A man and his son follow the road in a post apocalyptic world in search of a place to live with better conditions. They face starvation, thirst, and the road agents that eat the dead to survive. The man protects his son at all costs. This book shows the struggles of the new world and the challenges the pair face as they fight for survival.
I enjoyed this book even though it was hard to understand at times and it was depressing. The fact that the author, Cormac McCarthy, doesn’t use quotation marks makes it difficult to tell when and who is talking. Overall if was a good but sad story.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommendations: The Amulet of Samarkand, Percy Jackson series.
In post-apocalyptic America a father and his young son follow a road south through the charred landscape. As they travel, pushing all of their earthly possessions in a wobbly shopping cart, they must battle against the winter weather, hunger, thirst, illness, and ominous bands of marauding “bad guys.” Each time they grow closer to starvation, they must risk more and more just to remain living and to continue their quest. Along the way, the man remembers bits of life from an earlier time when they still had his wife to complete their family. What happened to their world? Will they survive and make it to the coast? How will their journey end?
As I read The Road I found myself on edge fretting about the fate of the nameless man and boy. I also found myself frequently pausing to look up words to fully grasp the specific details of their situation. I like how McCarthy hinted at the perils surrounding the protagonist pair without dwelling on the gristly details of their fallen world. He reveals enough to create an ominous setting, but he keeps his primary focus on the relationship between the father and son and their desperate fight for survival. The author uses an ugly topic to tell a beautiful story of familial love and the natural human desire to remain living even when “life” means little more than an unceasing battle for survival. While their situation was ever bleak, they did always seem to find what they needed in the nick of time, and this contrivance rang a bit hollow. Reading The Road made me reconsider both the meaning of life and the proper role of guns in a post-apocalyptic world.
Summary: A depressing book about a father and his son surviving a burnt world. Continuing to head South, they encounter a couple of desperate survivors who rely on cannibalism and violent ways to live. In the end, the father was too ill to go on, leaving the boy in an almost hopeless world.
Evaluation: I like it have a few surprises here and there, but it’s really sad how the boy changes throughout the book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger
American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
The story The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a very interesting story to read. This story takes place in the future and is about people dying and the word ending in just dust and sorrow. In the beginning the little boy clings to his father because he’s the only thing the boy’s got to have a desire to keep on living. As the boy, the father cares about the boy because the boy is his only son and reminds him of the wife. The boy and the father (who Cormac never gave names to) were running around the world trying to survive on whatever they can find. They run into situations where they have to go weeks without bathing but at some point and somehow they always end up showering in places you may least expect to happen. The little boy is the most caring person in this horrific story, he wishes he could save everyone and give them all food. As this small family travels the world looking for a place to restart their lives, they run into crazy ‘bumps in the road’.
This book is the most depressing, intense book I have personally EVER read! This book kept me up a lot wondering what the hell would happen next. I couldn’t stop reading this amazing book. If McCarthy had another book that is similar to this one I would read it immediately. This book messed with my emotions and all that humanly kind of things. I was on the verge of crying about the dog and the baby and the little boy and how that whole situation turned out. I could see every piece of this story clearly in my brain just like a movie. If only you knew how it felt to have seen them running in the sand, hoping they can get everything back from some cruel guy that doesn’t deserve to live. This book really shook me up and got me to thinking, what would the world be like if it did have a HUGE famine like that and that it was everyone for themself, with no power, no water, no nothing. And I nearly jumped when I read the part about the men and ladies screaming crawling out of the basement asking for help, with their limbs chopped off. Oh dear God, I can still see that part clearly like I just read that scene.
Rating: Full on 5 outta 5
Blindness -by- Jose Sagamago
Monsters of Men –by- Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer –by- Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go–by- Patrick Ness
Summary: The Road is a great post-apocalyptic story of a man and his son traveling through what is left of the world and trying to survive. They come across what remains of old trains, trucks, and houses and salvage what food they can find. Will they make it through the long journey to the coast?
Evaluation: The Road is very dark and very vivid. The relationship between the man and his son is touching. The writing creates an incredible image of the sullen, burned world. Sounds depressing, but definitely worth reading.
Rating: 4 stars.
Recommendations: Anthem, Fahrenheit 451, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Summary: The man and his son (names never mentioned in the book) are two of the few survivors of what seemed to be the end of the world (never mentioned what happened in the book either). As they live through starvation and fear of “bad guys,” they manage to find food and meet a few interesting people, although some aren’t very friendly. As the man tries to manage his sickness, the boy becomes getting sick and starts asking questions that were hoped to never be reached. Making it to the south for warmth and a healthier life is a lot harder and more frustrating when on the verge of death.
Evaluation: This is probably one of the more depressing books that I’ve read in a while. Although a little hope lingered in the boy, he still knows that eventually the dad with die to leaving the boy alone. Reading this book was very intriguing and often made me wonder if I was in this situation would I have been as smart and thought provoked during a time of death and sorrow like the boy. Now I’m afraid if I watch the movie I’ll start getting sick and possibly start crying.
Rating: 5 stars
•The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
•The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
•Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White