Title: The Roar
Our world is gone, it ceased the day the roar came. It enslaved those it could reach. I was one of those taken, used, and marked as property.
Hope is a luxury I don’t allow anymore. The roar is harvesting us down to nothing. The roar always wants something more. Always.
The Roar is one of those rare Dystopian novels that doesn’t make you feel like you have already read the story somewhere before. I found the main idea of this novel to be completely original, and I couldn’t put the book down. The protagonist, Alex, was fierce and I enjoyed how rough the setting of this novel was. It wasn’t a glamorous setting, and showed what would happen if the world was taken over by this mysterious force called The Roar. I felt that the Earth in this novel was fighting back against the human race, and that is something that we all need to think about in today’s times. A.M. White’s writing style is also extremely poetic, and reading her novel was a literary treat. One of my favorite examples of her styles from The Roar is as follows:
“With each ram of the shovel, puffs of my breath escaped and floated away. My eyes watched my breath drift from the ditch and get lost in the sky above. I wondered if that is how our soul leaves the body.”
This quote alone showed me how deep of a thinker and author she is, to put so much meaning into small things such as puffs of breath. Her style reminds me of classic authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But the only problem I had with this novel was the ending. It was too abrupt for my tastes, and the cliffhanger made the novel seem almost incomplete. I always try to tell authors to steer clear from the cliffhanger ending, due to the fact that many times it can turn the reader off and make them feel that the author is forcing them to buy the sequel. If this ending were more complete and made the novel appear as a standalone, I would have given it an astounding 5/5.
But overall, I loved this novel. I loved how gritty the plot and characters were, and I loved the originality of it. The editing was also perfect, and the interior layout of the book was very professional. I will gladly pick up the rest of the books in this series when they are released, and I do think that this book is perfect for readers who want dystopian novels that aren’t similar to anything else in the current market. White is a master of her words, description, and plot and I completely lost myself in this novel. The main character of Alex rings with the same tough personality as Katniss from The Hunger Games, but in my opinion Alex is an even better developed character, and I can proudly say that she is now one of my favorite characters of all time.
- Editing: 5/5
- Originality: 5/5
- Artistic Style: 5/5
- Plot Development: 4/5 – due to incomplete ending
- Character Development: 5/5
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