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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Novel The Road

The Road is a Post-apocalyptic dystopian novel by the American writer Cormac McCarthy. The book revolves around the tale of the father and his son moving across a devastated land. Also, a destructed civilization after the occurrence of a blast.

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Author: Cormac McCarthy

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction/Dystopian/ Fiction 

Pages: 287

Goodreads Rating: 3.96/5     

My Rating:  7 out of 10

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Review and Summary of the Novel The Road

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This story is about the Father and the Son who struggles with the distressed land of America after an extinction event. The boy’s mother committed suicide, and this is where the story begins. The winter started, and the man realises that he won’t be able to survive the cold and harsh weather. They rush towards the South carrying their belongings. The man suffers from a cough and about to die so he teaches his son to use the revolver. It only has two rounds so he may defend himself against the cannibals.

Later on, they meet a group of robbers and run away from them leaving their possessions behind. Subsequently, they discovered a house with people being abducted by the cannibals. The pair also discovers a bunker full of food, clothes and other necessary goods which they used until they regained strength. They discovered a new cart and filled it with food and supplies and continues their journey. After some time when their supplies dry up and they starve, they reach the shore and cross the sea by a nearby boat.

The book offers an appealing and engaging storyline for something readers want to explore. It is all about the journey exploring the dystopian world. However, the book lacks entertainment although it contains love, heartbreak, struggle, devotion and almost all the sentiments making it an inspirational story. It explains the manner a father protects his son and teaches him how to protect himself from the cannibals until the end.

Final Say on the Dystopian Novel The Road

The book is well written, the dialogues look appealing and the only thing that compelled me is the question of why the father wants to move on. The most fascinating element is the exploration you undergo to find the answer. This book takes time to digest and may not satisfy the everyday reader. It is the tragic story of moving forward with despair and hopelessness. I’ve rated it 7 out of 10 because of the fascinating storyline it presents.

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