I don't think I appreciated The Road until I finished it. The images of this dark journey haunted me for days afterward. It has been some time since I finished it, and I can still remember certain parts so vividly that my heart starts to beat faster. Any book that can make you feel anything with such intensity is a success.
The Road is a journey taken by a father and son across a post-apocalyptic landscape. The sun has been blocked out by ashen skies. There is little water to be found. There are only shadows left of the world as it once was. The reason for the destruction is unknown, but it has brought humans down to the lowest level of being -- and on the Road it is survival of the fittest. The father and son struggle with staying alive, while maintaining their humanity.
In 2007, The Road earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and easily became one of my favorite books.