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The Roar Paperback – January 1, 2012
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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!”
An unusually gripping adventure roars to a satisfying conclusion.”
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a very ongoing fun and exciting read! I would recommend it to any of my friends!Published 5 months ago by Ryan
i love this book!! I had to buy it and this will be my 5th time reading it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my 9 year old (advanced reader) . I read it first to be sure it was a good fit and I couldnt put it down! Loved it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifertoo
Really awesome book. I loved it so much. A MUST READ!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Twins Mika and Ellie live behind a great wall. There are no trees to freshen the air or brighten the appearance of a dank and gray London. There are no animals, either. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lacey