The Roar

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The Roar
Author Emma Clayton
Illustrator Jim Murray
Cover artist Ian Butterworth
Country England
Language English (United Kingdom)
Series The Roar (there are only 2 books)
Genre Science fiction, Suspense
Publisher Chicken House
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 481
ISBN 978-1-905294-63-3
Followed by The Whisper

The Roar is a 2009 novel by British author Emma Clayton. It was published in the United States and the United Kingdom by Chicken House.


The Roar takes place in a "post-apocalyptic" world where a disease known as the "Animal Plague" infects every animal and causes them to turn vicious and attack humans. Or so they are told.

When the plague began the entire population came together and built a solid concrete wall 50 feet high and 30 feet thick. On the top of the entire wall there is an electrified fence and invincible, laser hurling Ghengis borgs mounted every few yards.Behind this wall the population that survived has been living for more than 30 years. Many things have come about since space is limited. The government created a law that forbade people to have children. The Northern Hemisphere is where the population has gone to survive with all the other people in the world. Outside of "The Wall" the majority of the population has been made to believe that it is covered in a yellow poisonous dust that was used to kill all living things, because of the plague.


Main article: The Whisper

The sequel to The Roar is The Whisper, released February 1st, 2012.



The novel has received critical acclaim. The Roar was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2009, won the Yorkshire Coast Book Award and was selected for the USBBY 2010 Outstanding International Books Honor List and the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List.