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Book Club Kits: The Roar

Alamance County Public Libraries offer Book Club Kits for check out to area book clubs. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and a reading guide.

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Book Summary

Mika lives in future London, behind The Wall: Solid concrete topped with high-voltage razor wire and guarded by a battalion of Ghengis Borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the plague.

Or so Mika's been told.

But ever since Ellie vanished a year ago, Mika's suspected his world may be built on secrets--and lies. When a mysterious organization starts recruiting mutant kids to compete in violent virtual reality games, Mika takes the chance to search for his twin sister--and the truth.

Discussion Questions

  • Where was Ellie going when she escaped? Why was it so important to Mal Gorman that she be captured?

  • What is the connection between Ellie and Puck?

  • Why is Mika convinced that Ellie is still alive?

  • Why does Mika refuse to drink the Fit Mix? Why do his classmates drink it? Would you drink it?

  • Describe Mal Gorman’s attitude towards the children in his care. Why does he think they should be grateful to him?

  • Who is Helen?

  • Why are the parents so willing to let their kids compete in the Pod Fighter tournaments? Why does Mika compete?

  • What is the goal of the Youth Development Foundation?

  • Why does Mal Gorman take everlife pills? Would you take them if they were available? Why or why not?

  • Why is Mika able to see Mal Gorman in his dreams?

  • Why did Mika and Audrey take a pod fighter and go over the wall? What did they find on the other side?

  • Why did the World Conservation Club create the animal plague? Were their actions justified?

  • Why do the children wake up at the end of the book?