Why did I love this book?
The Road is the ultimate post-apocalyptic novel if you’re looking for grittiness, realism, and suspense. The entire novel follows a father searching for safety for his son; their entire life is a quest to survive. The Road is what I think every post-apocalyptic writer secretly wishes they could write—I know I do—and I like to think the quiet moments in my own book comes from this wish. The Road is raw, terrifying, and horrific but also filled with hope and the unyielding love a parent has for their child. It’s a masterpiece. The only thing it doesn’t have is humour, so as much as I am in awe of McCarthy’s prose, my own post-apocalyptic novel has a great deal more (dark) comedy and moments of levity.