The Road - Cormac McCarthy

The Road

By Cormac McCarthy

  • Release Date: 2006-09-26
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,969 Ratings



The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post



    By Prophet Amos
    The book had a good feel to it, at times quite depressing. I enjoyed the relationship between the father and his son. I was informed by an Apple Representative that McCarthy choose to keep contraction errors, which resulted in bastardize the English language, and McCarthy passing poor grammar on to young impressionable minds. I gave it an OK rating due to the intentional errors by McCarthy.
  • No zombies :)

    By ChickaSticka
    The way it was written, for me, gives ability to live out each scene. There’s no interruption of “he said, she said.” I appreciated the book and made the mistake of expecting close to the same for the movie. This story reminds me of a book I read in my younger years: Alas, Babylon.
  • The Road

    By JKWMD
    The will to live in the good and the evil. Thank you Mr. McCarthy.
  • Sewytg

    By weppb
  • In Ss

    By vetobuetyyduee
  • Visceral

    By Cricket's mom
    I only give 5 stars for books like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones... That being said it I could do another half star I would! The journey the characters undertake are a raw look at humanity. The perspective of the main character is so stark and realistic. The fact that you journey deep into his psyche and yet never know him. You have so much and so little. It was a read like no other. Hope there is a part 2!!!
  • Enchanting

    By Ibravori
    Although McCarthy creates a novel full of tension and wretched survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The messages portrayed by the father and son are powerful and impactful. Will definitely read again!
  • Unlike anything else

    By A boy who reads
    I only read this book because my dad said to. I was a little skeptical when I started but quickly began enjoying every second of it. It's a slow moving book with many horrible and gruesome events that take place. The conversations between the man and boy are very well written, like an actual child is talking. Overall it was very entertaining, fascinating, and heartbreaking book all at once.
  • A book of its own.

    By OwlMaster64
    I love the book and I love the movie. I read this book in high school and did a report on it. I was given an A for "nailing it" (the exact words use by the teacher). This book was a page turner for me. I wanted to know what happen next and before I knew it I had read the final page I grew sad that I wouldn't find out what happened next. I do not usually like books that could have terrible things in them but u needed to know what beheld in this book "The Road"
  • Absolutely breathtaking story

    By mjm11983
    Any book enthusiast should read this book at least once. An absolutely brilliant read.