|Nomadic SA Chick||
A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
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Picture The Walking Dead, but without zombies, and that is The Road. McCarthy does a great job at building a beautiful story about true love and devotion for one's child, showing the great lengths someone would go to to protect their child. It's a good story, especially given McCarthy's unusual dialog patterns. He does an excellent job of building up suspense, and leaving you hanging a bit. You are always worried about what is around the next corner awaiting Pa and Boy. I doubt I could ever read this one again, but it is definitely worth reading at least once. My only real complaint about this book is that there is no back story. You know that they are living in a post-apocalyptic world, with few humans, no animals, and very little vegetation that has not already burned to the ground, but you have no idea how the world ended up in this state. That was a bit annoying.
I give this a 4 out of 5.