This story follows a father and son who are trying to survive on Earth after it has been wiped almost clear of humankind. The world is desolate, food is scarce and hope is non-existent. Still, the father and son have the bond most people dream of having with their children. The life lessons that matter still are being taught, despite the hopelessness of the landscape. Life has an interesting way of working out, even after tragedy.
Cormac McCarthy excels in creating a moody mental environment on many levels, but one of his most profoundly disturbing creations is The Road. The novel is set in a world ravaged by an unspecified disaster that has successfully wiped out most life on earth; the world has succumbed to cannibals and the world lies in ruin. The Man and the Boy, as they’re referred to, traverse across this wasteland of civilization in a last ditch effort to survive the harsh seasons. The characters themselves, on a glance so one-dimensional it can be almost painful, reveal a depth of humanity and a fierce devotion to each other that shines resiliently strong in the ravaged countryside.