As a Pulitzer Prize-winning book set in a post-apocalyptic world, I thought this novel would be perfect for my Reading Challenge. And Cormac McCarthy delivered a gritty and grim tale that gave me pause, just as friends assured me he would.
The post-apocalyptic setting first gripped me in 6th grade when Mrs. Snellback introduced me to Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien. I re-read that book in 1999 and the story continued to resonate with me. I think one theme that I discovered as a young reader and learned to appreciate with maturity is the enduring human will to survive.
And The Road captured that indestructible struggle perfectly. While there were characters who gave up their humanity, the unnamed father and son traversing the road south did not.