One person found this helpful. Craig Whitmore's freshman novel, "The Last Roar," is an excellent read and a fine contribution to the genre of historical fiction. Either way, its impact on American history was profound. Whitmore skillfully uses fictional characters, interspersed with real figures, to create an interesting book about the time period. His expertise as a park ranger shines through as he writes with knowledge about the weapons, ships and events of the period.
His main character, George Armstrong, is a man who essentially wants to be left alone, but is inexorably drawn into the conflict that played out on the Great Lakes and what was then the American frontier. I highly recommend The Last Roar and look forward to more from this author in the future. Craig Whitmore crafts an exciting story that follows the human drama of people caught up in the War of and the Battle of Lake Erie. The story, told from multiple perspectives, is faithful to the original history and small details that take the reader far beyond mere dates and places.
Certainly, a very powerful ending that ties all the loose ends together and leaves the reader, along with the characters, coming to terms with the real costs of victory. Good detail of personally background, construction and the element of battle. A must read for anyone living in Ohio and especially for those who enjoy boating on the Great Lakes.
I enjoyed this book very much. A masterful combination of both story and history. I learned much about Ohio and Michigan's part in the War of and enjoyed ever minute of it. This was a fantastic book. I loved reading about George, Polly and Jesse and the many other interesting characters and the war itself. I was left in suspense as to what their outcome would be until the very end.
The author wrote such that I could visualize the war and how both sides wanted to win. It was an easy read and well worth taking the time to read. I hope to read more from the author in the future. See all 12 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A Novel of The War of Set up a giveaway.
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Twins Ellie and Mika are among the first generation of kids to be born 30 years after the global epidemic known as The Plague. Mika can feel the connection and certain that her twin sister is alive. He is to prove that he is right even if it means joining a dangerous virtual game set by the Northern Government. One of the strongest points of The Roar is the effective dystopian world building. The world behind The Wall was divided into two; the rich live in the upper level known as The Golden Turrets while the poor live on the lower level, The Shadows.
Life in The Shadows is miserable and it is scary. I was filled with dread every time I hear the sound. Through this horrible world, I learned to feel sympathy for the characters — Ellie and Mika among others. They are separated but you can see the link between them. What one learns, the other learns and what one feels the other feels too. Throughout the duration that they are separated, I anticipated the moment when they will be reunited, half-expecting it to be something magical.
This did not only help to keep the plot moving forward, but also for the smooth transition of perspectives. He has fair share of nightmares, he has fears, and his vulnerabilities were not masked. The Roar, aside from the violent games, also shares another important element from one of the most popular, if not the most popular dystopian novel today, The Hunger Games, and that is Media Fabrication. As to how does Media Fabrication comes to play in The Roar and what has it got to do with Mal Gorman is for me to know and for you to find out.
May 10, JoAnn B. This book had a lot going for it - a dystopian future world, virtual reality games, and mutant teens - but it fell apart on a number of levels. Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister Ellie is dead and somehow feels that she is still alive and being held captive somewhere, but we're never given any evidence that there were any telepathic feelings between them before this happened.
Although most of the population seems to be living in crowded, squalid, dark, damp, and moldy surroundings, no This book had a lot going for it - a dystopian future world, virtual reality games, and mutant teens - but it fell apart on a number of levels. Although most of the population seems to be living in crowded, squalid, dark, damp, and moldy surroundings, no one questions why this is so when others are living in cities above them in spacious, light-filled apartments.
While the initial chapters on the pod fighters reality game are exciting, the rest of the book takes way too long to get through the competition that is set up to find and select the mutant teens who will be used by the people in power as fighters in a future war. Finally, the secret behind this society and the wall built around it is just thrown in at the end and in the last few pages we are supposed to believe that the teens in this world will somehow rise up and set everything right. May 26, Jessikah rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid 4 stars.
We are introduced to Ellie and Mika. A set of twins, who had been separated when the government kidnaped Ellie for nefarious reasons which are only A solid 4 stars. A set of twins, who had been separated when the government kidnaped Ellie for nefarious reasons which are only eluded to. We follow her brother Mika as he navigates the dangerous games the government have set up in the guise of entertainment for he and his peers.
As Mika discovers the truth about Ellie and the world in which he lives and learns about friendship in the wake of horrific events. While it is a mish mash of a bunch of different Sci Fi theme, the book was very compelling. I found myself cursing silently when I had to put the book down. I can't wait for a sequel. Mar 25, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was very prepared to give this book four or possibly even five stars The beginning caught my attention.
