by Cormac McCarthy
This novel is a complete departure from the literary western that has become McCarthy's signature genre (Border Trilogy). Though the topic and scenery may have changed, The Road is as starkly beautiful as his previous works and, at times, as startlingly brutal. The Road is a novel about the journey of a father and his young son in a post-apocalyptic world where grey ash chokes out the sun. All plant and animal life is extinct and thus any readily available food source has disappeared. Roving bands of cannibals make the chance of survival slim. The boy and his father remain the only "light" in the failing world of the future. An eerie sense of foreboding stayed with me after finishing The Road.