|Cover artist||Ian Butterworth|
|Genre||Science fiction, Suspense|
|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. Of what they have been 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. 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.
A sequel to The Roar is The Whisper released February 16, 2011.
- The book shares several plot similarities with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.
- One of the minute robots made by the character Kobi is in the shape of a raven and is named Nevermore, this is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's fabulous poem, The Raven
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.