The focus shifting from Ellie to Mika through me off a bit, but hey, I can deal with twists and turns and surprises. It keeps the story interesting and is why I read in the first place. The story was engaging and kept me wanting to continue reading. And then the end.
The author definitely leaves room for a sequel. In fact, at this point, how can she not wri I was very prepared to give this book four or possibly even five stars In fact, at this point, how can she not write a sequel? She did not finish one story line. Not even a little bit. Still a good book and a worthy read and hopefully a sequel is on the way but definitely a disappointing ending. Mar 23, Ginny Potter rated it liked it. Considering I don't exactly love science fiction novels, this book was pretty good.
There were enough unanswered questions and enough suspense to get me through all pages in one day. The ending was pretty good, but I really wish Emma Clayton had shortened the introduction and lengthened the conclusion a bit, because I was definitely expecting more from the ending.
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It was a bit disappointing. Sep 19, Elena Mills rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. A lot of people said it was kinda depressing but I didn't really find it to be that way. I really liked the storyline, and the characters and the mission. I can't wait to read the next one. Jul 20, Brandy rated it it was ok Shelves: Mika has never gotten over the death of his twin sister--mostly because he's positive she's not dead.
He can feel her out there, somewhere, and it's up to him to find her. It's not easy, when the world is surrounded by a giant wall to keep out the plague-ridden animals, and going to school now means drinking cups of the vile FitMix and going to FitCamp. When the new Podfighter game comes to the arcades, Mika takes to it like he's been playing all his life, and there's something about it that wil Mika has never gotten over the death of his twin sister--mostly because he's positive she's not dead.
When the new Podfighter game comes to the arcades, Mika takes to it like he's been playing all his life, and there's something about it that will bring him closer to his missing sister. I didn't love this. I didn't even particularly like it. There are some huge plot holes have Ellie and Mika always been telepathic? Will she be back? Maybe some of this will be addressed in the sequel due out Feb , it seems but I'm not inclined to pick it up and find out. Inside the wall, people are packed tightly together in strict classes, with little in-between: You've got your garden-variety class issues, plus environmental ruin, population control Mika and Ellie are among the oldest kids around after a year population halt , gaming culture, conspiracy, and technology anti-aging drugs, hovercars, tiny pocket-sized "companions" in place of phones.
Middle-schoolers may be excited by all the action; high schoolers are more likely to be jaded and bored by the loooooooong details of podfighter tournaments. Similar to Ender's Game or Epic video gaming , X-Men or Witch and Wizard mutant powers , Uglies flying sequences; going beyond city limits , Maze Runner safety only inside walls , or Inside Out discoveries about the world outside. Oct 17, Christopher Garza added it. This exciting novel "The Roar" by Emma Clayton Takes place in the future where a nasty plague had broken out and everybody in the world is forced to live be hind the wall for there own protection.
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But this book included kids that all have a new arcade game called pod fighter and they are flying jets and preparing to play in a tornament. Jan 12, Zeek rated it it was ok Shelves: A YA book, I would even say it fits for younger audiences- although some elements are quite frightening. I found the hook to be just too obvious- or perhaps simplistic is a more accurate word- for the more seasoned readers of dystopian fiction. Set in a dark future where some time in the past the animals of earth became infected by a plague, the people of earth are still living behind man made walls in fortified cities.
Little does everyone know that the walls and fortification are not to keep ra A YA book, I would even say it fits for younger audiences- although some elements are quite frightening. Little does everyone know that the walls and fortification are not to keep rabid beast out, but to keep them in. But one young girl, and the twin she hasn't seen since being kidnapped years ago, are about to expose the huge secret- one that goes to the darkest part of the human heart The plot in The Roar is just a tad "done before" for my tastes and the revelation of the big bad made me roll my eyes because of its obvious agenda.
Which by the way, comes off as slightly hypocritical to me since an "agenda" is what the children are fighting against in this book. As YA fiction, this novel does fine.
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Oh and don't expect a clearly defined ending- this book is most definitely sequel bait. Jul 30, Afton Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: Still 4 stars even though the ending was awful. Awful unless there is a sequel out there somewhere that will answer my questions. But I searched every end page and could find no indication that this was book one in a series.
There were so many things that needed explaining and wrapping up and I was left to make too many assumptions. Other than that, this was a splendid book. Exciting from the get go--a wonderful read for kids who might not be ready for the intensity of Hunger Ga Still 4 stars even though the ending was awful. Exciting from the get go--a wonderful read for kids who might not be ready for the intensity of Hunger Games or Ship Breaker, but who still want a thrilling, well-written sci fi.
