Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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.


The Road was recommended to me after I professed my love of apocalyptic stories. I was never disappointed while reading this book. I usually don't pay attention to mainstream stories and after being told this was an Oprah recommendation I almost shunned it. I'm glad I didn't.

Life just isn't worth living if there is no misery. I'm a fan of realistic endings and this book had one. Some would read this and complain it was dark, but the darkened quality is what sucked me in. 

A man and his son wonder though an empty, broken world of ash. Food is scarce and the people who are left alive have resorted to horrific actions to survive. What would you be willing to do to keep yourself and child alive and safe?

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