The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
Mrs Salter’s review-
This is a very intense and terrible story that I couldn’t stop reading. A cautionary tale, not for every reader.
The end of the world came years ago, those left walk hopelessly in the dim smokey wilderness avoiding the lawless scavengers who are so hungry they will eat anything, even you. Not a tree or a bug have survived, the sun is blocked and finding food or a pair of shoes is just about impossible. For these two, hope is still a tiny flicker in a place void of a future.
For all that, this is a worthwhile read, oddly addictive and beautifully written.