At first I thought the story might not appeal to my boys because it seems there is a female main character. As it turns out however, the story is told from Ellie's point of view, as well as that of her twin brother Mika. And Mika gets way more face time. I think they would totally go for it, which is why I'll probably end up buying it, if I can over the abrupt, rushed ending.
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Oct 15, Nick G rated it really liked it. It is a good book for anyone who wants to see what might happen in the future. It really gets you thinking what might happen to us if we take everything from our home planet of earth. Its a mix between post Apocalypse and sci fi. All of the animals in the world have supposedly turned on the humans and everyone is cornered into one part of the earth.
It gives of a vibe of perseverance and pushing through the problem that the people then faced. Overall the the book is great for anyone of all ages. The plot and characters hook you in right from the beginning. Its a good and decently long read if you like it there is another book in the series.
Mar 05, Valerie Erickson rated it really liked it. It is a good book, plenty of action and understandable. Some parts get a little confusing because it can be so out of this world, but I usually was able to figure it out. Has a beautiful connection between siblings and friends and is the type of book that makes you think about the future. Kept me hooked, and I am still hooked. I want to finish Mika and Ellie's story.
Jul 07, Nichole Wulf rated it it was amazing. The book is a great dystopian novel. I have always been fascinated with ESP and the book offered me that connection! I kept thinking of Ender's Game as I read. I am moving on to the sequel soon. May 09, Kaylee Gania rated it it was amazing. The book "The Roar" by Emma Clayton is a good book. In the beginning it gets confusing about the setting and about the twins Mika and Ellie. But in the end it shows how the two twins stories come together. Also i didn't like the ending because it doesn't tell you how it ends!
View all 6 comments. Jun 12, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. The book is mainly about a boy named Mika. The book shows his struggle to find his twin sister, Ellie. In the beginning of the book, Ellie tries to escape from Mal Gorman, but finds herself in the hands of him again. Mika believes that Ellie is still alive even though mostly everyone around him thinks that she dead.
The only one that understands Mika is Helen, his therapist. Helen tells him that if he enters a competition, he has a chance of reuniting with Ellie again. He has to undergo drinkin The book is mainly about a boy named Mika. He has to undergo drinking fit mix, pretending that he is normal, and do everything that his classmates are doing. The characters in this book are very unique and wildly gifted. Most of the characters featured in the book are mutants.
The thing that I did not like about the mutants was that they were forced to use their powers for evil. Mika, the main character in the book, is very amazing. What I like about him is that his instincts are always right in the book. His instinct told him that Ellie was alive and also told him that drinking the fit mix would be wrong. The thing I don't like about him is that sometimes he did not listen to his instinct which made him have more problems in the book. The book overall was amazing, but there were some parts that I would have changed to make the book better.
The thing that made up the confusion of the ending was the plot. The plot was very detailed and interesting, filled with twists and turns. It made it easier to understand the book because it made me see the book from three different sides. It even made it interesting how the main characters are connected and how they think of one another. I would recommend this book to people that love reading action filled with suspense and mystery. This book is very intense, and it will make you want to read more and more of it.
People should put this in our summer reading list, and anyone should read it, because it shows something that can possibly be our future. Anyone who read this book with me amazed and interested how intense this book is. Hope you read it too! Nov 25, Ben Armstrong rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book The Roar by Emma Clayton.
When I continued to read more, things started to clear up. The setting was in future London where everybody is behind a wall that surrou I really enjoyed this book The Roar by Emma Clayton. The setting was in future London where everybody is behind a wall that surrounds Europe because the government is protecting them from the Animal Plague. This is where animals have a sickness that kills humans.
There are 3 levels of where people live; the people of lower class live in the bottom, upper class lives in the next level up and government officials live at the top. The quality of living is better the higher you go up. The YDF starts picking children that have done good and have compete in other competitions.
The main character, Mika, is a very likable character. He and his partner, Audrey, go in the Pod Fighter simulators and fight other teams. They both try to get to the final prize but soon they are split up and have to do individual competitions. Mika is told by one adult he is close with that if he entered the Pod Fighter competition that he would possibly see Ellie.
Mika is out to set to try to win the competition.
One of the other bad guys in this book would be Ruben, he is a rivals with Mika and he wants to win the competition. I would definitely recommend this book to someone because this is really entertaining book and once you start to get into this book its hard to put down. It looks like a pretty big book but its definitely worth to read. There is a sequel to this book, The Whisper, I plan on reading that book because I feel like it will clear up things from the first book and I feel that it will be a really great book to read.
