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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 910 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; Reprint edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439927854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439927857
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Bradley on October 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Roar by Emma Clayton is a highly enjoyable read. It is in the same vein as the popular YA novels the Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The Roar is set in a dystopic future similar to some of the genre's great, classic predecessors. The Roar shares similarities to two of the greatest books in the genre: Brave New World and 1984. The main antagonist in the book has extended his life to an unnatural length taking pills conjuring Brave New World. Clayton's writing also strongly relates to 1984. Both books contain the themes of being separated by class; those who are ruled are on a frantic journey towards self identification. However Clayton's strongest influence is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. The books share many similar themes that drive each respective novel towards a breathtaking conclusion.

Before the story begins, Ellie, one of our heroes has been kidnapped and imprisoned. The Roar roars off with Ellie and a Capuchin monkey in tow, barreling towards earth in a Pod Fighter. They cross the wall that extends across the entire northern hemisphere and race towards the United Kingdom at ridiculous speeds. They have escaped the evil Mal Gordon's satellite space station with the goal of seeing Ellie's family. Ellie was kidnapped by Gorman because of his suspicion of her "special" powers. Ellie is chased by goons, but the deadly twelve year old pilot outmaneuvers her tails and flies underneath London into The Shadows. Ellie makes a small mistake and ends up crashing in the Thames which is now a giant, stinking floodplain. She sinks to the bottom with the thought that she is going to be buried alive in the black muck that was once the famous river. To her consternation and relief, Ellie is "rescued" by Gorman and brought back to her prison in space.
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Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her 12-going-on-13-year-old daughter reads, I was getting a tad tired of the post-apocalyptic fables that followed the success of "The Hunger Games." Then, I came across "The Roar." Actually, I stumbled upon its sequel "The Whisper" first - and passed it by, based on the jacket description. When said daughter insisted on borrowing it from the library, I dragged my feet reading it - but by the second page of "The Whisper", I was hooked. I stopped reading "The Whisper", went back to the library and snatched up "The Roar."

I saw "The Roar" as a hybrid between "The Mysterious Benedict Society", "The Hunger Games", "X-Men" (was that a book, ever?!) and the 1970s show "Fantasy Island." Clayton's writing was vivid and to-the-point; the characters were well-fleshed out; the plot was pretty seamless. I would put this series and the "Dark Life" series (previously reviewed) as next up for film adaptation if the thirst for futuristic movies continues. WHY IS IT NOT ON KINDLE?! Yep, sometimes said daughter does know better! Her review follows:

"The book, `The Roar', by Emma Clayton, is an adventurous, thrilling book about what happens when everything you know about the world is wrong. The book is set in the future, where everyone is scared of animals because animals have the Plague. Therefore, everyone lives in crowded apartments on one side of the Wall, and on the other side of the Wall is barren desert, where the animals used to live.

"Mika knows that his twin sister, Ellie, is still alive - even though the police say that she died over a year ago.
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I have to say that I liked this book, right up until the last page. It ended on such a strange, abrupt note that I was shocked when I turned the page and there was nothing there. I don't know if there's going to be a sequel, but this ending seemed more like a cliffhanger than an ending. If it is a cliffhanger, it's a good one.

If it's not, then IMO Clayton wimped out on writing the most important part of the story. Finding out a secret is only part of the solution.

Hopefully there will be a sequel, because this book would be much better as part of a series rather than a stand alone.
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Really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the future and really has a unique perspective. It incorporates the Mutant theme in it. A twin sister who is taken from her home. She's beyond talented and even is an expert pilot pod flyer. A twin brother who senses his sister is still alive and will not give up until he finds her. There is a secret though, which in the end they discover.

Lots of twists and turns, and suspense! The author had a way of writing where I really felt like I was part of the story.
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Animals are endangered, extinct even. Plants are bulldozed for parking lots and apartment buildings. Habitats are destroyed, and humans are at war with nature. Nature isn't winning. Until the Animal Plague. When the Animal Plague turned all the animals into murderous crazed beasts hell-bent on destroying their one common enemy, humans, the humans were forced to abandon most of the world and live behind giant walled cities while the rest of the earth is poisoned to rid the planet of the hostile animals. In The Roar, by Emma Clayton, the world may not be exactly as it seems.

Ellie knows her parents think she is dead, but she hopes her twin brother Mika knows she is out there. Kidnapped and trained as a super soldier thanks to her mutations, Ellie just wants to get back to her twin brother- her other half. Mika, on the other hand, is sure Ellie is alive, even though no one believes him. He has learned to keep his thoughts to himself after everyone was convinced he was crazy. But he knows he has to find a way to get Ellie back to him.

When the government releases a new pod fighter video game, the kids can't get enough of it. They start living just to play the game, almost in a zombie-like trance. The game quickly weeds out the normal kids from the prodigies, and Mika is one of the few incredibly talented kids who gets to compete in the final rounds of the competition. What no one is aware of, however, is the terrifying levels of corruption within the government who created the game to not only weed out the talented mutants like Mika, but to control the rest of the population as well. Mika suspects there is more to this game, but he knows it is the only way back to Ellie, and for Ellie, he would risk everything.

The Roar is a pretty long book, but it reads fairly easily.
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