The Road by Cormac McCarthy
In a searing post-apocalyptic era of America a father and a son travel. Since it is after the extinction event, the entire land is covered with land and devoid of life. Prior to the beginning of the story, the boy’s pregnant mother committed suicide at the time of disaster. The story reveals no names of the father and his son, but all we know is the charming nature of the story. In a deadly winter. The boy heads South, carrying meager possessions in their knapsacks and cart. The man isn’t healthy; he is suffering from a serious cough and exactly knows that he is dying. The man reassures his son that they are good; a pistol with two rounds is their defensive weapon and the father has taught the boy to use the gun on himself to avoid landing in the Cannibals’ hands.
When the father and the son fall on the marauders, the father uses one of the rounds to kill a marauder and they later flee, leaving most of their possessions behind. As they search for a safe place, there seems to be none…
Publication Date: 26th September 2006 by Knopf.