I’ve read the book and saw the movie adaptation with Viggo Mortensen as Man and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Boy.  The Road was a quick read about the journey of a father and his son in post-apocalyptic America.  Without adequate resources and a car, they trek across the harsh land toward warmer weather.  They stay away from danger, bandits and cannibals, as much as possible by staying on the paved roads.  They still come into contact with dangerous elements, but find ways to cope and escape.  His father keeps his son in check through reinforcement as his fears increase along the way.  During those times I found myself wondering why he said “papa” so much, I sought to identify with the boy to better understand him.  I’m not sure if it was McCarthy’s intent, but the son soon became a little too much for me.  It might be the story became too uncomfortable for me, thinking of being a parent while living in a post-apocalyptic America where there are too many unknowns and not enough supplies readily available. No thanks.  The father and son continue on their trek and learn even more of the other’s strengths and weaknesses.  When they arrive to their last destination, it’s a passing of the torch so to speak.  The boy has now become a man (as much as this world allows), and finds a new way to survive.  Now, you might be asking yourself why I’m recommending this book if I found the boy to be somewhat repetitive in his words and annoying at times. I’m recommending it because while this isn’t a nail biter kind of book, McCarthy’s description and story is still good.  I warn you McCarthy doesn’t like quotations or commas so don’t be alarmed when you don’t find them.