'The Road is a brilliant novel and a great work of literature – but first and foremost it is an amazing experience. I was totally immersed in this grim world and in the story of a man (who is dying slowly and painfully) and a boy journeying through a country destroyed by some cataclysmic event. The book portrays a bleak, cold, grey world which is without hope but where to despair is to die. Yet even in it’s darkest moments this is a book lit up by a story of incandescent love – the love between a father and son.
As father and son plod slowly south on their way to a hopefully slightly better climate we learn that the father has promised to kill his son at the time of his own death for he cannot bear to leave him alone in such a hostile world.