The Road – Review
I rarely re-read books for one reason: I know what is gonna happen. I mean, really. It's not like a video game where you can change your actions in fights and still get the same outcome or play it on a different difficulty for a challenge. There really isn't much thrill in reading it again if you know what’s coming up next. This goes for all books, in my opinion.
Although Eragon is a fantastic book, and one of my favorites, I am sure people read it again and again. It sadly isn't the mind blowing "OMG I WANT TO MARRY THIS BOOK!" type thing to me. I really like the series. I enjoy the books. And, like Harry Potter, believe they open up one of the most powerful imaginations of all time.
There is one book, however, that I am considering to read again. That book is The Road. The father and son, the two main characters, in that book stuck to me. And I, honestly, hated to actually finish that book. And this was for summer reading. (There rarely are good books for summer reading.) And now that I have to read my second book, I know it won’t be the same. Even though The Road was a mandatory book, like Inkheart last summer, I enjoyed it. Except Inkheart was just "good". The Road was something else. I mean, I love the apocalyptic theme of it, and anything like that, but it just stuck to you and still gave you hope for the father and son, even in the times where you thought they were going to starve to death or waste their last bullet in their gun.
The book makes you wonder how the world became how it was: A semi-barren, wiped out world with black ash covering sections of the world, where the sun shines grey and the water is black; where animals cease to exist and mad men walk the road across the world; where children are eaten and women are slaves; where no cities are populated, corpses fill the streets, and no laws fill the land. A world where food, water, and hope are all a thing of the past, but love between two people still exists. It shows what love really is: risking your life for the one you have only known for your whole life on this destroyed land, wandering with them for your life, having no place to go and just knowing death won't take you that day. That is the power this book holds.
The Road is quite possibly the only book to date I would read again, as I said before. It is the only book that truly almost brought me to tears and felt that no hope was left in the story. But I was wrong. While there is no hope left, all you can do is walk the road to nothing. Until the last page of the story, I felt love and a loss of hope for the father and son, and relief for them for staying alive. Especially the most horrendous times, when you could not help but wonder how someone could write something like that.
The Road, easily, earns a 100/100.
So yeah, sums up to be a must read.
The Road is also going to be a movie.