The RoadPaperback - 2006
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.
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So many people rate this highly, but I just couldn't appreciate a graphic depiction of a post apocalyptic America. Maybe it was my state of mind but when I read, I don't want something dead depressing no matter how well written.
A boy and his father struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic United States.
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The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable. A blackness to hurt your ears with listening.
This is my child, he said. I was a dead man's brains out of his hair. That is my job.