because you don't really know what will happen though out the book and its very thrilling. hope fully the story doesn't end with just this book.