Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Frostbitten Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

Set after some unexplained apocalypse, a father and son walk down a road, trying to make it south before the winter get really bad. That's about all the summary you need.

This book was interesting. You never find out the father and sons, or any other characters, name the entire book. They are just addressed as Man and Boy. The world is now just an ashy gray landscape with it only changing between pitch black, kinda gray, and raining. A majority of the population has died and you don't want to cross paths with most of the people still alive. Finding food is just one of the many struggles they have to stay alive.

I keep flipping back on forth on this book. On one hand, I love how simple the book is. You never learns names, you never learn how the world got to this point, and you never learn what happens later. Instead you just follow the Man and the Boy as they wander through the currant world with its own currant problems. On the other hand, I felt like it was missing something. I don't really need to know what happened to the world – I enjoy guessing what happened – nor do I need to know if the world ever gets better. I'm not sure what it was, but I just wanted more from the book. I think I just wanted more of a relationship between the Man and the Boy. Usually their conversation was so impersonal and scattered that I would have thought they were just a Man and Boy who met up and decided to travel together instead of a Father and Son. Overall I didn't dislike the book. I just wanted more from it.

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

The forth book in a series, Frostbitten follows the only female werewolf: Elena Michaels. Werewolves are a hidden society that are either born, or bitten. If born, they don't become werewolves until puberty, and then it's only the males who inherit the werewolf gene. If bitten, the person immediately goes through the genetic change – an extremely painful process that not everyone survives. Before Elena, no female had successfully survived the Change. After two decades of getting used to being a werewolf, Elena has finally gotten used to her new life and she's become an extremely useful part of the Pack. This mission around Elena and her husband Clayton go to Alaska to look into some human deaths with Mutt's (non-Pack werewolves) being the probably cause. Between the harsh cold weather, the startlingly silent wilderness, and the a pack of rouge Mutts, Elena and Clayton have possibly bitten off more than they can chew.

Book count: 6

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