**spoiler alert** Okay FINE. I give. I'm reading it. It was all right. Choppy. Short. Easy to read. I didn't find myself particularly caring about the...more**spoiler alert** Okay FINE. I give. I'm reading it. It was all right. Choppy. Short. Easy to read. I didn't find myself particularly caring about the characters. I don't think the little boy gets eaten. Is that a spoiler? Sorry. Also, it's been 5 or so years since the "armageddon" thing, so why aren't people planting and growing things again? They were able to farm in Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Chernobyl after being nuked. Maybe it was chemical warfare. Dunno. Anyway, I'm not buying it. MEH. So here's an email chain to further explain:
_____________________________________________ From: Rachel To: Helen Subject: The Road
So, what am I supposed to be deciding? I don’t think the little boy gets eaten, but mostly because I think they wouldn’t have enticed him and the lady wouldn’t have hugged him if they planned on using him like a stringy calf. I don’t think these people were sophisticated enough to lure him in sweetly, in order to ward off those nasty chemicals your body produces when you’re scared/upset. They’re not cannibal gourmands or doctors. And, if it was a nuclear holocaust, why aren’t they planting things? It’s obviously been 5ish years or so since whatever happened (from the flash backs it seems like nuclear as opposed to chemical). They were planting and rebuilding within 5 years at Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Chernobyl. So, I suppose I think that the earth’s population will be wiped out in less than a decade since they’re not replanting or creating new societies. I’m not a big fan of the choppy, jump-around style either. Tom Clancy writes like that sometimes. I wasn’t sad when the dad died. I thought the mom sounded selfish and awful. The kid was okay. Do you still love me? I think I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t like this book. --Rachel
_____________________________________________ From: Helen To: Rachel Subject: RE: The Road
Girl, you crack me up! I don’t know about a boy getting eaten!!!!! No, do you think he was really dead at the end and that the man in the yellow parka was his ideal heaven or do you think he was really picked up and taken to a nice warm home or…. Did we read the same book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think he died.
They couldn’t grow food because there was no sun and ash kept covering everything up and it was cold!
Yes, I still love your guts but re-read, re-read!
Happy New Year!
Helen ________________________________________________________ From: Rachel To: Helen Subject: Re Re The Road I think it was just winter, and after five years, even nuclear winter lets up somewhat. Plus, I had a hard time reconciling his nuclear aftermath with what I’ve read happens, and that kept interfering. I wanted to say, “But Cormac, really, are you sure you want to go that way?” And Cormac would’ve just looked at me and said, “It’s FICTION, you idiot.” And I think the kid dies, just not then. Like I said, I think they all die in under ten years. BUT, I think that was a real man and a real woman and they really took him in. That there were still SOME good guys left. Not many. But some. But I didn’t feel good about it, because then they’d just all starve together, and it’s not like he could lead them back to that bomb shelter with all the goodies. So, death was imminent, just well, put off a bit for him. You know, so he could turn into a surly, hormonal teenager and they could regret the hell out of rescuing him before they all die together. Or maybe THEN they eat him to shut up his incessant, angsty whining. This is why I don’t like choppy stories like that. If it doesn’t flow well, my mind wanders too much and I start filling in all those blank spaces on the pages with my own version of events.
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