In My Unhelpful Opinion – A Shitty Book Review
As per usual (do three book reviews count as usual at this point? Or do I have to write more before I can use that phrase?) my review of The Road on my GoodReads account can be accessed here and this review is a more “in-depth” one… sort of. If ranting can be considered in-depth. The Road as a novel also lacks depth, so that poses a problem too . Also spoilers I guess?
However, I do dig the start of my GoodReads review which was: what a boring ass book. Honestly I have never read anything more mundane in my entire life and I have read a good many deal of books in my time both good and bad. This book is set at the end of the world with freaking CANNIBALS and it still manages to be the most mind-numbing plot line ever. Things almost happen – they have the potential to be exciting. Friggen not gonna happen. The most exciting thing that happens is “the man” gets hit in the leg with an arrow or something (I finished this book just over 12 hours ago and I honestly can’t remember. Though I’m pretty sure it was an arrow).
Also holy cheese on a cracker “the boy” was the single most irritating character. This kid, in this new world that he lives in, should be dead. He was crying ALL THE TIME. Like omg it is the end of the world, grow some balls and learn how to survive. Again like I said in the GoodReads, I’m guessing the boy’s goodness and innocence is supposed to be reflective of the world they live in. Probably a little something about human nature and the difference of being the child who is being protected and the father, who is doing the protecting. Friggen barf. Maybe I’m spoiled with how awesome Carl is from The Walking Dead. I mean, he has actual character development and knows when to kill and when not too. This “the boy” had all his shit stolen from him including shoes, food, blankets and flint, is left to die on the beach and is like “well he was just hungry”. That’s not childhood innocence. That is ignorance and naïveté that should not be rewarded or allowed to continue if either of them want to survive. Who leaves your only fucking gun in the sand in a world that is borderline killing you everyday?
I thought maybe it was about a father’s love (not mum’s though ‘cause she most likely killed herself when she realized there was no hope left in the world) for his son, but even that turned out to be boring and lame. His whole thing was making sure his son survives, or that they die together. The Man dies and he’s like nope can’t do it, I’m going to let him get by on luck and the good will of strangers not to kill my boy because I can’t do it. I mean, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to kill your child, but not doing it goes against pretty much everything that the book goes on about.
I give it 2/5 stars and that’s being generous because it was actually the narrator of the audio book that kept me going on this one. However, I give credit where credit is due and I remained entertained enough to want to see how it ends. There was no character development, so didn’t’ even care that he died. Honestly I thought the boy was gonna get kidnapped and eaten or something, ‘cause I heard this book described as “tragic”. I also made a quick trip to the cliff notes pages (since this is an audio book and not a hard copy) and I didn’t realize that McCarthy’s writing style added to the style of hopelessness to the book. So half point there, because Atwood did a similar thing and I liked that. Honestly overall I’m super disappointed in this book, which is a shame because it has been on my reading list for so long and I heard such good things.