Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Road

I just picked this book up last night. I finished it tonight. It's not often that I finish a book in two days. Part of it was because it was really easy to read and pretty short. It was also very hard to put down. It's very well written with an original, different style of writing.

Without giving too much away it's a story set several years after some type of extremely devastating event that's never truly explained. A father and son is trying to get as far south as possible before winter sets in. They've got to deal with the trials and tribulations of the road in a post-apocalyptic world. I highly recommend it if you haven't already read it. You can find it under Survival Fiction if you click on my amazon store.

7 comments:

theotherryan said...
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The Urban Survivalist said...

The otherryan posted "I read that, I think. I found it a bit uneven with some minor flaws and almost 100% lacking in useful information or lessons, except that it sucks to be alone and walking along the road without food and such."

The other paragraph gave away the ending. Maybe someone would like to read the book and see how it ends for themselves :)

theotherryan said...

I appologize for the spoiler. It was unintended.

BillH said...

That's the same author who did "No Country For Old Men", which has a similar lean toward "humans are bad, life makes no sense, there is no hope". My sweetie and I didn't much care for it, because it is so very bleak, and like theotherryan said, it has no useful lessons. We couldn't get past the feeling that it was a disaster of epic global warming proportions... else the food situation might have been different.

It did prompt my sweetie to ask if I thought we needed a couple more cases of cans in storage ;-)

The Urban Survivalist said...

I'll admit that it wasn't much of a survival manual. You can still take a few things away from it. For one thing what are you truly prepared to survive? What would it take to survive in a world like that?

www.SHTFblog.com said...

I liked the book, it was well written. I never read a fictional SHTF book looking for the "how-to" preparedness types of information, though. What they're good at is stimulating your thinking. Like billh said, it's also good to get OTHERS thinking about survivalism.

I could get my wife to read The Road, but not some "how to store beans for 5 years" type of book". The 2nd book might come after she reads the first.

fallout11 said...

RangerMan is spot on here, the secret to 'The Road' and similar works is that they get people thinking.....often people who would not, under ordinary conditions, be contemplating this issues.