Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Roar by Emma Clayton

This book was given to me by one of my students- Daniel. He thought I might like it, and boy was he right. This book is similar to The Uglies or The Hunger Games- where the world is much like ours in many way, but in some major ways the world is so much different and young kids are forced to make some serious decisions to go against the status quo.

The Roar is the story about what happens 40 years after an animal plague has destroyed much of the world. Now, everyone in the world lives behind a great wall, a wall that was designed to keep out all the animals. The people who live behind the wall are forced to live in terrible conditions (at least the poor people are). Most people live on the bottom layer of the city, they live in very small flats that are covered in mold. While the rich people live on the top layer of the city- where they block out all the sun to the people below.

Mika is a 13 year old poor boy who is very confused. A year ago, his twin sister vanished. His parents believe she is dead, but Mika knows in his heart she is still alive. When the government comes to school one day with a new program they all need to follow, Mika starts questioning the people in charge. Suddenly all the kids are playing this new video game and Mika finds himself finally comfortable with who he is. Mika knows that by playing this game he will somehow find his sister. But, things are not what they seem. The government has other plans for Mika and his friends.

Check out this book- it is well worth the read! The author also has a fan page on facebook:

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