Published by Knopf on September 26th 2006
A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.
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.
A few weeks ago, I picked up my very first date night book. I didn’t know what to expect, and when I brought it home and opened it while on the phone with my mom on the phone, I told her what my book was. ‘The Road‘ by Cormac McCarthy. She mentioned that the book was turned into a movie, but she had come into the movie halfway, and didn’t finish. ( Only because she came to it half way in. )
Where to start – My date was dark, hopeless, and kept me engaged right from the beginning. Because of how much of a hold the book had on me, I finished in quite quickly.
‘The Road’ is a post-apocalyptic book, based around a father and son who are traveling across the USA. The world is burned, the sky has no color, and the water runs black. Ash and soot cover the land, and all that this father and son have is a cart full of some scavenged supplies, and a pistol with two bullets. Throw in some savage gangs who roam throughout the world, and you have an extremely intense, dark world.
‘People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.’
This book has been the most amazing, powerful, scary and by far the BEST book I have read this year. If I were to give you my top 3 books of 2014 ( That I have personally read this year), this amazing book would be number one. It kept me on the edge of my seat. There were moments and points throughout the book where I had to stop, and put it down. What I read had been emotional, or what I pictured in my mind had been so vivid that I needed to stop. The way this book was written made it very easy to picture what was going on, the world, everything. And sometimes, that was overwhelming.
I should add – It’s not for the faint of heart, and is extremely grim, depressing, even disheartening at points. It is by far one of the most intriguing books I have read in my life, but these type of books happen to be the type of books I love to read. My love of these dark books may differ from yours. If you are into this sort of thing, I HIGHLY recommend reading it. I give it 5 stars out of 5. If not, I highly recommend skipping past this one.
Now – The process of the ‘Blind Date’ was on of the best things ever! ( Didn’t see my post about this, click here! ) It was an amazingly fun thing to do, and I ended up getting a book I loved! If you ever have the chance to do this at your local library or bookstore, you should 100% try it! You might get something that takes you out of your comfort level, and you might end up liking a different genre of book! Don’t have a library near you or bookstore who does it, I highly suggest recommending it for them to try!