Monday, May 21, 2012

The Roar & The Whisper by Emma Clayton


The Roar 
Pages: 496
Release Date:  April 1st, 2009
Received:  Own
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  11+


The Whisper
Pages: 320
Release Date:  February 1st, 2012
Received:  Own
Rating:  2/5 stars
Recommended to:  11+


~ Summary for The Roar ~
A year ago, Mika's twin sister Ellie was said to have drowned.  Everyone believes she's dead, but not Mika.  It's like he can feel her,still alive and well.  He wants answers, but when no one will help him, he's forced to do things on his own.  But when his school starts issuing the Fit For Life program - exercising, drinking the Fit Mix, and experiencing random growth spurts - and Mika's elderly friend Helen tells Mika to stick with the program so he can find Ellie, Mika throws himself full-fledged into the program.

But that's merely the beginning.  Now they must learn to fight Pods in a game that has sucked in every youth.  When Mika and his new friend Audrey find themselves at the top of the game, Mika realizes he is closer to finding Ellie than it seems - and that the game is much more dangerous than anyone believed.


The Roar ~
So, brilliant stories don't come around that often, but when they do, you read them again and again.  The Roar is one such book.  It's beautiful.  The plot, the descriptions, the suspense.  MIKA.  Mika makes this book what it is, really.

The Whisper ~
Btu what happens when its long-awaited sequel disappoints?  Ok, it's hard.  Yeah, I was hoping for the same brilliance in The Whisper.  If the author can do it once, she can do it again.  Unfortunately, what I got from The Whisper was less than good.  I'm sad to say it.

The Roar ~
With characters like these, it's hard to leave your readers behind.  Mika is 12 years old, a strong boy with an amazing love of life.  An amazing love in general.  He's wonderful and I adore him with every fiber of my being.  And, I, erm, kind of have a crush on him.  Just don't tell anyone. ;)

Ellie is fast, furious, and totally fantastic!  She makes me smile and whoop with joy and triumph.  She's spunky, and her pet monkey, Puck, is adorable.  The little bond they have really adds to the story and shows you all sides of Ellie's character.

Audrey, too, is just...wow.  She blew me away.  She's the kind of girl who talks in exclamation marks and is the life of the party.  Some people might find her annoying but I couldn't get enough of her!

The Whisper ~
Wait, I take that back.  I could get enough of her, and almost every other character.
While The Roar is from Mika's perspective (with some of Ellie's and Mal Gorman's in the mix), The Whisper is allll over the map.  Every-stinking-where!  Almost everyone seems to have a few chapters (or more) from their perspective.  I just didn't care about all those other characters enough to get into it.  Some were new characters who pop out of nowhere.  Others are old characters who don't really have a huge part in the story.  I read this book to discover what happens to Mika and Ellie, not the rest of the world.

Mika and Ellie are the only characters who remained interesting, so I found myself skimming some of the other parts because it didn't mean anything to me.

The Roar ~
WHAT a story.  Like, fan-freaking-tastic!  Think X-men, dystopia, and just good sci-fi.  I was riveted, first time and second time.  Everything unfolds to perfectly, it's hard not to want to want to know what's next and keep turning the pages.  The sci-fi elements were so great.  Kids trained to fight Pods and who also develop superpowers because of a drink they were forced to take?  Yeah, i'll read that any time.  And the lights?  Way too cool!!

The Whisper ~
She lost me.  Emma Clayton lost me.  And at about 30 pages, no less, when I realized it was going nowhere I wanted to follow.  But it was taking Mika and Ellie with it (just barely) so I decided to go along with it, at least for a bit.

But nothing...happened.  It felt very much like an excessive extension of The Roar.  It could have been compacted into 50 pages and attached to the end of The Roar, but instead, its 350 pages were endless.

~ So what should you do? ~
As the reader, obviously that's your choice.  But I say...  Read The Roar.  Know where the story is going to end (it's obvious), and be happy with it.  End there, satisfied.  If you're curious about The Whisper, kill it, before it kills you.  Or your cat.

8 comments:

  1. I've never heard much about this series, though I was wondering what it's like. I'll definitely pick up The Roar now, at least. It's such as shame when sequels don't live up to the awesomeness of the first book. Thanks for the reviews!

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  2. Thanks for commenting!  Yeah, it's really a sad day...especially when you waited over 2 years for the sequel.  Ah, well, there are others.  But it's still not a fun feeling.

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  3. Ooh I haven't heard of this but I'm interested from your review! Ahh I hate it when sequels disappoint you though because it's one of the worse feelings. I'm glad that even though you didn't like the sequel, the first one was good! I might try that and not read The Whisper. Thanks for your honest review. :) 

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  4. Thanks for the comment Elena!  I know, it seriously is the WORST feeling.  It kind of breaks your heart :(  Definitely try out The Roar, though.  It's really wonderful! :D

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  5. Too bad The Whisper didn't live up to The Roar, it's always disappointing to love a first book so much only to be let down by the second. Still, The Roar sounds awesome, and this is a series I haven't heard of before, so thanks for the recommendation!

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  6. Thanks for the comment, Jenny! :)  Glad you've decided to pick up The Roar!  It's definitely worth it :)

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  7. YOu guys are just trying to act cool. The whisper was even better than the roar.

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  8. I dont know they are both good

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