This book has been on my “To Read” list for a very long time. I knew it was about some hard things, but it also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, so I really wanted to check it out.
So here are the positive things. It is extremely well-written. The simple, bare style echoes the dystopian world perfectly. You are never quite sure what is going on, but neither are the two main characters, the Boy and the Man. We never know their names, never really find out what happened to the world, but we do know they are on a quest. A quest to get to the ocean and find more “good guy” survivors. The relationship between the Boy and the Man is one of love, but also of determination.
The negative: horrific images that are ingrained in your mind for a very long time. If you were wondering what people would do to survive, this will answer that question but in a very frightening way. Be prepared for some very disturbing scenes. It’s a double-edged sword: the book is so well-written that the scenes stay with you even though you’d like to forget them.
Definitely worth the read, but be prepared if you’re squeamish.
Next week’s book: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. It’s not what you think it is, I promise!!