The Road – Cormac McCarthy

mWPdBnv10I_Xx0KkH_pFMfAI just finished The Road and I am an emotional wreck. This is the harrowing story of a man and his son travelling across post-apocalyptic America, just trying to survive. There are some horrifying moments involving cannibals and corpses, alongside the truly moving relationship between a father and son.

This book has a unique style, beautifully written in a continuous stream following the journey of the man and the boy. The Road shows instances of humanity at its best and at its worst, in a disturbingly possible future. It is recommended that this book is read in one sitting, but I had no trouble putting it down and coming back to it later. The writing style is very easy to get back into and the story itself is gripping (putting it down was much harder than picking it back up).

This is not in any way a light read but, despite the utter devastation and misery, there is always a thread of hope for the characters and for humanity as a whole which you’ll find yourself clinging to while you read. Prepare to be traumatised in the best way possible.

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