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The final installment

*Excitement*! My copy of Mockingjay has been sent out to me today!
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The Road - update

Hellooo - long time, no writing, but no new books completed yet :( I've been super busy with work and it doesn't look to be settling down for a few weeks more. However, I did find time to watch the film version of The Road.
And... It was one of the best book adaptations I have seen! Of course, it's not got the same "feel" as the book, but if you find you just can't get into the novel's style of writing the dvd is definately worth renting. Almost every event is covered and the story is mostly the same. There are a few embellishments where the book left things open to interpretation, but if you just take it as "one persons opinion" it's very good.

I'm currently trying to find time to finish Catching Fire, then I have a new Phillippa Gregory book to read. So more reviews soon I hope! Annoyingly I've not found one to moan about in a long time.... Eclipse could be calling! Haha... ...ahem.
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The Road

If you ever want to feel hungry. Read this book. If you ever spend spare moments wondering how you'd survive an apocalypse. Read this book. If you've ever wanted an insight into father/son bonds. Read this book.

However, if you want a story arc. Don't read this book.

 The Road is different to any other story I've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up. I'm not even sure why I picked it up as it's very much what I would consider at first glance to be a "man book". (I was wrong on that judgement by the way.) But, I did pick it up, and I was taken on a journey altogether unique in relation to what I've spent time reading before.
The journey here is emotional. A father and son find themselves surviving day to day on nothing, surrounded by nothing, with nothing to look forward to. Therefore, any story there is is very repetitive: find food, guard food, eat food tentitively.
Danger comes and goes without unnecessary confrontation. Small goals achieved are celebrated with a rare can of coke. And the ending comes as a heartbreak even though you see it coming from page 1.

I loved The Road. It is probably going down as one of my favourite books. I thought it was very real in a very unreal situation. The writing was so tense in the characterisation and emotion that I felt that I was there beside the father and son, trekking day to day hoping I would find somewhere safe to rest and perhaps something to eat. The descriptions were so good I pictured everything as if I had already seen it before. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what they would come across next: Whether the sick father could still protect his son from the cannibals. Whether the son would overcome his fear and naivety. Whether there really would be anything in the south...

The book was brilliant, but I don't think I would recommend it to everyone. You really have to remove yourself from any expectation of traditional story writing and see the subtle character developments as the main reason for reading. You really have to buy in to the relationship between father and son. I don't think that's necessarily for everyone, but if you're going to try, The Road is very much worth the effort!

P.S
(There is a film made of this book. I haven't seen it, but those who have say its very good and true to the book. Maybe worth a look if you're interested but don't fancy reading it!)
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