Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book #18 "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

The Road is another popular apocalypse book, which is why I wanted to read it.  Apparently my apocalypse obsession isn't quite normal, but I just can't get enough.  It starts out several years post nuclear war.  The sky is filled with ash, blocking the sun, which makes the entire earth much colder.  Nearly all plants and animals are dead, along with most people.  The man and his young son are trying to get farther south before the winter because they are afraid they won't survive another winter where they are.

The book started out a little slow and completely focused on the present.  I was afraid the author would never explain what had happened, but eventually he did.  What he did so well was show the intense fear of these two people as they try to survive.  There was so little food left anywhere, along with warm clothing and shoes, that their everyday survival was a miracle.  Most of the surviving people had resorted to murder and cannibalism, making them the most dangerous element.  McCarthy makes the reader feel the cold and desperation of the characters.  When good things happened to them, I was immensely happy but also waiting for the next bad thing with a pit in my stomach.

This book is incredibly well-written and imaginative.  It creates the world so clearly and the reader becomes so connected to the two characters, despite there being only minimal conversation throughout.  It's a very intense and thought-provoking story.

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