Book Review: The Road

Author: Cormac McCarthy

Published: September 2006

Publisher: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

ISBN: 0307265439


The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a great, unexplained cataclysm. Civilization has been destroyed, and most species have become extinct. The sun is obscured by dark clouds, and the climate has been altered radically. Plants do not grow. Humanity consists largely of bands of cannibals, and refugee-travelers who scavenge for food. (via Wikipedia)

Now, for MY take on it:

It was okay. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t amazing. Just okay. It may seem as if I’m being pretentious, but I really didn’t enjoy reading it. It’s not that I didn’t understand the story or what was going on. It was just super depressing. I try not to read depressing books because there is enough depressing stuff in life. But I had heard such amazing things about this book and wanted to read it for myself. Despite the lack of dialogue and modern grammar structure, I understood what the plot was and what had happened. Some scenes were so graphic, I couldn’t close my eyes after reading that part. I have a vivid imagination so when I would close my eyes, all I could see was what I had read. Some areas are very graphic and not for the faint of heart.

“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever”.


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