Year 2, Book 45

45. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I hated this book. I never would have picked it up if I had known what it was about. It has won a million awards and is Oprah’s current book pick. I knew all that, but somehow I failed to ever hear what exactly the book was about. Turns out it is some post-apocalyptic book, and I hate post-apocalyptic stuff. And that isn’t even the entire reason I hated it. First of all I really don’t understand why it is winning all this praise because I don’t think it is that well written or that creative. It doesn’t bring anything to the post-apocalyptic genre that hasn’t been done before. I felt like several of the scenes were complete rip-offs from Jose Saramago’s Blindness. At least half of the book is conversations between pretty much the only two characters an unnamed father and son, which I also found annoying. At least give the characters names. The conversations were nothing that creative and seriously repeated with the son not wanting to go into some place because he was scared and the father saying they had to because they were out of food and were going to die if they didn’t go investigate and find some. Plus you never even find out what actually wound up killing most of the people on Earth. Just a really bad book in my opinion. The only reason I finished it was because it was a super-quick read. I finished it in less than 3 hours. I seriously don’t understand why everyone thinks this book is so great. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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