The Road is one of the most depressing, stark and lonely books a person can read and it is absolutely amazing. McCarthy creates a world that has fallen off of its precipice. Nothing can grow anymore, the cities have emptied and the few humans left scramble for food, resorting to even eating each other. The story follows a boy and his father and their harrowing journey to stay alive. Stripped away from the normal world The Road explores the worth of a human life and the extremes humans go to preserve themselves. Backed by minimal and poignant pose McCarthy carves a dim future where all that matters page after page is the hope of one little boy.
In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.