I was very happy to find out that I’m not the only person who didn’t like this book. Perhaps didn’t like is too strong…I really had few feelings towards it whatsoever.
The Road is about a father and son after something (you’re never told what, exactly) has killed most things in the United States. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but the United States is covered in ash, all the crops are dead, there’s no livestock, and food has to be scrounged. The father and son are heading towards the ocean, though they don’t even know what they will find when they get there. It’s about their journey, their relationship, and humanity.
Perhaps the author keeps the reader at a distance on purpose. Perhaps he doesn’t give names to the father and son because the father and son could be any one of us. But it kept me too removed from the story, too removed from connecting with the characters. I think it was a telling sign that I never cried, not even at the end. I closed the book because the story was over. The best books, though, when I close them, aren’t over. They replay in my head over and over again, and I think about the characters and what they do and why they do it and how they feel…they’ve become real. The author failed to make the characters real to me. It’s not that I couldn’t get into the story. It’s that the story didn’t do anything for me.
One interesting discussion that came about when discussing this book is your morals and ethics during times like the book puts forth. At a time when it’s very man for himself, is it wrong to kill someone who is trying to kill you? Does that mean that your morals and ethics have been put aside? This definitely made for some interesting conversation.
Have you read this book? Did you like it? What would you rate it on a scale of 1 to 5?