Sep 19, A. If the simple the fact that the story is posed in London in the future doesn't grab your interest, Emma Clayton's thrilling sci-fi novel Roar will pull you in on its own. It gives you a fresh new feel, with a touch of Star Wars added, like a delicious dash of exotic spices. Even though it's from a twelve-year-old's point of view, I think older readers including myself, of course will enjoy this book. Mika lives in futuristic London, behind a huge wall that protects the citizens from the mysteri If the simple the fact that the story is posed in London in the future doesn't grab your interest, Emma Clayton's thrilling sci-fi novel Roar will pull you in on its own.
Mika lives in futuristic London, behind a huge wall that protects the citizens from the mysterious animal plague that swept the city many years ago. But since his twin sister vanished a year ago, Mika has suspected there is more to his world than he has always been told. When an organization starts recruting children to play violent, very realistic virtual reality games, Mika uses it as a chance to search for his missing twin and uncover a startling truth. Mika is easy to root for.
Throughout the story, he is a brave and believable character that you want to stick with for the exciting ride; even when the dialogue gets a bit sketchy. He manages to discover secrets, and unravel their truths in ways that kept me reading with eager anticipation. When the end of the book came and a fountain of surprises erupted before me, I was quite dissappointed that the book had finished.
At one point, the book touches on the fact that humans didn't take care of the earth, and that was what caused the disastrous animal plague. I thought 'Oh great, this is going to be some environmentalist book that bashes people while at the same time trying to be a science fiction, action packed adventure. I had a bit of a problem connecting to the villain of the story.
My friends, the villains do, in fact, need to be identifiable, as twisted as that may sound, but I had trouble relating to this particular 'bad guy. With that aside, the book was completely enjoyable and I would personally reccomend it to sci-fi fans and people who simply enjoy a good tale. Emma Clayton certainly wrote an amazing first novel that kept me guessing and sucked me in all the way through until the end. Jun 26, Evan rated it it was ok Shelves: Honestly I was just glad to be done with this book. I'm slighlty disapponited, since so many of the teens at the library do seem to like it, and I'd like something to recommend after the Hunger Games but just It's a world where everyone went behind a wall in London to escape an animal plague, with the rich living in high turrets and the poor living in shadows.
The 1st children in 30 years are being born and the government has its sights Honestly I was just glad to be done with this book. The 1st children in 30 years are being born and the government has its sights set on them for their own purposes. The story mostly follows Mika, a boy whose twin sister was kidnapped by the government a year ago.
Only Mika thinks she's still alive. And he'll do anything to find her. Expect plenty of the 'have and have nots' political allegory with all the subtly of a sledghammer to the face. Oh, and the typical new agey nature worship of a 90s enviromental message cartoon Captain Planet would blush. Yep, humans are evil, in particular human adults. Destroying the world and all well, sort of, but to elaborate on that point would be spoiling the book. But fortunately the main characters aren't human, they're mutants, clearly described as the next step in evolution.
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The book almost seems eager for homo saipien to vanish like the Neanderthal. Ok, perhaps I'm too harsh. There's a lot of fun action scenes with space age fighter planes and some sufficiently interesting ideas in building the world, plus the main villain is SO ridiculously evil and numb to human feeling it's entertaining.
There's even a pysche out toward the end pretending to give him good motives before reaffirming that, yes he's even worse than we thought. Plus you do root for Mika to find his sister. So can I personally recommend it? No, but based on the response from others it seems I'm in the minority. So take that for what you will. Don't read this expecting closure in the end, this is clearly written with a sequel and perhaps "franchise" in mind.
Aug 07, Amanda rated it it was ok. My opinion is half and half with this novel. It had an interesting subject and about half-way through I started to enjoy it, but the end was completely anti-climatic and made me just no longer care about the characters at all. I have no interest in even looking to see if there's a sequel which there prob is.
The book's premise is that basically all the world's plants and animals were destroyed because of an Animal Plague that made the animals attack and kill humans. So they moved behind a wall an My opinion is half and half with this novel. So they moved behind a wall and they build skyscrapers to accommodate all those who survived the Plague.
The first thing that bugged me was that I didn't find the premise believable and I pretty much guessed how it would end from the beginning of the book. The book began with one twin's pov and then most of the rest was in the other's pov. I had trouble caring about either until half-way through the book and then it was still touch and go. Suddenly the book is about a competition and only 12 year-olds are asked to compete. That was never properly explained and they never mentioned how the rest of the teens felt that they were completely excluded. I'm sure they would have been slightly upset.
I enjoyed the competition except I didn't see why the kids stayed in it.